The labrum is a ring of cartilage that surrounds the base of the shoulder joint. A labral tear occurs when part of the ring is disrupted, frayed or torn. Tears may lead to shoulder pain, an unstable shoulder joint and dislocation of the shoulder. Likewise, a shoulder dislocation can result in a labral tear. Common signs and symptoms of a labral tear are; pain in the shoulder that is worse with overhead activities, intermittent locking, clicking and snapping of the shoulder, weakness when reaching overhead and a feeling that the shoulder is about to dislocate.
Whether you have surgery for your labral tear or if you decide to manage your injury conservatively with Physical Therapy, the Physical Therapists at Apple Physical Therapy will design a personalized treatment plan specific to you and your injury that will include range of motion, stretching and strengthening exercises to improve mobility and strength in your shoulder to allow you to return to normal daily activity. We will include manual therapy techniques such as massage and stretching of the shoulder and surrounding muscles to restore normal motion of the shoulder and arm. If necessary, your PT may elect to use modalities such as heat, ice and/or electrical stimulation to help reduce pain and ready the body for exercise.
With convenient locations in both Cherry Hill NJ and Marlton NJ, Apple Physical Therapy proudly serves such areas as Cherry Hill, Marlton, Medford, Voorhees, Mount Laurel, Maple Shade, Berlin, Moorestown and all of South Jersey’s Camden and Burlington counties. If you are looking for a Physical Therapist in the Cherry Hill area, we welcome you to our practice. Meet our team and schedule your appointment with us today!