The labrum is a fibrocartilaginous ring that helps provide passive stability to the shoulder joint. The shoulder joint has the ability to move through a lot of range of motion and it can be helpful to think about the joint as a golf ball (head of the arm bone) sitting on a golf tee (socket). The labrum essentially helps provide the golf ball with extra support sitting on the tee. There are a few different types of tears that can occur, the most common being a SLAP tear and a Bankart lesion.
A SLAP tear, which stands for Superior (top of the joint) Labrum Anterior to Posterior (direction of tear). If you think about the shoulder joint as a clock, a SLAP tear can occur anywhere at the top of the clock from the 10 o’clock position to the 2 o’clock position. SLAP tears are often associated with repetitive throwing activity, falling and/or trauma to the shoulder. Symptoms can be mechanical meaning catching or locking, and often throwing becomes painful. Although these tears can cause symptoms such as pain, they are often found in individuals who do not have symptoms. For example, SLAP tears are commonly found in professional baseball pitchers who do not have symptoms. To learn more about MRI findings in individuals who do not have symptoms, we recommend reading this BLOG.
Another common type of labral tear is called a Bankart lesion, and in the same clock analogy, this tear occurs from the 3 o’clock to the 6 o’clock position. Usually this type of tear occurs due to anterior (forward) dislocation of the shoulder joint. We recommend reading this BLOG post on things to consider after a shoulder dislocation.In either case, physical therapy is a great way to manage labral tears to help you return to the activities you enjoy by regaining any motion loss and improving the stability and strength of your shoulder.
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