When it comes to joint injuries, labral tears are a common concern, particularly in the shoulder and hip joints. These tears can cause pain, limited mobility, and discomfort, affecting individuals of all ages and activity levels. In this blog, we will delve into the details of labral tears, including their causes, symptoms, and available treatment options.
Common Causes of Labral Tear
- Trauma or injury from fall or direct impact from cat accident or sports injury.
- Hypermobility of joints
- Repetitive motions or overuse
- Structural abnormalities and joint instability
- Degenerative changes because it makes it more susceptible to tearing
Symptoms of Labral Tears
- Pain: Persistent pain in the joint is the most common symptom of a labral tear. The pain may be sharp or dull, and it can worsen with certain movements or activities.
- Catching or Popping Sensation: Individuals with a labral tear may experience a catching or popping sensation in the joint, particularly during movement.
- Limited Range of Motion: A labral tear can restrict the joint’s range of motion, making it difficult to perform certain activities or movements.
- Joint Instability: Some individuals may feel that their joint is unstable or loose, as if it might give way or dislocate.
Physiotherapy Treatments of Labral Tear
- Ice and Heat therapy for pain management
- Therapeutic Ultrasound
- Electrical stimulation.
- Proprioceptive exercises like balance training to improve joint stability and control
- Strengthening Exercises
- Range of motion exercises to help restore joint mobility
- Joint mobilizations techniques soft tissue mobilization to improve mobility of joints
- Therapeutic massage to help reduce muscle tension
If you think you might have a labral tear injury, contact us to book an appointment with one of our Physiotherapists today!