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Old 10-20-2013, 06:55 PM   #21
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Turns out I had shoulder instability along with a labarum tear. I am post op 5 weeks now from a plication and labarum repair. I was in a sling 24-7 for 4 weeks and just out this week . I am in PT and have my good days and bad. And it will be a long slow road ahead..but a second option was worth it. If anyone has any tips or tricks to help with pain and muscle fatigue that would be great!
How did the second opinion that you received diagnosis your issue? Did they look at the MRI or was it a physical test such as moving and bending your arm certain ways? I'm dealing with shoulder issues, that's why I'm wondering.
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:17 PM   #22
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My MRI was clear. My second opinion MD did shoulder tests and moved it certain ways the other didn't and immediately found my issue. Once in surgery he found I did have a slap tear. I know they do not always show on a MRI and my first MD didn't do contrast which was also an issue. It sounds like it is very hard to figure out shoulder issues. My opinion is research and talk to people and get more than one opinion if you still have issues. Make sure they do physical tests and not just say "oh crossfit your fine" and push you out the door. Also see someone who is specialized in shoulder and sports medicine. Best of luck!!
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Old 10-30-2013, 10:18 AM   #23
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Joe,
My MRI was clear. My second opinion MD did shoulder tests and moved it certain ways the other didn't and immediately found my issue. Once in surgery he found I did have a slap tear. I know they do not always show on a MRI and my first MD didn't do contrast which was also an issue. It sounds like it is very hard to figure out shoulder issues. My opinion is research and talk to people and get more than one opinion if you still have issues. Make sure they do physical tests and not just say "oh crossfit your fine" and push you out the door. Also see someone who is specialized in shoulder and sports medicine. Best of luck!!
Thanks for the info, glad to hear that a second opinion cleared everything up for you. I have scheduled an appointment this Friday with an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in shoulders, so hopefully I get a definitive answer or at least a script for an MRI with contrast. I hope your recovery goes well and you get back to crossfitting soon!
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Old 11-27-2013, 10:08 PM   #24
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Re: Help! possible SLAP tear

I had to go to 3 orthos before they figured mine out. MRI clearly showed (third ortho, shoulder specialist) the labrum tear. Luckily PT alone was enough to rehab. Six months from that injury same thing in my other shoulder. Same result, PT only no surgery. Two years later I'm finally getting my strength back to where it was.

Sometimes I think surgery might have been the best option, but I am really happy with where my body is and what I'm capable of post injury.

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Old 11-29-2013, 08:11 AM   #25
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I had to go to 3 orthos before they figured mine out. MRI clearly showed (third ortho, shoulder specialist) the labrum tear. Luckily PT alone was enough to rehab. Six months from that injury same thing in my other shoulder. Same result, PT only no surgery. Two years later I'm finally getting my strength back to where it was.

Sometimes I think surgery might have been the best option, but I am really happy with where my body is and what I'm capable of post injury.

Best of luck
When you were rehabbing your shoulder, did you continue to workout with your upper body? If so, did you stay away from any exercises like bench press and press?
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Old 12-19-2013, 08:45 PM   #26
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Week 13 Post Op- So some clarifications to my older posts. I was finally diagnosised with shoulder instability and I actually tore my shoulder capsule itself.. I didn't have a rotator cuff issue. Found out I have some bad joint genes along with all my activities I have done in the past. Going to be a much longer recovery due to frozen shoulder requiring a second procedure.. but now I am finally building strength and able to swim and run with restrictions and will be going back to work soon..finally! Already have issues with the left arm from months of not using my right arm..so I have my work cut out for me ...I hope to some day return to crossfit with LOTS of modifications.
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Old 12-20-2013, 06:00 PM   #27
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I went to my ortho MD today and based on my ROM and pain he thinks I have a SLAP lesion or rotator cuff issue. He gave me the choice of NSAIDs, PT or an MRI w/ contrast. I chose the MRI w/ contrast because I have been on NSAIDs for months with no difference and I have tried for 2+ months of rehabbing it though mobility WODs and rest. I have been battling bicep tendonitis off and on in both biceps for months as week (thanks Fran!) but that issue has almost subsided, thankfully. So tired of not being able to go to the box
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Old 12-21-2013, 03:25 AM   #28
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Week 13 Post Op- So some clarifications to my older posts. I was finally diagnosised with shoulder instability and I actually tore my shoulder capsule itself.. I didn't have a rotator cuff issue. Found out I have some bad joint genes along with all my activities I have done in the past. Going to be a much longer recovery due to frozen shoulder requiring a second procedure.. but now I am finally building strength and able to swim and run with restrictions and will be going back to work soon..finally! Already have issues with the left arm from months of not using my right arm..so I have my work cut out for me ...I hope to some day return to crossfit with LOTS of modifications.
Good luck with the continued recovery. Have you already had the procedure for the frozen shoulder? I had a client who had that procedure done and he got great relief right away. They just aggressively break up scar tissue in a way that would be too painful to do it without the anesthesia. It is almost like extreme physical therapy.

I wouldn't write off the possibility of your returning to full speed CrossFit someday without any modifications. I had a SLAP tear repaired in my left shoulder 10 years ago and was able to CrossFit without restriction--overhead squats, catching snatches in a full squat, muscle ups, handstand push-ups, kipping pull-ups, and so on. It is my plan to get back to full speed this time around with my right shoulder SLAP repair. I CrossFit with my surgeon and he fully expects me to get back to doing everything--it is just that the full range of motion for things like the overhead squat will take time (even maybe a full year).
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Old 12-30-2013, 04:50 PM   #29
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Good luck with the continued recovery. Have you already had the procedure for the frozen shoulder? I had a client who had that procedure done and he got great relief right away. They just aggressively break up scar tissue in a way that would be too painful to do it without the anesthesia. It is almost like extreme physical therapy.

I wouldn't write off the possibility of your returning to full speed CrossFit someday without any modifications. I had a SLAP tear repaired in my left shoulder 10 years ago and was able to CrossFit without restriction--overhead squats, catching snatches in a full squat, muscle ups, handstand push-ups, kipping pull-ups, and so on. It is my plan to get back to full speed this time around with my right shoulder SLAP repair. I CrossFit with my surgeon and he fully expects me to get back to doing everything--it is just that the full range of motion for things like the overhead squat will take time (even maybe a full year).
I did have the manipulation..and man what a difference! I was at my first PT visit after it and everyone and myself was so amazed at my improvements! I know someday I may be able to get back into full crossfit mode, but my left arm has the same instability issues and is quickly turning into a pain and my recovery on my right still needs a few months...
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:11 PM   #30
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Rehab the left along with the right--do all the exercises on both sides even if they are one arm at a time. Strengthen your rotator cuff and all the other muscles around your shoulder, get your shoulder postural alignment in great shape, and then build up weightlifting strength slowly once they release you.
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