Labral Tear, SLAP Lesions, Bankart Lesions, Anterior or multidirectional instability

Shoulder Pain with Movement Coordination Impairments

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  • Many labral tears are caused from shoulder dislocations. Anterior dislocations are most common and are often caused from a forceful collision, fall on an outstretched arm, or a sudden wrenching movement. The patient may present with apprehension at end ranges of motion.

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Common Movement Fault

A common movement fault seen in patients that have labral tears is an anteriorly translated humerus. This can be caused from a tight posterior capsule pushing the head of the humerus forward. (Click image to watch 1-2 minute video)

Special Test

There are many tests to assess if a patient has a labral tear or not. How do you know which one to choose?! Biceps load II has a very high specificity which means that it is an excellent special test for ruling in a labral tear. (Click image to watch 1-2 minute video)


Treatment depends on stage and irritability of the patient. If the patient has low irritability and primary range of motion impairments have been addressed, it is important to work on movement retraining. This exercise focuses on keeping the head of the humerus centered in the glenoid as the patient work on internal and external rotation. (Click image to watch 1-2 minute video)

Therapeutic Exercise

The beauty of movement retraining as a treatment is that it can also be sent home as a home exercise for the patient to work on. The above video shows a progression from working on precision training in supine. Once that is mastered you can progress the patient to prone and then to standing exercises. Quality of motion over quantity is very important to consider with movement retraining! (Click image to watch 1-2 minute video)