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Brian De Mio 12-14-2008 10:59 AM

Full Labral Tear

Have a question for some experienced and/or certified Crossfitters. Back in March 2008 I was in an 8 hour Krav Maga seminar. Basically I did something stupid and doing a poor elbow strike injured my shoulder. Ended up with a full Labral tear. 3 months after my second surgery I'm in physical therapy with only passive range of motion. I have improved a lot and I believe will get better. Here is my problem:

1. I have minimal strength in the arm and currently 130 degrees of flexion and 100 degrees of abduction.

Mainly I need to know if anyone is familiar with a good stretching program for a wounded semi-athlete. Essentially I'm looking to improve the above outside of physical therapy without risk to the joint.

Is anyone familiar with a website or book (or even experience) that deals with this sort of problem? I'm a Physican Assistant so I have a fair amount of knowledge in the medical realm and I know that having patience is key here but I believe that I can do some things to improve the situation. Just haven't found much information for someone who wants to elevate to a Crossfit level.


Frank E Morel 12-14-2008 12:17 PM

Re: Full Labral Tear
Brian... I am going to say that I am at loss.
Your a PA and in a city with a highly regarded academic medical center. Wouldn't networking be a better option than a book?
Ask the doc if he knows a Ortho doc that specializes in shoulders... then ask that doc who he uses for PT. Who knows you may ended getting your answer from the Head PT of the gamecocks, or from clemson. Even maybe your going to hear about a better job.
The joys of networking is cultivating the contacts for the problem at hand but also for future issues, or peer resources, but best joy is being able call on experts in their field. I will admit that email, has made network so much easier than the old days.

Brian De Mio 12-14-2008 12:59 PM

Re: Full Labral Tear
well its not so much a problem as networking. I have good connections here and one of the best orthopedic surgeons for this particular problem. I was looking for sports/fitness orientated information for recovery. I've discussed this extensively with several of my colleagues and specialists. The orthopod working on the case wants only passive range of motion for now which is being done by physical therapy.

I can't change who I get p.t. from but I don't think thats a major problem.

I was wondering if there was anyone out there who wrote about recovery for these kinds of problems. Crossfit is a unique style of fitness to many and I would think requires more flexibility to do many of the movements.

I guess I'm just impatient more than anything else. And I'm curious since there is so much knowledge passed on here. It's not vital to my recovery by any means and I'm sure I will progress as needed.


Frank E Morel 12-14-2008 01:17 PM

Re: Full Labral Tear
well, here, use this for networking..and your answer to your question.

rather innovated group and practise.

go to pt staff..
read about kelly. ... doctorate of pt and level 3 crossfit coach.
might worth your time for a trip to san francisco.

James Besenyei 12-14-2008 09:36 PM

Re: Full Labral Tear
More patience. Go overboard now and you're gonna re-injure that thing!

When your active ROM improves check out Diesel Crew's Shoulder rehab protocol here (WFS):[url][/url]

I'm 4 months out from a complete repair of the supraspinatus. Have been on the above mentioned program for one week. Already feel better. Emailed it to my PT and he approved. Hope this helps.

Mike Matulonis 12-14-2008 10:32 PM

Re: Full Labral Tear
Thats a great video. Recovering from shoulder surgery and had my pec. muscle rattached to the bone so I may try this workout when I can. Thanks for the vid. link.

Brian De Mio 12-16-2008 12:39 PM

Re: Full Labral Tear
Thanks for all the help and info guys!

Yeh I'm impatient heh. I saw the surgeon today and got cleared to do strength and conditioning. The flexibility is way lacking but he says he is happy it's like that for now to keep me from doing something crazy. I'll get in the physical therapy for a couple weeks and try this routine and see how it goes. I think it will help a lot.

Even better news is he offered me a job hahaha... Networking is great!

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