About Labral Tears
The labrum is classified as the ring of cartilage that exists on the outer rim of the shoulder and hip sockets. It helps to both cushion the joint and hold the joint in place. Commonly occurring in either the hip or shoulder, a labral tear occurs when the labrum is damaged. In addition to causing significant pain and a variety of other symptoms, a labral tear can make you at a higher risk of developing osteoarthritis in the affected area. However, at Interventional Orthopedics of Atlanta, Dr. Christopher Williams and his team can work with you to properly treat a labral tear and alleviate your symptoms for long-term recovery. Contact our innovative Atlanta, GA practice to learn more about your treatment options for a labral tear in the hip or shoulder and to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Williams. It is our goal to allow you to return to your normal daily activities with ease and comfort.
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Symptoms of Labral Tears
Though many individuals may experience no symptoms with a hip or shoulder labral tear, it can cause some unpleasant side effects. These can include:
- Discomfort and pain in your hip or shoulder area that can worsen with movement
- Clicking in the affected joint
- Limited range of motion and flexibility
- Stiffness and tenderness in the joint
In order to properly diagnose a labral tear, a few diagnostic tests may be performed, as well as a physical exam and an evaluation of your medical history. An x-ray, MRI, or anesthesia injection may be conducted as a way to accurately diagnose your condition. During an anesthesia injection process, an anesthetic is administered to the joint area. If you notice significant pain relief, then it can be concluded that the inside of your joint is the cause of your discomfort.
Causes of Labral Tears
Often, a labral tear in the hip or shoulder is due to an injury or trauma to the joint. However, in some instances, a labral tear can develop because of a structural abnormality, such as when an individual is born with hip or shoulder development issues. Additionally, repetitive movements can result in a labral tear due to the overuse and wear and tear on the joint. In order to help prevent any future complications, it is important to always remember to stretch and perform strength and flexibility exercises to build up the nearby muscles and protect the joints.
The ideal treatment option for your labral tear will depend on the severity of your symptoms and how long you have been suffering from them. Typically, anti-inflammatory medication and/or physical therapy will be initially recommended to help restore stability and movement in the joint. In more severe cases, a surgical procedure may be needed in order to remove or treat the torn labrum. Prior to suggesting any form of treatment, Dr. Williams will help you understand your options and provide you with all necessary information, including follow-up procedures and aftercare instructions for optimal treating and recovery.
Restore Joint Mobility
Not only can a labral tear be painful, but it can also hinder your ability to move freely and perform normal, everyday tasks. At Interventional Orthopedics of Atlanta, Dr. Christopher Williams and his skilled orthopedic team will work with you to create an optimal treatment plan to alleviate your discomfort. Learn more about labral tear treatment by contacting our Atlanta facility to schedule a consultation with Dr. Williams.