Injuries Unpacked #4: Shoulder Labral Lesion

What is the labrum in the shoulder?

The head of your arm bone sits in a shallow socket formed by your shoulder blade known as the glenoid cavity. This shallow socket is quite small and the labrum helps deepen the cavity and provide support to the head of your arm bone. This support helps stabilise the shoulder joint further and maintains the head of your arm bone in the cavity. The labrum is made of fibrous cartilage tissue and although it is very strong, it is susceptible to injury.

How is a labral lesion caused?

Labral lesions can be caused by several things as with other shoulder injuries. Common causes of a labral lesion can include; falling on an outstretched hand, a shoulder dislocation, strong biceps contraction or repetitive movements.

Symptoms of a labral lesion?

Symptoms of a labral tear can include hearing a clicking noise or feeling like your shoulder is catching on something when you move it. You may also experience a vague pain on the front or top of your shoulder which will worsen when you lift your arm up.

How will a physio diagnose labral lesion?

A physio will assess how your shoulder and arm is moving as well as look at how strong the muscles around your shoulder are. There are several special tests a physio can also perform which will help diagnose your injury.

How will my shoulder be treated?

Treatment will involve looking at the biomechanics of your shoulder to find out why the impingement is occurring.

If this sounds like something that you may be experiencing, give the clinic a call and we can help you identify the issue and treat it, quickly and professionally.