Labral Tear Chiropractor in Kansas City
Shoulder labral tears are common in many overhead athletes but can affect a broad scope of individuals.
Labral tears of the shoulder involve tearing to the ring-like cartilage structure of the shoulder socket. Repetitive activities, especially those overhead, and movements that require quick force through the shoulder can cause labral tears. We often see shoulder labral tears in athletes, such as baseball/softball players, volleyball players and swimmers, but it is a condition that can affect a wide range of individuals at varying ages – even in the absence of a traumatic event. Shoulder labral tears can also be seen in middle aged adults due to degeneration.
Symptoms of a labral tear
- Sharp pain when raising the arm
- Sharp pain with rotation of the affected shoulder
- Locking or catching sensations in the shoulder
- Referred pain to the front or outside of the affected arm
- Stiffness and a limited range of motion in the shoulder
- Instability and a feeling of weakness in the shoulder
Treatment of a Labral Tear
If surgical intervention is not deemed necessary or you want to try a more conservative approach, chiropractic and associated physical therapy can be effective in managing pain and restoring better function of the shoulder with a torn labrum.
Treatment of labral tears at F.I.T.
At F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic, the use of manual therapy techniques such as Active Release Technique, Graston/FAKTR/IASTM (instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization), and dry needling are useful in addressing tight or hypertonic muscles and trigger points.
Joint mobilizations focusing on cervical and thoracic spine and the scapulothoracic joints are effective to ensure proper mobility of the joints associated with the shoulder.
Active rehabilitation exercises are used to help provide adequate stabilization to the glenohumeral joint and scapulae to reduce strain on the labrum and rotator cuff. The integration of these therapies can help manage or reduce pain and restore better function without the use of surgery.
Possible Treatments for labral tears
For post surgical check out our physical therapy services for shoulder labral tears.
Active Release Techniques
Active Release Techniques (A.R.T.) are some of the leading soft tissue therapies for the treatment of muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves.Learn More
The Chiropractic Graston Technique is one of the leading instrument assisted soft tissue therapies for the treatment of muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves.Learn More
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to get an MRI for labral tears?
Typically we only utilize an MRI to verify the severity of the tear if you are considering surgery or if you are not responding to conservative treatment.
Can I recover from a labral tear without surgery?
You can regain function without surgery but your recovery will depend on the severity of the tear and often surgery is recommended for labral tears in order to repair the damaged tissue.
Visit your local F.I.T. Chiropractor
Meet the team at any of our 5 locations: Lee’s Summit, Crossroads, Blue Valley, Overland Park & Shawnee.