La Peer Surgeons Comment On Mark Sanchez’s Potentially Season-Ending Shoulder Injury
Posted Oct 15 2013 3:00pm
Surgeons at the Shoulder Surgery Center of Excellence in Beverly Hills explain New York Jets Quarterback Mark Sanchez’s shoulder injury and discuss his chances of recovery.
A recent article published on ESPN.com has stated that Mark Sanchez is seeking a second opinion on his pre-season shoulder injury. The questions right now are whether or not he has a torn labrum and whether or not he will need surgery to repair it.
“A labral tear can be a deeply troubling injury for any athlete, let alone an NFL quarterback,” said Dr. Eric Millstein, Medical Director at the Shoulder Surgery Center of Excellence. “Even a small tear in the shoulder cartilage can have a huge impact on mobility, strength, and overall performance of the shoulder.”
The labrum is a thick cuff of cartilage in the shoulder where the arm bone, or humerus, meets the body. This cartilage helps keep the ball of the arm secure in the socket. When the labrum is torn, the ball of the shoulder is liable to slide around and potentially become dislocated. This is an especially difficult injury for an NFL quarterback who not only puts very high strain on his arm to throw the ball but is also at risk for impact from the opposing team. This type of injury can be gradual or acute. If the injury is mild, it can often heal on its own with rest and physical therapy. However, in more severe cases, a labral tear may require surgery.
“The surgery for a torn labrum requires us to go into the shoulder and remove the irritated tissue before securing the torn cartilage to the rim of the shoulder socket,” says Dr. Millstein. “We do this as an outpatient procedure so patients can go home the same day.”
In addition to cartilage tears, the Shoulder Surgery Center of Excellence treats a broad range of shoulder injuries, including AC joint separation, degenerative joint disease, rotator cuff tears, shoulder decompression, and more. All of these procedures are performed arthroscopically.
“By performing these surgeries arthroscopically, we’re able to drastically reduce pain for the patient and speed up recovery time,” says Dr. Millstein.
In addition to acting as Medical Director of the Shoulder Surgery Center of Excellence, Dr. Millstein is a member of the Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the Arthroscopy Association of North America. He is also board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.
La Peer Health Systems is an outpatient surgery center in Beverly Hills, founded by doctors and focused on providing excellent patient care alongside the most cutting-edge medical treatments available. With 50 world-renowned physicians in 14 specialties, comprehensive medical treatment is offered that takes patients from consultation to diagnosis, treatment, surgery, and ultimately aftercare. The 14 medical departments include orthopedics & sports medicine, gastroenterology, head & neck surgery, colorectal & general surgery, podiatry, ophthalmology, pain management, plastics & reconstructive surgery, gynecology, spine surgery, interventional cardiology, bariatric surgery, thoracic surgery, and anesthesiology. Unlike large hospitals, La Peer’s unique structure offers extremely personal care in a safe and controlled environment.
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