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    Labral Tear surgery and swimming

    Hello All,
    I am a 29 year old female who was been struggling with right shoulder pain for the last 6 months. I went to my Dr. in Sep and they wanted a MRI done. The MRI showed that I have a labral tear and a frayed super supraspinatus. I went and saw 2 different orthopedic surgeons. One said I would never swim again and the other said he could do the repair, but I will have VERY limited range of motion and it may "blow out" again and I will have to have the surgery redone in a few years.
    I am a long distance open water swimmer. I love to swim 5ks, I am worried that this or any kind of swimming will no longer be possible for me if I have this surgery. I have been going to PT and have stopped swimming because it hurts so bad. PT is really not helping, but makes me feel like I am doing something.
    Can anyone tell me about the good and the bad behind this surgery if you or someone you know has had it?
    How long did you have to stop swimming for? Could you ( overtime) get back to your regular swimming routine? What steps did you take after surgery to get you back into the pool?
    Thanks so much for your help!

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    Re: Labral Tear surgery and swimming

    I can't really advise you, but damn, I feel for you. Good luck.

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    Re: Labral Tear surgery and swimming

    holy inept surgeons batman

    1st off, shocked the mri showed the labral tear..usually it cannot
    my 1st mri did not
    the 2nd arthogram mri (dye injection) did not either

    any idea how you tore it?

    never swim again...what an idiot...avoid like they have the plague
    limited range of motion? yeah if they use a chainsaw or let a bear naw on you
    good grief charlie brown

    you need to find an ortho that works on baseball pitchers

    you can start healing the supraspinatus now...look up the 3-4 band exercises and maybe overhead pulleys

    depending on your tear range, mine was 10 - 2, and your young age you may be able to have just anchors

    but you really need to find a shoulder ortho...not these wannabe hack jobs

    steve

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    Re: Labral Tear surgery and swimming

    Quote Originally Posted by sunruh View Post
    you can start healing the supraspinatus now...look up the 3-4 band exercises and maybe overhead pulleys
    Yes, good to familiarize yourself with the 4 rotator cuff muscles, function, their attachment points, and how they work with the scapula for stable arm range of motion with swimming or anything else in that matter

    Also avoid anything that causes pain not related to lactic acid

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    Re: Labral Tear surgery and swimming

    sunruh has it right. That's crazy that you would get that kind of info from your doc. I wasn't swimming prior to my bicep tenodesis and rotator cuff surgery. When I got back into swimming I reached out my doctor to make sure I was clear to do it. Here is his response.

    There shouldnít be any limitations from my perspective. You can push your shoulder as you would, such as swimming. I guess it is possible that you are slightly more susceptible to injury than before surgery, but even thatís probably not true. I would just take it easy getting into new activities or old activities that you havenít done for a while. Common sense stuff; effectively you donít need to take into consideration that you had surgery.

    Get another opinion, because it shouldn't be the end of your swimming career.

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    Re: Labral Tear surgery and swimming

    I agree with sunruh. I had surgery to repair a torn labrum when I was 34. I'm 50 and swimming just fine. It took 1 year to get back to racing, 2 years to get right back to where I was prior to the surgery.

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    Re: Labral Tear surgery and swimming

    Please get another opinion! Never trust doctors who are quick to jump to surgery and offer terminal advice. Even if you must undergo surgery, there are a myriad of options post-surgery that can help you regain range-of-motion in your shoulder.

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