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Patient Story 2

Successful Sporting Injury Stories

Labrum tear recovery in National Basketball Player

Your shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint and the head of the upper arm bone fits into a glenoid in the shoulder blade. Surrounding the outside edge of the glenoid is a fibrous tissue called the labrum. The function of the labrum is to stabilize the shoulder joint and protect it and it also acts as an attachment point for many of the ligaments of the shoulder and for the tendons from the biceps muscle in the arm. In basketball players, shoulder injuries affect the muscles, ligaments or tendons rather than bones.

A labrum tear can happen anywhere that the labrum connects to the glenoid. Common causes of a torn shoulder labrum include overuse of the shoulder or trauma to this joint. A labrum tear can make a shoulder weak and less stable and cause pain. This type of injury is common in basketball players where the sport requires them to reach their arm over their head frequently and if any pain is experienced it is important to not keep playing the sport before getting it evaluated or it might turn into a serious injury.

Lisa Dev an 18-year-old from Calcutta, is a National Basketball player had a pain in her shoulder joint 3 months back and had difficulty in playing the sport and in shooting baskets. After a detailed physical assessment of her range of motion and pain level, as well as the stability of the shoulder we found that she had a tear in one of the internal structures called the labrum. She underwent a Multi directional instability repair for the labrum tear and following the surgery she was discharged the next day and left for Calcutta after 2 days.

For about 6 weeks we monitored her progress via video calls and then our team did something quite different and we asked her father to send her back to Bangalore and that we would take care of all the physical therapy sessions free of cost for the next 2 to 3 weeks. The first phase included the Maximal protection phase, followed by Protection phase and then Range of motion phase and basic strengthening phase. Lisa has successfully regained almost 90% of her shoulder function and we believe she will get back to playing her favorite sport just like she used within 6 months.

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