SPORTS MEDICINE & ARTHROSCOPY: LABRAL TEARS
Renowned NJ sports medicine orthopedist Robert A. Kayal, MD is an expert in the treatment of labral tears, from nonsurgical techniques to minimally invasive hip and shoulder arthroscopy. While labral tears are not experienced by athletes alone, sports activities are common causes of these injuries. The physicians at Kayal Orthopaedic Center are specialists at treating these labral tears and returning athletes to the court or field quickly and safely.
What is a Labral Tear?
A labrum is a soft, fibrous section of cartilage that surrounds the hip or shoulder socket. The labrum helps to stabilize joints, provide cushioning, and attach ligaments, which allows for movement and flexibility. Some athletes who use repeated overhead reaching motions, like baseball and tennis players and weightlifters, are prone to labral shoulder tears. A hip labral tear is often caused by sudden twisting or pivoting movements. In addition to these acute labrum tears, athletes can also suffer from a labrum degenerating over time, due to wear and tear. Labral tear symptoms include pain, a “catching” sensation, grinding of the joint, and limited motion.
Diagnosis involves a physical examination to identify stiffness, limited range of motion, and areas of pain and inflammation. In addition, a CT scan or MRI may be used to identify labral tears.
Treatment for Torn Labrum
In many cases, labral tears will heal without surgical intervention. For minor tears, rest and conservative treatments, such as physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications and cortisone injections, may be sufficient for successful healing. However, in more severe injuries, the orthopedic physicians at Kayal Orthopaedic Center conduct minimally invasive surgery to shave off or remove torn pieces of labrum. Your NJ orthopedic surgeon may also prescribe physical therapy after surgery to accelerate your healing and help you regain strength and endurance.
With offices conveniently located in Franklin Lakes, NJ and Ridgewood, NJ, Kayal Orthopaedic Center, PC and our board-certified New Jersey orthopedic specialists treat athletes from Bergen County, Hudson County, Passaic County and Essex County. to learn more about our NJ orthopaedic physicians or inquire about our sports medicine specialty, visit our patient information center or contact us to schedule an orthopedic consultation.