Gaga has been forced to cancel all 25 of the remaining dates of the Born
This Way Ball tour after a hip inflammation (synovitis), which seems to have
caused what is called a labral tear.
She will be undergoing emergency surgery, as she has reportedly been left
unable to walk.
Here are 10 quick facts about synovitis and labral tears:
- Joint, tendon and muscle problems tend to affect people who spend a lot of
time sitting or standing in one position, and people who overwork specific
muscle groups such as athletes, dancers or factory workers.
- Inflammation, pain, stiffness, weakness and a decreased range of motion are
all symptoms of joint, tendon and muscle problems.
- When inflammation occurs in a joint, fluid may accumulate inside the joint,
causing swelling and decreased range of motion.
- Labral tears are fairly rare and refer to ruptures in the fibrocartilage
around the rim of the pelvis socket.
- Labral tears often occur with other conditions in the hip, such as synovitis
and can easily reoccur, especially in people engaged in activities that involve
running, twisting or jumping.
- Not all labral tears require surgery, but those which do often occur with
other injuries such as hip dislocations or fractures.
- There are two ways of treating a labral tear: arthroscopy and open labral
- Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that is done using a
fibre-optic instrument with a lighted tip.
- Open labral surgery involves making a large incision to expose the soft
tissues and bones of the hip. Obviously the recovery time with this procedure
would be much longer than in the case of arthroscopy.
(Sources: Cedars-Sinai Resource, Natural
- (Compiled by Susan Erasmus, Health24, February 2013)
Toshifumi Kitamura, AFP)