Rehabilitation of the shoulder offers many challenges. Arthroscopic and advanced imaging techniques have facilitated significant changes in our perception and management of glenoid labral pathology. Despite this progress, controversies involving the glenoid labrum continue to exist. This paper presents an overview of glenoid labral histology, morphology, and vascularity. Labral injuries are investigated and categorized. The management of glenoid labral pathology is discussed along with ramifications for shoulder rehabilitation.
Mary Taylor is with Rehabilitation On Site, Oklahoma City, OK 73112. Stacie Fruth is a graduate student at the University of Indianapolis. Sam Kegerreis is with the Krannert School of Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis, and Methodist Sports Medicine Center in Indianapolis. Direct correspondence to Sam Kegerreis, Krannert School of Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46227.