SPORTS MEDICINE & ARTHROSCOPY: LABRAL TEARS
Robert A. Kayal, MD is a renowned NJ sports medicine and arthroscopy specialist skilled in the non-surgical and surgical repair of labral tears. Though labral tears are common in athletes, sports are not the only cause of this injury type. The surgeons at Kayal Orthopaedic Center treat labral repairs quickly and safely, expediting your return to sports and activity.
What Are Labral Tears?
The labrum is a fibrous section of cartilage that helps the shoulder and hip to stabilize, move and flex. The labrum also offers joint cushioning and aids in ligament attachment. Athletes who engage in repetitive overhead motions, such as baseball or tennis, are prone to labral shoulder tears. Sudden pivoting or twisting movements may lead to hip labral tears. In addition to these acute tear types, athletes can suffer from labrum degeneration due to long-term overuse.
Common labral tear symptoms include:
- Pain and grinding
- Limited range of motion
- A “catching” sensation in the shoulder or hip
- Inflammation and stiffness
Labral tear diagnosis involves a physical examination to identify stiffness, mobility problems, and areas of pain and swelling. CT scans and MRIs may also be used to confirm labral tears.
Treatment for Torn Labrum
Much of the time, labral tears heal without the need for surgery. Minor tears require rest and conservative treatments, such as anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy and steroid injections. For more severe injuries, however, Kayal Orthopaedic Center’s sports medicine physicians may perform arthroscopic surgery to shave or remove damaged labrum pieces. Your NJ orthopedic surgeon may also prescribe post-surgical physical therapy to accelerate healing and promote the return of strength and endurance.
Kayal Orthopaedic Center’s offices are conveniently located in Ridgewood, NJ and Franklin Lakes, NJ, and our board-certified New Jersey sports medicine practice treats athletes from Hudon County, Passaic County, Essex County and Bergen County. To learn more about our board certified orthopedic physicians or inquire about our NJ sports medicine specialty, visit our patient information center. To schedule a consultation for sports-related injuries, contact Dr. Robert A. Kayal and his team today.