TI was lifting weights in the gym recently and suddenly experienced a sharp pain. An MRI showed a torn labrum, which my doctor says was the cartilage around the joint. I had surgery to fix it and I feel like my shoulder has returned to normal function — there’s only an occasional twinge. My problem is that my GP says that I should stop lifting weights as I’ve increased the likelihood of dislocating my shoulder. Surely though weights would only strengthen the joint? I also play a lot of tennis and I don’t want to give it up. The surgeon made no such recommendations so I’m
wondering if I should just carry on as I was before. What do you think? HE humerus (arm bone) attaches to the scapula (shoulder blade) at a place called the glenoid. The labrum is a piece of cartilage found in the shoulder joint.
It has two main functions — namely deepening the socket, helping the ball stay in place, and acting as an attachment for the ligaments the join the ball to the socket. It is an important piece of cartilage.
Injuries to the labrum may occur due to a sudden shoulder injury or due to repeated episodes of strain. Things like falling onto an outstretched arm, a direct blow to the shoulder, forceful overhead motion or sudden pulling, such as occurs when lifting a heavy object, may all tear or damage the labrum pulling it off the rim of bone. Tears may occur at the top, middle or bottom of the labrum.
More complicated injuries may involve the biceps tendon or be associated with a partial or complete shoulder dislocation.
Minor injuries may be managed with rest, slinging and anti-inflammatories, but more extensive injury requires surgery. The surgery may involve removing torn cartilage, reattaching ligaments and repairing damaged tendons.
Recovery from any surgery takes time. The shoulder is usually in a sling for three to four weeks. The goals in the first few weeks are to ensure the wound is healing, protect the surgical repair, control pain and swelling, prevent stiffness and regain a very gentle range of motion.
Gentle strengthening of the shoulder joint and increasing the range of motion can start from week five after surgery. From this time the arm can be used for most normal daily activities.
It is important at this stage to still avoid lifting anything that weighs over one kilo. Forceful pushing or pulling, or reaching your hand behind