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Labral Tear of the Shoulder

The labrum is a piece of fibrocartilage (rubbery tissue) attached to the rim of the shoulder socket that helps keep the ball of the joint in place. When this cartilage is torn, it is called a labral tear. Labral tears may result from injury, or sometimes as part of the aging process. Symptoms and treatment vary depending on the type and severity of the tear.

Labral Tear of the Shoulder: What You Need to Know

 
  • A labral tear can be hard to diagnose. Clinicians will perform a physical examination and usually order X-rays and an MRI, but the most reliable way is through arthroscopy of the shoulder (a surgical procedure).
  • Treatment for a labral tear can include restricted rest, physical therapy or surgery, depending on the needs of the individual and severity of the injury.

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SLAP Tear Prevention Tips for Baseball and Softball Players

Sports medicine specialist John Wilckens, M.D. explains the origin of SLAP tears and what players, parents and coaches can do to prevent this injury.

Shoulder Injuries | Q&A with Dr. Edward McFarland

Orthopaedic surgeon Edward McFarland, M.D., talks about shoulder dislocation and subluxation (partial dislocation). He discusses common causes of these shoulder injuries, how they can be treated and what you can expect during recovery.

Why Choose Johns Hopkins for Treatment of Shoulder Labrum Tears 

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Our Shoulder Specialists


Rely on the expertise of our orthopaedic shoulder specialists to help you care for your shoulder cartilage (labral) tear.

Andrew Cosgarea, M.D.
Edward McFarland, M.D.
Uma Srikumaran, M.D.
Miho Tanaka, M.D.
John Tis, M.D. 
John Wilckens, M.D.

Bashir Zikria, M.D., M.Sc.

Learn more about our shoulder specialists.

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