Labrum tears are painful tears to the labrum tissue in the shoulder. The labrum supports the ball-and-socket shoulder joint, muscles, and rotator cuff tendons with shoulder ligaments.

When a labrum tear occurs, it limits the support and stability the labrum can provide to the shoulder. Labrum tears (SLAP, Bankart, or Posterior) cause a feeling of instability and can be accompanied by a grinding or locking sensation.

  • Superior labrum from anterior to posterior (or "SLAP") tears impact the upper arm. SLAP tears are felt most acutely in the bicep muscle, where it attaches to the shoulder.
  • Bankart tears impact the lower front quadrant of the Glenoid. These can be more common in younger patients with instability
  • Posterior labral tears impact the back of the glenoid. They typically present with posterior shoulder pain.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Pain, mainly when arms are raised or during the night
  • Grinding or friction in the shoulder area
  • Weakness
  • Limited mobility

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