Labrum Tear Specialist

Empire Physical Therapy & Athletic Rehabilitation, PC

Physical Therapists located in Midtown East, New York, NY

Labral tears can cause pain and instability in your shoulder or hip joints, but the expert physical therapists, Billy Reilly, MS, PT, and Paul LaRosa, MS, PT, at Empire Physical Therapy & Athletic Rehabilitation, PC can help you recover quickly. They treat various types of hip and shoulder labral tears at their state-of-the-art facility on the East Side of Manhattan in New York City. If you have a labral tear, call or book an appointment online today.

Labral Tear Q & A

What is a labrum?

The labrum is a ring of cartilage that cups the round head of bone that fits into a ball-and-socket joint, found in your hips and shoulders. The labrum in your shoulder stabilizes and supports the end of your upper arm (humerus) bone, while the one in your hip does the same for your thigh (femur) bone.

What is a labral tear?

A labral tear occurs when the labrum in your hip or shoulder becomes damaged. The experts at Empire Physical Therapy treat all types of labral tears, including:

  • Hip labral tear
  • Shoulder superior labrum anterior and posterior (SLAP) tear
  • Shoulder glenoid labrum tear

A severe labral tear may require surgery, and your individualized physical therapy plan may include treatments that take place before and after your orthopedic surgery.

How do I know if I have a labral tear?

The symptoms you experience depend on the location and severity of your labral tear. Common signs and symptoms of hip and shoulder labral tears include:

  • A popping, locking, catching, or grinding sensation
  • Joint pain and weakness
  • Decreased range of motion

Sometimes, hip labral tears don’t cause any symptoms at all, and the only way to know for sure is to receive a diagnosis from your primary care or sports medicine physician.

How does physical therapy help a torn labrum?

The team at Empire Physical Therapy are committed to treating the individual, not just the injury. They work closely with you to increase your flexibility and range of motion, helping you return to the activities you love and prevent future injuries.

You can expect to work one-on-one with a licensed physical therapist in the comfort of a private treatment room. They also have a full gym with state-of-the-art fitness equipment to help you achieve your recovery goals.

Your first visit includes a thorough evaluation that takes about an hour, while subsequent visits last 45 minutes to an hour. The same therapist sees you at each session, and may provide one or more of the following treatments:

  • Hands-on (manual) therapy)
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Electrical stimulation

For quick and effective recovery from a labral tear, call Empire Physical Therapy or book an appointment online.