The labrum is a soft cartilage that is located in the joint of each shoulder. There is a thicker labrum cartilage present at the joint where the upper leg attaches to your hip. Labrum Tear is a kind of shoulder injury that causes intense Shoulder Pain. It is less likely to hurt the hip labrum due to its thickness. There are other symptoms of labrum injury as well. There are three types of labrum tears of the shoulder.

Labrum Tear is a kind of injury that is really painful and causes lots of discomforts. It is the leading cause of partial or complete shoulder dislocation. If left untreated, the pain just worsens over time. It is the rotator cuff that holds the labrum in place along the ball socket joint. Both of these parts work together to enable smooth movement of the shoulder. So, if your labrum gets torn, then you will face difficulties in moving your shoulder.

If it is a minor tear, then there are home remedies that can help provide relief. Sufficient rest is crucial in every case. However, if it is a major tear, then the doctor will suggest getting surgery. Labrum surgery carries the risk of complications and there’s a long recovery period of nine to twelve months. This is why people prefer Non Surgical Treatments.

Now let’s look at some more information about Labrum injuries:-

  • Types of labrum tears
  • Symptoms of labrum tear
  • Risk Factors of labrum tear

Types of labrum tears:

There are three types of labrum tear injuries, which are:

SLAP tear:  SLAP stands for “superior labrum, anterior to posterior,” this means a tear that starts from front to back. If the tear is above the middle of the glenoid, it is called a SLAP tear. People who perform lots of overhead arm motions are prone to this type of injury. As it is pretty close to the bicep tendon, both injuries can happen simultaneously. Athletes who play cricket, tennis, and baseball have a high chance of suffering from SLAP tears.


Bankart tear: Younger people in their twenties are prone to having bankart tears if they have dislocated shoulders. If the tear is in the lower half of the glenoid, it is called a bankart tear. This can also happen while playing sports due to a high trauma movement.


Posterior labral tear: A rare kind of injury that damages the back of the shoulder joint is called a posterior labral tear. If you are in a motor accident, a fall with a stretched arm and a failed attempt to catch a heavy object in the air might cause this kind of injury.

Symptoms of labrum tear:

It is not wise to assume the intensity or type of injury by just focusing on the symptoms; however, having an idea does no harm.

Here are the symptoms of a labrum tear:-

  • Intense Pain: There is immense pain when you have a torn labrum. Every time you move your shoulder, you will feel the crushing pain. You will also feel the pain while you sleep. So it is advised that you seek pain management therapies from experts, don’t put any pressure on the shoulder, and take sufficient rest.


  • Loss of Mobility: It becomes impossible to move the shoulder with a torn labrum as the cartilage assists in the movement itself. Every time you try to move your shoulder, you will feel pain. The shoulder will also feel stiff, which will restrict your movement.


  • Sensations in the Shoulder: There are sensations of catching, locking, popping, and grinding in the shoulder. Your shoulder will not feel stable. If it is a bankart tear, then you will feel as if the arm will come off anytime.

Risk Factors of labrum tear:

There are certain factors that can raise your chances of getting a Labrum tear.

These factors are:-

  • Genetic Weakness: There are instances where every family member has the same weak body part. This is because they have a weakness that runs in their genes. If you have a genetically weak shoulder that your parents, grandparents, or ancestors had weak shoulders as well, then you have a high chance of getting an injury. You can prevent this by consulting a doctor regarding this before it takes effect.


  • Professional Requirements: If you work in a profession where you have to lift, push, pull heavy objects, and perform a lot of motions that require your shoulder strength, then you are prone to shoulder injuries. For example, A professional athlete is more prone to a shoulder injury than a lawyer because the sportsman has to make more shoulder movements which result in wear and tear.


  • Aging Effects: As the years pass, your body parts start getting weaker over time. Your cartilage and joints wear down due to constant use over the years. You also might suffer from age-related disorders like arthritis, which might weaken your shoulders even further.

All of these factors raise your chances of suffering a Labrum Tear and resulting in intense Shoulder Pain. In cases of minor tears, you should search for Non Surgical Treatments.

Author’s Bio:

The author of this article is an expert in the medical field. He has immense knowledge about injuries and disorders. The author believes that it is his duty to educate the people about the things that he knows. Writing is a medium for him to share his knowledge.