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Will physical theropy repair a small lebral tear after an anterior shoulder dislocation? Because i want to play crossfit (overhead sport)

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Dr. Brian Badman
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

A labral tear will not heal on its own.
Therapy can help with the pain so if you are clinically not having recurrent instability and just dealing with pain at this point i think therapy is appropriate. Any recurrent instability episode however or continued pain is going to be best managed with surgical repair.

In brief: No

A labral tear will not heal on its own.
Therapy can help with the pain so if you are clinically not having recurrent instability and just dealing with pain at this point i think therapy is appropriate. Any recurrent instability episode however or continued pain is going to be best managed with surgical repair.
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Dr. Chad Zooker
Sports Medicine

In brief: Not repair, but help

Labral tears can be treated effectively in many, but not all shoulders with physical therapy.
Therapy can strengthen the surrounding muscles to prevent recurrent dislocation and restore shoulder flexibility. Many crossfit exercises involve overhead positions that can aggravate your condition. Rehab first, then return/start crossfit with a certified xfit trainer who can help you modify wods.

In brief: Not repair, but help

Labral tears can be treated effectively in many, but not all shoulders with physical therapy.
Therapy can strengthen the surrounding muscles to prevent recurrent dislocation and restore shoulder flexibility. Many crossfit exercises involve overhead positions that can aggravate your condition. Rehab first, then return/start crossfit with a certified xfit trainer who can help you modify wods.
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