Monthly Archives: March 2016

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SLAP Tears In The Shoulder: Diagnosis and Treatment

You shoulder is considered a ball and socket joint and is comprised of three bones. The humerus is the upper arm bone. The scapula is the shoulder blade. And, the clavicle is the collarbone. A ring of cartilage known as the labrum surrounds the shoulder joint’s socket. The labrum’s functions include deepening the socket, stabilizing the joint, and serving as an attachment point for other ligaments of the shoulder. Injuries to this ring of cartilage are known as SLAP tears.

What Is A SLAP Injury

SLAP stands for the Superior Labrum Anterior and Posterior. When the top part of the labrum (where the bicep attaches to the labrum) is injured, it is referred to as a SLAP injury. In these tears, both the front (posterior) and back (anterior) of the labrum can be affected and torn. In some cases, the bicep tendon will also suffer a tear as a result of the injury.

What Causes A SLAP Injury

SLAP tears are caused by a number of factors. Both repetitive stressors and acute trauma can cause these injuries. Common causes of acute trauma to the labrum are motor vehicle accidents, sports related injuries that involve falling directly onto an outstretched arm, a forceful pulling on the arm (often found in athletes straining to catch a ball), rapid or sudden movement of the arm when it outstretched above the head, and shoulder dislocation.

What Are The Symptoms of a SLAP Injury

SLAP injury symptoms include the following.

A feeling of locking, catching, popping, or grinding in the shoulder joint.

Pain experienced when moving the shoulder or when trying to hold the arm upright in one position for a period of time.

Pain experienced while lifting heavy objects.

A sudden and noticeable decrease in the strength of the shoulder.

In baseball, pitchers might notice deterioration in the velocity of their pitches and experience “dead arm” sensations.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, request an appointment with an NJ Sports Medicine specialist today!

Contacting A Sports Injury Specialist

If you’re experiencing chronic, acute, or prolonged pain that matches any of the above symptoms, prompt diagnosis and treatment are crucial. Call the NJ Sports Medicine team to schedule a consultation and learn about our minimally invasive treatment options today. Our team can be reached at 732-720-2555.

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The Three Most Common Basketball Injuries

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Basketball season is in full swing. March Madness is nearly upon us. Players all over the country are practicing daily and putting everything they have into each of their games. Inevitably, as the season heats up, the number of injured athletes seen by NJ Sports Medicine specialists increases. Overuse injuries, ankle sprains, and knee injuries are by far the most common seen in basketball players. As always, the risk of suffering any of these injuries can be mitigated by consistent warm-ups and proper technique. Below we review these common injuries. If you believe you’re suffering from any of these injuries, call an NJ Sports Medicine specialist today to request an appointment. Immediate and thorough treatment can drastically reduce your bench time.


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  1. Overuse Injuries: As the name suggests, these injuries are a direct result of repetitive and consistent stress on the muscles, bones, ligaments, and joints in the knee. Overuse comes from the constant running, jumping, and dribbling associated with the game of basketball. “Jumper’s Knee” is the most common of these injuries and is characterized by pain in the tendon just below the kneecap.
  2. Ankle Sprains: Between the running and jumping – and occasional traumatic run-ins with other players – ankle sprains rank in the top three most common injuries seen in basketball players. During an ankle sprain, the ankle rolls too far and the ligaments that connect the bones are stretched (and sometimes torn) during the impact.
  3. Knee Injuries: Cartilage tears in knees are the single most common injury in all athletes, basketball players included. These injuries can be the most serious of the three and can include tears in cartilage, tendons and knee sprains. In the most severe cases, the ACL can be torn and will most often require minimally invasive surgery from a trained sports medicine surgeon.


Consulting A Sports Medicine Specialist Today

The key to minimizing bench time and long-term effects of knee injuries is immediate and comprehensive treatment of injuries. If you’re experiencing acute or chronic pain in your knees, call an NJ Sports Medicine specialist today to schedule a consultation and get back in the game as soon as possible.

Athletic injuries, discomfort, or that nagging sense you aren’t achieving your full potential? Game on. Here at New Jersey Sports Medicine, our experts are here to heal the injured and help players at every level unlock their best selves. If you’re ready to hit a home run for your health, contact us today and request an appointment.