I have seem several posts about labral tears and recovery. I am going to give my update, as I had surgury in October of 2006 to fix a slap tear of my labrum in my right shoulder. I was also wondering if anyone could give their story a year after surgury. Kind of like an update.
I had surgury to repair my torn labrum in the early part of October 2006. The tear was next to my biceps tendon, but my biceps tendon was not torn. I needed three anchors in addition to the suture to fix the mess. To this day I am not sure how I tore my labrum, however, I think it started with an impingement and kind of got worse from there since I continued to lift with no stopping at all.
Anyway, I followed all the protocols of the doctor. Wore my sling for six weeks, even when sleeping. I started PT the week after surgury. It started out without weights or anything, mainly kind of light stretching type exercises other light (really no weight at all) pullng and pushing exercises. After a couple weeks of this I moved into really light biceps curls, lat pulldowns, medicine ball (a light one) throws, arm bicycle, etc. All of the PT stuff that other posters have talked about. 4 months after surgury I was told I was at 100% range of motion and told I no longer needed PT. At this point I did feel 100% at all. I started back the gym really light. I was week and everytime I worked out it felt really strange/uncomfortable.
I slowly have gotten stronger, but during the entire time my shoulder and that area in general had all sorts of different aches and pains. I never got any inflamation like I had prior to surgury, but my shoulder and bicep never felt like it did prior to the tear. Each month that went by I felt stronger, but the aches and pains were still there.
As of today I am at about 85% of the strength I was prior to the tear. My main reason for posting this is I want to know what others feel at this point or later. I still get knots in my back (on the side where I had my surgury) and feel quite sore. I am not in pain, but the soreness lingers. I cannot work out upper body on back to back days. I usually have to take two days off (i.e. do legs and say cardio) between say back and chest exercises. I have a friend who is a medical doctor (not an ortho) who said that my shoulder will probably never be as good as new and to expect lingering effect for about 2 years. This is not what my ortho said prior to surgury. My ortho was a sports guys so I really trusted him. After surgury he was all gung ho and when I got discharged from PT at four months he said someting like it is great that you have 100% range of motion and are good to go. Well, 100% range of motion is completely different than having a shoulder which is as good as new. I am pretty sure some of this is because I was 34 when I had my surgury. I assume that if I was in my 20s it would have healed faster.
I guess I am just at a point where I want to know if I need to go back and get another MRI to make sure it is fixed or if what I am feeling is normal and just have to live with it. I have great health insurance, I just do not want to waste my time and doctors time because perhaps I just have to great of expectations.
Thread: Torn Labrum - 1 yr after surgury