A shoulder labrum is a thick piece of tissue that is attached to the rim of the shoulder socket that aids in keeping the ball of the joint in place. When it gets damaged during an accident, it is called a shoulder labrum tear or shoulder labral tear.
Its symptoms involve pain, loss of strength, locking, popping, grinding, instability in shoulders, decreased range of motion, and difficulty in your shoulder. There are usually three types of shoulder labrum tear:
If you suspect a shoulder labrum tear, seek medical help for diagnosis and treatment.
The diagnosis process of labrum tear involved one of more tests since it can be difficult to determine the tear. Some of those tests are:
Other than these tests, doctors may also perform other tests. To know more, you can consult an expert or physiotherapist.
While labral tear can get treated through surgery, it also gets treated through physical therapy. For instance, if you have a bankart tear, the trainer can just pop your upper back into its right place. This is later followed by physical therapy to strengthen the muscles.
Depending on your condition, physical therapy may last for six weeks to two months. The sessions will involve a number of labral tear shoulder exercises and positions to control the pain and improve the way you use your arm.
Some of the common exercises to improve stability after a shoulder labrum tear:
Manual Therapy: The physiotherapist chooses manual (hands-on) therapy to alleviate pain and restore the movement in the shoulder area.
Strengthening Exercises: As the name suggests, these exercises aim to improve the strength of your muscles in the shoulder. In addition, stretching also relieves the stress on the torn labrum and helps in healing the damage.
Stretching Exercises: Due to damage and instability, your shoulder may experience low flexibility and lead to poor body postures. Your physical therapist will then recommend stretching exercises such as stretching of the chest to improve the function of body parts. Some other activities or stretches may also be included in your rehabilitation session.
Postural Exercises: The physical therapist also teaches you specific exercises that ensure your body postures are good, especially your shoulder postures.
Home Exercises: Physical therapy also goes beyond the clinic to ensure you get long time effects from it. The trainer will identify various exercises and teach them to you so that you can perform them even at home.
Education: Physical therapy is not just about performing exercises to heal the injury. It also educates you about your injury and how you can prevent them in the future.
Other than exercises, you may also be provided with physiotherapy treatments to control the pain. For instance, the doctor may use heat, ice, or electrical stimulation to decrease the pain.
A physical therapist role can vary from patient to patient. However, there are some basic roles and responsibilities that they have towards the patients:
While planning to consult a physical therapist, make sure you look for their experience and qualifications to get the proper care. A qualified physical therapist is essential if you wish to have a speedy and accurate recovery.
Here are some ways Portea can help you during your rehabilitation of shoulder labrum tear:
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