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    Unhappy tips for getting back to the gym with a torn labrum?

    Around 3 years ago in rugby, I went for a tackle using my arms and ended up dislocating my shoulder and pulling it out. I got surgery and worked my way back to normal health and the following year I started hitting the gym. I made some serious progress in the last 2 years however I dislocated my shoulder and tore my labrum again while playing in a volleyball tournament this past September and a 3rd time hitting a pinata (Yes I know it's very dumb). I haven't been to the gym since and lost major mass and gained a lot of fat not knowing what are the do's and dont's so that I don't have several more dislocations. Overall I was wondering if anyone could help point me in the right direction so that I can get back into lifting as it was a big part of my life and I feel I lost all of the progress.
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    Go see an orthopedic surgeon. You may need it operated on again. At the very minimum you'll need 4 months or so with a physical therapist to work on building up the smaller muscles of the shoulder to stabilize the joint, that is assuming PT will be of some use. Only when you are stable can you really start lifting again. The surgery route is typically back to the gym 3-4 months post op slowly adding in presses (i.e. bar only, then light weight and 6 board press, etc until you're ROM is back to normal). The labrum won't heal on its own. If you can go the PT route it won't heal the labrum it will just enjoin other elements to stabilize the joint, and you will need to perform those PT exercises daily for life to keep it stable.
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    Hard luck

    Hate to tell you this but you will likely never be the same again ,I should know because I’m not ,I had stabilisation surgery 7 years ago and now have 7 anchors in my left shoulder ,restricted rom and mri confirmed arthritic changes in the joint !
    One year after surgery I blew my right labrum obviously from over compensating for the left ,now my right shoulder is worse than my left ever was .

    I was offered surgery on my right a couple of months back but just can’t face the rehab pain and the chances that it won’t be a total success like the other !
    My left shoulder hasn’t dislocated since the surgery but I’ve been left with out her problems like stiffness pain arthritis etc ,so keep in mind this can happen .
    I haven’t been able to press for several years ,not even push ups which is heartbreaking .
    What helps me is that I make sure I do a lot of rowing exercises ,rotator cuff a couple of times per week and avoid anything that causes too much pain .
    It’s **** and I’ve lost aload of mass myself ,I’ve had to face this is how I’m gonna be as a 35 year old man but I haven’t been able to train properly for years now anyway ,it really is **** .
    I could go for another surgery but what’s the point of success is not guaranteed or it leads to other problems ,
    Try to keep yarms shoulders below shoulder height ,This is the position we are vulnerable at so avoid any exercises above head and pressing ,I only use resistance bands now with abit of pain , anything else is a no no
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    Success is never guaranteed in any medical procedure. I had trigger release surgery on my thumb that turned into a staph infection, 3 more surgeries, a pic line installed to deliver antibiotics right above my heart, daily visits to a wound clinic for over a month and it came close to killing me: not the expected result. The best you can do is select a good health care provider (in this case research out a very good orthopedic surgeon), get a proper workup and diagnosis, agree to a treatment plan consistent with your goals, and then execute the plan. If you have a perfect recovery then great, if you have complications then move on and see if they can be mitigated. Next injury go through the same process. Too many people have a less than perfect outcome and assume doctors are quacks who don't know what they're doing and then searching for magic pixi dust to solve their problems
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    hello, fellow torn labrum member here. I dislocated my shoulder 10+ times resulting in my labrum to be completely torn all around (24hour). I had the bankart lesion surgery done 3 years ago, and IIRC I had about 14 anchors in and haven't dislocated it since. The fact that you had surgery and dislocated it again.. unfortunately you'll have to weigh the options of surgery again to fix it. Dislocated shoulders are the worst because it'll never get better on its own, you will always have that risk of popping it out, surgery just reduces the chance of your shoulder popping out again. The rehab process is critical to regain your ROM, I've gotten back about 95% ROM but not full.
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