Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Great Labrum Blood Supply Controversy

While doing a Google search for “how to heal a labrum tear,” the top two results came from the Orthopedic Center of St. Lewis and the Cedars-Sinai Orthopedic Center. Oddly, they both make medical statements which are diametrically opposite.

From the Orthopedic Center of St. Lewis:
“Labral tears untreated do not heal because of the lack of blood supply in the area.”

From the Cedars-Sinai Orthopedic Center:
“Because the labrum has a rich supply of blood, some labral tears heal on their own.”

Strange! This goes beyond differences of opinion and into the realm of two objectively-stated facts which totally disagree. Like, either the labrum has a rich blood supply or it doesn' can't have BOTH.

I was planning to write to them but it seemed pointless...what would they possibly say except "They're wrong, we're right"?

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