Ketul Shah is in his final year of physical therapy school at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston. Over the past year, he has begun writing injury analysis articles on NFL players. For today, we had him break down the recovery process for a handful of New York Jets coming back from injuries…
Jace Amaro: Torn Should Labrum
Amaro tore his labrum in the preseason opener and was subsequently placed on the IR. The shoulder labrum is cartilage that surrounds the glenoid fossa (aka the arm socket). It functions to stabilize the glenohumeral joint (aka the shoulder joint) and deepen the socket so the humerus (the arm bone) fits better in the socket to move smoothly. Several ligaments attach at the labrum thus making the labrum crucial for stability in the shoulder.
This type of injury typically takes 6 months for full recovery and he should be ready to go at the start of OTAs.
Nick Folk: Quadriceps Strain
Folk suffered a grade 1 quadriceps strain at the beginning of November and was placed on IR as a result. The quadriceps is a group of 4 muscles that are located in the front part of your thigh and acts to extend your knee. A strain is a tear in a muscle, and healthcare providers assign a grade based on the severity of the tear. A grade 1 strain (the least severe type) indicates that the muscle is slightly torn, whereas a grade 3 strain (the most severe type) indicates that the muscle is completely torn.
A grade 1 strain takes about 6 weeks to heal and in fact, Folk could have returned by season’s end. The decision to place him on IR was strictly a personnel move given the amount of games he would have missed.
Devin Smith – Torn ACL
Smith tore his ACL in December to end his rookie season. The Anterior Cruciate Ligament is a major ligament in the knee that aids in stabilization of the joint during movement as it prevents the tibia (aka shin bone) from moving too far forward.
A torn ACL takes anywhere from 6-12 months (depending on the protocol followed by the entire medical staff) to fully return to sport. The protocol used by Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston uses a protocol that typically lasts 9 months. As a result, Smith will likely start the season in a limited role or on the PUP list to assure full recovery and make sure there are no reservations to compete in a game.
Mo Wilkerson – Fractured Fibula
In the Jets’ season finale, Wilkerson suffered a fractured fibula that required surgery. Wilkerson got injured after suffering a Grade 3 high ankle sprain that consequently resulted in the fractured fibula.
The fibula is the smaller of the two shin bones (the larger bone being the tibia) and is located on the outside part of the shin. The primary role is to provide stabilization for the ankle, as many ligaments attach to it; these ligaments prevent the ankle from rolling during walking and running.
A high ankle sprain is a tear in the syndesmosis (series of ligaments that joins two bones together) that connects the tibia and fibula. This injury occurs above the ankle joint thus aptly named a high ankle sprain. A sprain is a tear in the ligament and is diagnosed similarly to a muscle strain (described above).
Recent reports have indicated that Wilkerson is recovering ahead of schedule and should be 100% at the beginning of training camp.
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