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ThreauxDown
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Possible torn labrum in shoulder
After taking it easy on the upper body lifting for a couple weeks, with very little progress. I finally decided to see an orthopedic doc about my shoulder. According to him, all signs point to a torn labrum but an MRI is needed to confirm.

If MRI shows a labral tear, I’ll have two options: surgery which will put me out of the gym for 6 months but should have be back 100% and never have to worry about stability.

Or take it east for a month and slowly ease back into lifting with the possibility of shoulder dislocations, instability and soreness if it gets aggravated or flares up.

Anyone ever dealt or is dealing with one of these? Did you go with the surgery or defer?

Injury happened during incline dumbbell with 100s. Felt weird after the 2nd set but didn’t really hurt, moved on to some light cable flies, and completely lost strength and felt a sharp pain.

I’ve always been one to put form and injury prevention at the forefront but shite happens I guess.
This post was edited on 9/5 at 10:44 pm


TheZaba
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re: Possible torn labrum in shoulder
How old are you?

Have you had any other moments that the shoulder gave you those same symptoms? How has it felt since that one instance? Have you had any actual dislocations or just the pain? Are you naturally very flexible?

MRI would be interesting to show location of tear.

To answer your question, surgery is always an answer, but may not be completely necessary first thing. You can always try to be patient and rehab it, but you probably need some guidance to really work your way through it. If that fails, surgery can always still be a later option without any detriments waiting.

Also depends on what your goals are, though it sounds like you’re lifting pretty heavy. You certainly could still lift (heavy too), but you would have to be a lot smarter about your programming. Also depends on if it’s your dominant arm or non dominant. A lot of things go into it, but I will say if you’re going to be doing a ton of rehab anyways, might as well try and be conservative. Once you mess with your natural anatomy, you can’t go back


ThreauxDown
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Member since Jan 2019
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re: Possible torn labrum in shoulder
27 never had a serious injury before. Just strained muscles and an impingement on the opposite side that I was able to self rehab (thanks YouTube) didn’t take long to get back to 100%

It is on my dominant side and pain has taken some major steps over this past week. No more wincing from pain when reaching behind my back. Was able to do some girl push-ups slow and controlled to test stability. Wasn’t painless but stability and strength felt good

No previous dislocations and shoulder flexibility has never been an issue

I do really enjoy lifting heavy and would like to get back to pre injury strength numbers


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Zappas Stache
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re: Possible torn labrum in shoulder
I have a partial labrum tare but I'm a swimmer. My Ortho, who is also a swimmer, recommended not going the surgery route as it's not only no activity for 6 mos but also immobilisation for 6 weeks. He said if I was a 20 year old pitching prospect, then do the surgery. But in my case, try to deal with it. He gave me a prescription topical ointment that knocked out the inflammation and I've been been pain free since .



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ThreauxDown
New Orleans Saints Fan
Member since Jan 2019
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re: Possible torn labrum in shoulder
Interesting

Was this just for the initial inflammation? Have you needed it since?


Zappas Stache
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re: Possible torn labrum in shoulder
I've been pain free since and haven't needed it. A full tear may be different .
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SFVtiger
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re: Possible torn labrum in shoulder
Gonna ask for this. I swim and have had a catch in my left shoulder about 8 weeks. About 20 degrees. Before and after no pain. Hoping it's just tendonosis. Haven't gone to my doc yet but have a visit scheduled anyway. Thanks.


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Tiger in Gatorland
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re: Possible torn labrum in shoulder
I tore my labrum doing same thing - incline lifts. I knew exactly when it happened and pushed through it instead of failing. Ego....

I had the surgery and it wasn't bad at all actually. I had a SLAP tear. I wasn't out of the gym for 6 months, but definitely scaled back and took my PT seriously. My PT was a former gym buddy so he knew what I wanted to get back to and helped me get there.

Good luck whatever route you take. If it matters, I was 42 at that surgery and 45 now w/ no problems.


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jamiegla1
Member since Aug 2016
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re: Possible torn labrum in shoulder
I have a torn labrum in my right shoulder. Started with baseball in high school, further damaged while wrestling in boot camp, and eventually extended it backwards behind my head while doing some overhead work. I cant throw a baseball or football anymore.

I had an MRI but doc suggested physical therapy over surgery. I did 6 weeks of that, ending with some kind of painful massage/manipulation and it felt like I had a new shoulder.

Ive never gotten rid of the stability issues on dumbbell military press and still cant throw a ball but its very manageable. I guess it depends on what you want out of it


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