Shoulder Labral Tear

Labral Tear Chiropractor in Kansas City

Shoulder labral tears are common in many overhead athletes, but can also affect a broad scope of other 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 baseball or softball players, volleyball players, and swimmers. However, 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 of the cartilage over time.

Symptoms of a labral tear

Pain and symptoms of a shoulder labral tear may include:
  • 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, look for a labral tear chiropractor in Kansas City associated physical therapy. This 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 and more holistically provide treatments for a labral tear in Kansas City.

Our chiropractors use active rehabilitation exercises 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

Graston Technique

Chiropractic Rehabilitation Exercises

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. Otherwise, our labral tear chiropractors in Kansas City can help you create a treatment plan that will get you back to the speed of life in no time.

Can I recover from a labral tear without surgery?

You technically can regain function without surgery, but your recovery will depend on the severity of the tear. Often, surgery is recommended for labral tears in order to repair the damaged tissue.

are you suffering from a labral tear?

Take a couple of minutes to tell us about your symptoms and pain areas. Prefer to chat over the phone? Call us for a free phone consultation.

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Contact 1800 Wyandotte #201 Kansas City, MO 64108 22120 Midland Dr. Shawnee, KS 66226 15040 Newton Lane Overland Park, KS 66223 401 NW Murray Rd Lee's Summit, MO 64081 9120 Metcalf Ave Overland Park, KS 66212 2113 E Kansas City Rd. Olathe, KS 66061 5000 East Bannister Rd. Suite 100 Kansas City, MO 64137 1860 N. Church Rd. Suite B Liberty, MO 64068 11340 Nall Ave Suite 200B Overland Park, KS 66211 505 S. Hospital Dr. Paola, KS 66071 121 N. Dean Ave Raymore, MO 64083