After having an MRI, it has been confirmed that New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has a small in his labrum of his right shoulder. After trying to play through this shoulder injury, Anthony did not play the last two games of the season.CA1

The labrum is a soft fibrous tissue rim that surrounds the socket (formally known as the glenoid) of the shoulder. The labrum deepens the socket by up to 50% so that the head of the upper arm (humeral head) fits better into the socket. It also serves as an attachment sire for several ligaments.Labrum

Injuries to the labrum are commonly caused by acute trauma or repetitive shoulder motion, seen in throwing athletes and weightlifters. More traumatic injuries include, falling on an outstretched arm, a direct blow to the shoulder, a sudden pull, or a violet overhead reach.

Symptoms of a labrum tear include, like with most injuries, pain, more specifically with overhead activities. There may also be a catching, locking, popping, or grinding sensation in the shoulder. With this injury there may be a sense of instability and weakness in the shoulder, also a decrease in range of motion and strength.

Labrum injuries are typically diagnosed using an MRI or CT scan, as x-rays do not show this type of damage to the soft tissues. Early treatment includes anti-inflammatory medication and rest. Physical therapy may also be an early treatment for a labrum tear, focusing on strengthening the rotator cuff muscles. If these conservative treatments fail then surgery is usually recommended.

Carmelo Anthony will not be having surgery to repair his shoulder. Typical recovery after surgery is about 3 to 4 months with sport-specific exercises beginning about 2 months after surgery. Sources suspect that Anthony will make a full recovery for next season.CA3






Provided by the Primus Sports Medicine Staff