28. May 2016 06:08
The shoulder is a typical ball and socket joint where the humerus (rounded part of the upper arm bone) rests in the socket called glenoid. The humerus is much larger than the socket and a layer of soft tissue called labrum lines the inner part of the socket which creates additional space for the humerus to fit in, which helps in keeping the joint stable. Many ligaments join the bone and muscles within this socket. Tearing of this soft tissue lining is termed as the Glenoid Labrum Tear. Such tears mostly occur above or below the middle section of the labrum. In some cases, they may be accompanied by tendon and ligament damage as well.
- Sudden fall on the shoulder, arm and hand
- Direct trauma to the shoulder or upper arm
- Lifting heavy object
- Shoulder Dislocation
- Age related wear and tear of the cartilage
- Sports injuries
- Pain usually occurs when the arm is moved above the head
- Swelling and tenderness in the shoulder or upper arm
- A locking/catching kind of feeling in the shoulder
- Grinding or popping sound or feeling when the shoulder is moved
- Restricted range of motion
- Weak or unstable shoulder
- A constant feeing of the shoulder slipping out
- Physical evaluation of the injured shoulder to assess its functioning and stability
- The patient’s medical history and details of the injury may be taken into consideration
- X-ray imaging to check for bone damage or displacement
- CT scan and MRI may help to diagnose soft tissue damage
- In some cases a contrast medium may be injected to reveal the location of damage
- Prescription of anti-inflammatory medicines for pain relief
- Rest the injured joint
- Certain exercises may help to strengthen the rotator cuff muscles
- The orthopedic surgeon may use arthroscopic techniques to repair or remove the torn labrum
- Surgical tightening of the labrum tissues
- The arm and shoulder are cast in a sling post-surgery for stability after the surgery for a few weeks
- Gentle range of motion exercises are helpful post-surgery to regain flexibility and movement
We, at OrthoTexas, provide effective treatment for Glenoid Labrum Tear and other shoulder conditions. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeons in Plano, TX, call at (972) 985 – 1072 or visit 4031 West Plano Parkway Suite 100, Plano, TX 75093.
12. December 2014 09:23
Many sports injuries like ligament sprains, muscle strains, bone fractures and dislocations require Physical Therapy sessions to heal completely. It can be very distressing for athletes to compromise on their sports career due to an injury. Physical therapy can help heal sports injuries and offer relief from the pain. Physical Therapy is also helpful in returning flexibility back to the injured muscle or body part.
Here are some of the physical therapy techniques that might be included in your treatment plan:
- Ice Pack Application: This method is often prescribed to treat acute sports injuries. Applying ice on the affected area can help to reduce swelling and pain. The physical therapist may apply an ice pack wrapped in a towel to your injured part for about 20 to 30 minutes.
- Heat Pack Application: If your injury has not caused any swelling, heat pack may be used by the physical therapist to relive pain and ease muscle stiffness. The pack may be applied for about 20 to 30 minutes. It can also help to boost the recovery process by increasing blood flow to the injured joints.
- Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator (TENS): This battery operated device is used to transmit minute electric current to the injured body part. It will produce a tingling sensation and help to relieve pain.
- Ultrasound: This is deep heating equipment used to direct sound vibrations to the tissues. The physical therapist may use ultrasound waves to heat up and soften the affected tissues so that they get healed completely.
- Soft Tissue Mobilization: This massaging technique may be used to decrease swelling, ease pain, relax stiff muscles and reduce tissue adhesions. The physical therapist may use different hand movements involving deep pressure and rhythmic stretching.
- Range Of Motion Exercises: These can be helpful to increase the joint’s range of motion. Performing range of motion exercises regularly can be beneficial to maintain the mobility of joints and muscles.
- Gait Training: Some sports injuries require the patient to walk using a crutch or brace to avoid putting stress on the affected body part. The physical therapist may help you understand the correct way to use the walking device as well as getting used to wearing it.
To know more about the benefits and techniques of physical therapy for sports injuries, visit OrthoTexas, Plano, TX. To schedule an appointment with the physical therapists, you can call at (972) 985-1072.