Chances are Kobe Bryant will miss the rest of the season due to a rotator cuff tear in his right shoulder. Already dealing with shoulder issues before the game, Bryant suffered the injury in the third quarter of a game against the New Orleans Pelicans. While he tried to remain optimistic pending the results of further diagnostic tests to assess the extent of the damage, his prospects for remaining on the roster for the rest of the season were not looking positive after an initial MRI scan.
Dr. Steven Meier, and orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist at Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine extensively performs the best orthopedic surgery in Los Angeles. Injuries like Kobe Bryant’s are fairly common amongst professional athletes in basketball, baseball, tennis, swimming, golf, and any sport or activity that utilizes repetitive over head arm motions.
Treatment For Rotator Cuff And Shoulder Injuries
The treatment options for a rotator cuff tear will vary from patient to patient, depending on the severity of the injury. Many injuries are initially treated conservatively, with rest, icing, physical therapy, and the use of anti-inflammatory and pain medication like Advil and Motrin. The shoulder may also be immobilized and put in a sling to prohibit movement and give the injury time to heal on its own.
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In cases where the injury does not respond to conservative treatment over time, an orthopedic surgeon may determine that surgery is the best option. Most surgeons use a minimally invasive surgical procedure known as arthroscopy, which uses smaller incisions and generally has less complications and a faster recovery time for patients over traditional “open” surgery.
Contact an Orthopedic Surgeon Today
If you’re suffering from any sport-related injury, it’s important that you contact an expert orthopedic surgeon today. With proper diagnosis, a doctor can help you receive the treatment that you need.
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