Labrum Tear Specialist

Deepan Patel, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Deepan Patel, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine Doctor located in Glen Rock, NJ & Jersey City, NJ

Do your hips frequently hurt during certain movements, or are you experiencing pain whenever you lift your shoulder but aren’t sure why? You may have a tear in the labrum ligament in your joint, a common injury among baseball pitchers and workers that frequently use repetitive motions. At his surgical practices in Jersey City and Glen Rock, New Jersey, Deepan Patel, MD, offers minimally invasive surgeries and nonsurgical treatments to repair and heal labrum tears and improve the stability of your shoulder or hip. Schedule a consultation online or by phone today to learn more about treatment options available.

Labrum Tear Q & A

What is the labrum?

In your shoulder joint, you have three bones: the shoulder blade, the upper arm bone, and the collarbone. The top of the arm bone rests in a socket within your shoulder blade, and the labrum, a soft fibrous tissue, surrounds this socket to stabilize your shoulder joint.

Within your hip, you also have a labrum that protects and stabilizes the joint.

What are the symptoms of a labrum tear?

The symptoms of a labrum tear are similar to other shoulder injuries, and include:

  • Limited range of motion
  • Pain when lifting your arm over your head
  • Popping or grinding noises during movement
  • Pain at night when lying on the affected shoulder

Dr. Patel recommends diagnostic testing as soon as possible so he can rule out other possible shoulder or hip injuries before recommending treatment for a labrum tear.

What causes labrum tears?

Injuries to the labrum are often the result of repetitive motions or a direct injury to the shoulder, such as getting hit during a sports activity or when trying to lift a heavy object. You can also suffer a labrum tear during a fall if you land with your arm outstretched.

Hip tears are often the result of running, twisting, or slipping.

Labrum tears can occur above or below the hip or shoulder socket and often occur with other injuries, such as a dislocation.

What treatments are available for a labrum tear?

Dr. Patel uses a CT scan or MRI to view the soft tissue of your shoulder or hip. If he isn’t able to see the tear using these images, he may elect to perform arthroscopic surgery to confirm a diagnosis.

Initially, Dr. Patel may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications and plenty of rest to reduce swelling and pain. He might also recommend physical therapy to strengthen your shoulder muscles.

If these more conservative therapies aren’t effective, Dr. Patel may recommend arthroscopic surgery, a minimally invasive procedure that uses small incisions and precision medical instruments to repair the labrum.

What can I expect after arthroscopic surgery?

Dr. Patel recommends you use a sling for up to six weeks following an arthroscopy procedure. He may also have you perform a gentle range of motion exercise to aid in your healing. Once you’re out of the sling, additional physical therapy is often necessary to increase your range of motion and improve flexibility.

For labrum tears in the hip, you’ll need to rest following surgery, allowing your hip to heal enough for physical therapy to begin. You need to use crutches for several weeks to keep pressure off your hip joint. It can take four to six months after surgery before you can expect to resume your normal activities.

In many cases, it can take four to six months for your shoulder to fully heal as well. Dr. Patel discusses your expectations for returning to activities, including sports-related exercises and training.

To schedule a consultation, call or book an appointment online today.

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