Shoulder Labrum Injuries
There are several different types of Labrum tears including: bankhart, reverse bankhart, and SLAP. Since the labrum is a round suction cup structure, it can tear in the front, bottom, back, and/or top. These tears can cause instability in the shoulder, sometimes so severe that dislocation occurs. So the severity of the tear and the activity level of the patient will help determine the appropriate treatment: therapy or surgery. MRI results play a large rule in diagnosing this problem.
Causes of Labrum tears
Labrum tears are most commonly due to a traumatic injury. Like lifting, throwing, or a fall.
Signs & Symptoms of Labrum Injuries
- Possible dislocation
- Possible joint stiffness
- Positive special tests
Treatment for Shoulder Labrum Tears
If you have a shoulder labrum tear your Physician will decide the best course of action. If Physical Therapy is prescribed, it will focus on strength and stability of the shoulder.
Thrower’s Ten strengthening for the rotator cuff and shoulder stabilizers will usually be practiced. In addition to other exercises to challenge your balance/stability.
Exercises to avoid at the gym: Upright rows, Chest press, Shoulder overhead press.
Here is the Thrower Ten program:
1)Band Diagonal pattern D2 Flexion
2)Band Diagonal pattern D2 Extension
3)Band External Rotation
4)Band Internal Rotation
5)Band Internal Rotation at 90 degrees abduction
6)Band External Rotation at 90 degrees abduction
7)Dumbbell Elbow flexion
8)Dumbbell Elbow extension
9)Dumbbell Shoulder abduction
10)Dumbbell Shoulder scaption (45 degrees)
11)Prone Dumbbell horizontal abduction (neutral- palm down)
12)Prone Dumbbell horizontal abduction (ER- thumb up)
13)Prone Dumbbell row
14)Dumbbell wrist extension
15)Dumbbell wrist pronation/supination
16)Dumbbell wrist flexion