Shoulder Conditions

Shoulder Labral Tear

The shoulder labrum is a ring of cartilage that surrounds the shoulder joint to help keep the arm and shoulder blade in place and add stability. Sometimes the labrum can become disrupted, frayed, or torn following a trauma, such as a shoulder dislocation or heavy lifting, but it can also occur from muscle weakness and shoulder instability. Some labral tears may need surgical intervention but would continue to benefit from physical therapy intervention to restore the joint function.


Common symptoms of a labral tear include: pain at the top of your shoulder, “popping, clunking, or catching” with shoulder movements, as well as shoulder weakness.

Apex Physical Therapy & Wellness Center is here to help

At Apex, a physical therapist will work with you and complete a full evaluation of the joint to create the best plan of care for your needs and personal goals.

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