The Labrum is circle of firm tissue that essentially acts as a shock absorber and keeps the arm bone in the socket. Not one of the most common injuries, Labrum or Slap Tear, can be one of the toughest injuries to fully recover from. There are different levels of tears. Pain is most often felt in front of the shoulder near the clavicle. Some feel pain on the outside of the shoulder, running front to back. Players will complain of a popping, clicking or grabbing feeling as well as a significant loss of strength and stability. Arthroscopic surgery is the only sure way of determining the true level of the Slap Tear.
Treatment depends on the level of the tear. Usually, smaller tears can be healed with physical therapy or alternative methods such as PRP or Stem Cell injections. Full tears require surgery, physical therapy then a low intensity rehabilitative throwing program.