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    Any Distance Swimmers w/ Labral Tears?

    I've always had right shoulder stability and soreness issues. But I could usually control it with ice, Aleve, and rest. This year, probably due to too much too soon over-training once my pool reopened in May, my shoulder pain became unmanageable. My ortho ordered an MRI arthrogram that revealed labral tears from 4 to 12 o'clock. She described the tears as wear-and-tear, as opposed to acute. I recently started PT for the same.

    In terms of swimming, I can handle my daily work outs of 2700-3600 yards with little to no pain. But my weekly long distance swims of 5+ miles are killing me. By the end my entire right shoulder aches and it seems like every muscle is sore and tight.

    For those long distance swimmers out there with this injury, do you have any coping mechanisms, whether it be stroke changes or dry-land exercises?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Any Distance Swimmers w/ Labral Tears?

    Olive -- I haven't personally had a shoulder labrum injury (I did have surgery for rotator cuff tear however). I do have a long distance swimming friend who once had a labrum tear years ago, and over time with medical assistance he was able to get it to heal without surgery. But, in your case I might suggest you read up on Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections. I had it done in my knee for a meniscus tear. After two treatments, the doc said the tear was no longer visible. Here is just one case that I found online for shoulder labrum PRP treatment. Good luck.
    https://www.regenerativeorthopedicin...r-labrum-tear/

    Dan

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    Re: Any Distance Swimmers w/ Labral Tears?

    oh oh oh mr cotter mr cotter

    at one point i was up to 24advil and 4 aleave a day
    after 8 months my liver begged for mercy and i took a few days off

    mine was torn 10-2 ... so 4hrs worth just like yours

    your only real option is a bicep tendonisis like what i had done
    it will not heal

    no amount of bands in/out/saw will fix this
    the pain does NOT get less
    it will hurt even NOT swimming ... just not as much

    sorry to tell you the truth that no one else will

    steve

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    Re: Any Distance Swimmers w/ Labral Tears?

    Quote Originally Posted by ForceDJ View Post
    Olive -- I haven't personally had a shoulder labrum injury (I did have surgery for rotator cuff tear however). I do have a long distance swimming friend who once had a labrum tear years ago, and over time with medical assistance he was able to get it to heal without surgery. But, in your case I might suggest you read up on Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections. I had it done in my knee for a meniscus tear. After two treatments, the doc said the tear was no longer visible. Here is just one case that I found online for shoulder labrum PRP treatment. Good luck.
    https://www.regenerativeorthopedicin...r-labrum-tear/

    Dan
    I wish I had known about PRP before I had three knee meniscus surgical repairs--of limited success, haha.

    I'm gonna give this a look, thanks for the tip!


    Quote Originally Posted by sunruh View Post
    oh oh oh mr cotter mr cotter

    at one point i was up to 24advil and 4 aleave a day
    after 8 months my liver begged for mercy and i took a few days off

    mine was torn 10-2 ... so 4hrs worth just like yours

    your only real option is a bicep tendonisis like what i had done
    it will not heal

    no amount of bands in/out/saw will fix this
    the pain does NOT get less
    it will hurt even NOT swimming ... just not as much

    sorry to tell you the truth that no one else will

    steve
    Haha this is not a rosy outlook. Also, my tear is actually 8 hours worth, all the way around the clock from 4 to 12. Awesome, right?

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