What is a labrum?
The labrum is a soft tissue that surrounds the rim of the shoulder socket to help stabilize the joint.
What type of injury do I have?
Tears can be located either above (superior) or below (inferior) the middle of the glenoid socket.
A SLAP lesion (superior labrum, anterior [front] to posterior [back]) is a tear of the rim above the middle of the socket that may also involve the biceps tendon.
A tear of the rim below the middle of the glenoid socket that also involves the inferior glenohumeral ligament is called a Bankart lesion.
Tears of the glenoid rim often occur with other shoulder injuries, such as a dislocated shoulder (full or partial dislocation).