If you have ongoing shoulder or hip pain, it could be because of a labral tear, a condition in which a ring of cartilage within a joint gets damaged. At Northeast Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, with locations in San Antonio and Live Oak, Texas, the board-certified orthopedic specialists diagnose and treat labral tears to relieve your discomfort. Call the nearest office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.
Labral tears are injuries of your labrum, cup-shaped cartilage that lines the ball-and-socket joints in your hip and shoulder. The labrum is like a rubber seal, securing joints in place and cushioning them. Accidents, sports injuries, and age-related wear are common causes of labral tears.
Common symptoms associated with labral tears include:
Labral tears don’t always cause symptoms. If you have ongoing hip or shoulder pain associated with a possible labral tear and want relief, see the experts at Northeast Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine for an evaluation.
While labral tears can happen to anyone, common risk factors for developing them include:
You might have a labral tear because of playing sports, falling down, getting injured at work, or being in a car accident. Having a labral tear increases your risk of developing osteoarthritis in the future.
To find out if you have a labral tear, the Northeast Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine team reviews your symptoms, discusses your medical history, checks your vital signs, and completes a physical exam.
They might order blood tests, diagnostic injections, or imaging procedures like X-rays or MRIs.
Providers at Northeast Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine personalize each labral tear treatment based on your needs, preferences, and lifestyle. They could recommend at-home remedies, such as rest, ice or heat packs, wearing a brace, and taking over-the-counter medicines while your injury heals.
Other treatment options include prescription medications, injections, physical therapy, and surgery. Northeast Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine specialists offer arthroscopic surgery using a thin, lighted tube with a camera attached to remove a torn labrum or repair damaged tissues.
Complete recovery after labrum surgery could take 3-6 months, but every patient is different.
To find out if you have a labral tear or get treated for it, call the Northeast Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine office nearest you, or schedule an appointment online today.