Managing Expectations When Recovering from a Labral Repair

I have seen many clients with post-operative shoulder labral repairs. It is a frustrating injury that takes time to recover from. Being the recipient of two labral repair surgeries myself, it is my opinion that the key to recovery with a labral injury is managing expectations.

Figure 1. A and B) Uniaxial loading of biceps tendon leading to SLAP lesion in the neutral position (Bey et al. 1998)

The shoulder labrum is a fibrous, or rigid type of cartilage. This type of cartilage is found only around the attachment of the socket. The two main functions of the labrum are to deepen the socket (thus providing added stability) and to be an attachment for other structural tissues such as the biceps tendon around the joint.

The labrum is typically torn from one of the following.

1. Damage to attaching ligaments of the shoulder resulting from repetitive actions or over-use.
2. A subluxation or dislocation of the shoulder, usually occurring from trauma. Dislocation can occur anteriorly or posteriorly.

Figures A and B show the subluxation uniaxial loading seen when holding a dumbbell. Figure two shows a throwing motion: Notice the detachment of the bicep tendon with the labrum. There are four types of SLAP classifications, which can be a factor in the recovery process.

I wanted to touch on how this injury occurs in order to point out the degree of recovery needed. Recovery depends upon many factors, such as lesion location, severity, and the quality of surgical repair. The Johns Hopkins orthopedic surgery website reports with regards to recovery that

Figure 2) during the late cocking phase of throwing (Rodosky et al. 1994).

“It is believed that it takes at least four to six weeks for the labrum to re-attach itself to the rim of the bone, and probably another four to six weeks to get strong. Once the labrum has healed to the rim of the bone, it should see stress very gradually so that it can gather strength. It is important not to re-injure it while it is healing. How much motion and strengthening of the arm is allowed after surgery also depends upon many factors, and it is up to the surgeon to let you know your limitations and how fast to progress. Because of the variability in the injury and the type of repair done, it is difficult to predict how soon someone can to return to activities and to sports after the repair. The type of sport also is important, since contact sports have a greater chance of injuring the labrum repair. However, a vast majority of patients have full function of the shoulder after labrum repair, and most patients can return to their previous level of sports with no or few restrictions.”

The Johns Hopkins orthopedic surgery website does leave recovery time open for interpretation and dependent on each case. I feel that recovery typically takes longer than expected.

The recovery time can be separated into three stages. The first is acute pain stage (difficulty when sleeping), which usually lasts 4-6 weeks. This time usually involves a formal physical therapy process.

The second stage is continued strengthening and stretching with slight discomfort (minimal to no pain). During this stage the patient/client will report “I still feel like I am going to dislocate and have this funny crackling in my shoulder”. This stage can range from 12-16 weeks (therapy to post rehab transitional stage). Don’t be alarmed. The labrum repair tightened the joint and likely causing minor pressure on the repaired tissues that are unfamiliar. This feeling will recede over time.

The final stage is the transition to your “new normal” lifestyle and exercise. This stage varies and could be 6-12 weeks of feeling “normal again”. Realistically, many patients are looking at 9 months to 1 year of total recovery time before they feel “normal” again.

I hope this information helps you when managing expectations. Frustration is common, and patience is key. The time frame may indeed be longer than you may expect, but it is better to manage your expectations and realize that you will have a “new normal”. Do not rush your rehabilitation, as many people find themselves re-injuring their shoulder.

For more information on SLAP repairs http://hopkinsortho.org/labrum_tear.html

By: Phillip Godfrey MES, PFT

Discussion

  1. Jarrod says

    Hi I am 2 yrs+ post labral tear operation, and i have had a complete recovery. I have even played rugby without dislocating the shoulder again. However, I have recently noticed a winged scapula on the same shoulder and I have been doing a lot of exercise to attempt to correct this. Everything has been fine until about two weeks ago where I have noticed a painless squeaking in the repaired joint. This only occurs at random intervals while doing the exercises: dumbbell row, and a single arm straight pull down (teres major targeted). I have been lifting weight heavily for over a year now and this has only just occurred (perhaps a result of keeping my scapula in a better position?). Should I be worried and/or take any actions? thanks

  2. Alex says

    Hey Dan, I am a little over 8 months post-op i had a SLAP repair from 9-12. I am a professional baseball player and I pitched professionally with the Brewers organization. I have never had any arm troubles until I stopped throwing and started throwing again. My tear was from extreme overuse.I threw 90-92mph and I am not expecting anything more or less most say that I will be back at that speed or slightly less. A few players with the surgery have said that I could come back throwing harder. I have talked to hall of famers who claim that success is 25% the surgeons job and 75% rehab. I have been “tossing” lightly since about mid January and never got past 90 feet until about March. Ever since I have been able to get to about 75% of my effort back from 60-90 feet but I always feel this tightness in the joint. I usually stop once the tightness begins but it seems as though PT stretching and strengthening every day hasn’t gotten me past this feeling of tightness. In fact i tried pushing through it and ended up having rotator cuff tendinitis. My question is, is throwing hindering the process of my shoulder loosening up or will I have to “throw through” the tightness and soreness? I am very hesitant when it comes to throwing but I am starting to fall behind since the season has started so i’m getting a little impatient with this and it seems like I have hit a wall with PT and throwing and I haven’t gotten anywhere in the last month or so throwing. Do you have any insight on this? Do I need to be more patient?

    • says

      Alex what you are describing is just about right in terms of time frame. The pitchers whom I have talked to (although they are not at your level) took a full year to get back to throwing at about 90% capacity or above. If I were to guess I would say that you have about 3-4 months to go before that feeling abates.

      In the mean time I would make sure that you give the shoulder adequate time to recover in between strengthening etc.. Working out every day may be a bit too much?? I would step it back to maybe two days on and one day off for a few weeks and see if that helps.

  3. Dirk says

    I had my surgery in November 2014 and have started going to therap. I have zero feeling in my bicep. It’s numb. My orthopedic Dr wants to do surgery again. I’m scale messed up my nerve. What should I do?

  4. Vito says

    Hallo again Doc,

    Thank you for your help last time. Now I have another question. I was sleeping in bed, lying on the side with my left arm under the pillow. I was having a dream I guess and suddenly I turned, waking up with a sound from my shoulder. Now I have pain behind my shoulder and I’m afraid that I have done something there. I already had a labrum surgery on the right side and I rellay hope nothing happened here….
    Thank you!

    • Vito says

      Update:
      I went to hospital and the X-ray have shown that the bones are intact and ultrasonography presented the muscles unharmed. The doctor says it is a overstretched ligament.
      On one side I’m relieved that it seems it’s only little harm done there, I’m a bit worried by the sound the shoulder made when it happened, something like a snapping sound, and I the shoulder feels unstable.
      Is this normal?
      Thank you again in advance!

      • says

        What you described is not uncommon. It can take quite some time for the pain to go away, perhaps months. What you want to look for is a little bit of improvement from week to week. Don’t push activity or exercise too hard, keep everything easy.

        It is good news that the muscles and bones look good.

  5. Ian says

    Hey Dan,

    I found your site prior to my procedure, and just wanted to say thank you for taking the time out to do this. It helped put a lot of things into perspective prior, and is helping now and am sure as my recovery continues I’ll find similar cases in previous questions which will help.

    My procedure was 3 weeks ago exactly.
    I’m 43 tomorrow, and in very good shape and am lucky enough to have the kind of genes that make it seem like I am a lot younger.. Hopefully that will help my recovery time too :-)

    I caused the injury being relatively new to crossfit and taking part ina Franathon, three workouts back to back, so 135 pull ups and 135 thrusters.

    The info I have on the procedure was:

    Large labral tear from 12 to just below 3 anterior ly, elevated and repaired using 4 jugger knot 1.4 anchors
    Partial thickness joint sided cuff tear in the insertion supraspinatus which was resected to a stable edge
    bursa entered and no significant pathology therefore no decompression was performed

    Post op instruction:
    Sling for 4 weeks
    4 – 8 weeks below 90 degrees with no rotation
    8 – 12 weeks free movement with no resistance
    12 weeks begun light resistance, adding 5kg/month max

    I know it is still early days, and I am doing the limited exercises to plan and wearing my sling, but just wanted to check things are normal/as expected…

    I work in IT, and I find that even just a few hours on my laptop leaves my shoulder aching in the evening.
    When I wake in the mornings the shoulder is painful
    I often feel a dull ache in the back of my shoulder

    Okay, so the questions…

    Should I still need pain killers given the procedure and the time passed? I’d rather not, I realise there’s no medals for suffering, but I’d rather stop taking them ASAP. What kind of timeline would you say is right for the pain to go away and I won’t need tablets?

    Are the pains natural, and is it okay to use my laptop, and anything you can suggest to minimise pain?

    I am also very much into kickboxing, should I be able to make a full recovery and not be hindered?

    When would you expect I can start running again? I have a half-marathon I am running for a charity in September, which has a significant meaning to me, and I’d still very much want to do that.

    Thanks in advance,

    Ian.

    • says

      Pharmaceuticals are not my bag Ian, you will have to ask the prescribing MD about that. I have seen however that a great many patients are on the pain meds for more than a month or two, especially if they are having a difficult time sleeping.

      The pain with the laptop is to be expected. You will need better strength in the shoulder blade and RC in order to have better overall working comfort. You could try having support under your elbow during typing, that might de-weight the shoulder a bit.

      The kicking portion of kickboxing ultimately should not be a problem. As far as the punching goes………meh? That might be a good year, and I would be in no hurry to strike anything full force.

      Running a half marathon in September? That lies firmly within the “grey area”. It depends on how things are going. The big problem here will probably be the training that you would have to do prior to the race. I am assuming that you would ideally want to start that a good six weeks prior to the race. That might be cutting it a bit tight. Ask the doc for the final verdict.

      • Ian says

        Cheers Dan.

        I’ll look at supporting the elbow while using the laptop, I guess that takes any load out of the shoulder and keeps it elbow downwards?

        For the half marathon I was going to approach the training by using a stationary bike, in the near term, and seated weight machines for the legs, and crunches to keep a base fitness while I couldn’t run, would any of that be a risk, as I would be sure to keep my shoulder locked while doing so? I know a bike is no substitute for running, but it’s something to keep me ticking over.

        I’m glad I got in touch, as I have a physio locally to me and in my first session (1 week ago) he advised I should be able to run once the sling comes off… I’m not a wuss but I know I move my shoulder unexpectedly and it’s not comfortable, even with the best will in the world I am not going to run for any decent spell and keep my shoulder locked.. and if I did I suspect that have a knock on negative impact elsewhere?

        I actually also have an assault course the week after the half… I’m starting to think I might have to skip a lot of obstacles, but I’ll see where I am at the time.

        The kickboxing… I guess I have always been better with my hands, so will use the time to concentrate on my kicks… Got to find the silver linings when injury strikes right :-)

        Thanks again, really appreciate the feedback.

        Ian.

  6. Destiny says

    My boyfriend had this procedure done a week ago. He is now experiencing pulsing pain below his stitches in his arm. It occurs 8-20 seconds apart from each, and doesn’t stop. He claims the pain is pretty bad when they happen. Is this normal?

  7. Ben says

    Hello Dan, I’m currently 4 months and a week post op for a bankhart lesion and labrum repair. My tear was from 3 o’clock to 10 o’clock and required 5 sutures. I tore it in ny senior football season. Everything has gone smoothly until around 2 weeks ago. I started doing pushups and then went to bench press when I was fully cleared at 4 months. In my first gym session I worked up to 5x135lbs and it felt ok. However, now I’m worried that it was too much because I’m experiencing more pronounced clicking and an uncomfortable feeling in certain positions. Also today I went to bench press again and was warming up with the bar, and it just felt wrong. I decided not to lift today. I’ve followed all of my doc’s orders, I’m worried that I’ve done something, and I’m frustrated because all I want to see is progress in the gym. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    • says

      Even at your age you need to be very gradual in terms of how you get back in to the gym. 5 months is really quite early to be pressing 135#. Wait for the weird feelings to subside over the next week or two, then go to lighter weight WITH THE DOC’S PERMISSION OF COURSE.

      Most of the younger people that I see will take 6-10 months before the motions that you describe start to feel “normal”.

  8. Shane says

    Hi my name is shane I’m a junior in high school and I recently tore my labrum and had a slap This year in football … I had surgery on October 31 of this past year , it’s been nearly 7 months since the operation , and I was playing basketball today and I felt a crunching feeling in my shoulder …. I was wondering if this is normal since I haven’t really been playing strenuous sports since football season ….

    • says

      Shane if it was just a noise I wouldn’t be freaked out about it. Tell your parents about it of course, but there usually is a lot of pain associated with re-tearing.

      I would also make sure that the shoulder strength is up to the level of the non surgical side. If you need guidance with strengthening I would ask your PT or doc about what to do specifically.

  9. Nick says

    Hello Dan, I asked a question about a month ago just before my labrum repair on recovery time and I just had another one.. I had surgery April 3rd so it’s been a little over 5 weeks.. I’ve been taking the sling off at home and just doing normal stuff not lifting anything heavy or anything.. My ROM is pretty good but still can’t get my arm all the way above my head.. I’m just wondering if I’m moving to quickly or not?? Also my doctor moved my appointment to take my sling off back two and a half weeks and it would be a total of 8 and a half weeks with the sling on.. Is there any possibility that that would hurt my recovery time because of how long it’s been in the sling and not moving? Thank you so much!!

    • says

      Nick I don’t know why he is keeping you in the sling for that long, but he must have a legit reason to do so.

      You should have a protocol of PT exercises that the doc wants you to do. I would stick to them. It is totally normal to not have full range at your stage.

      • Nick says

        I’m guessing it’s because I will be going back into a contact sport in the fall could that be it?

  10. Fred says

    Hi Dan,

    I had a slap tear that was corrected at the end of November 2014. After 3 months of PT I was given the okay to resume lifting light weight again. With that said I am now 6 months out and still dealing with soreness just like I had before my surgery. I ice all the time plus the surgeon had my try 1800 mg of Ibuprofen for a few days which seemed to help some but not make the soreness go away. They finally put me on some sort of Steroid which helped the soreness go away temporarily as once I started pushing myself again at the gym, nothing crazy, and the soreness is back. I am really frustrated and not sure what the next step is. One of the reasons I went through with the surgery was the guarantee from the surgeon that I could be good as new and resume weight training which I am very passionate about. Any advice would be greatly appreciated? Thank you!

    • says

      Fred I would guess that you are having impingement type pain, probably from a less than ideal muscle balance that you had before the surgery. Having the labrum repaired in the long term was probably a good idea if you want to lift weights. That tear was not helping you.

      I would go and find a really, really reputable physical therapist who deals with shoulders and get some exercise advice. It may be a matter of getting some more strength in a few very specific areas over the long term.

  11. Billy says

    Dear Dan,

    Thanks for this awesome article and answering comments! It’s a great thing you are doing. I am actually at a pre-surgery stage and had a question. I just had an MRI come back positive for a full tear of one part of my labrum. I was wondering in your experience how long it takes athletes to get back to explosive movements such as jumping (I’m a basketball player / power lifter), and whether you can get back to 100% speed post-op. I’m worried that even after gaining strength post surgery quick movements may be difficult with the repaired ligaments.

    Thanks again,

    Billy

    • says

      The explosive movements take most people up to a year to get back. Some factors such as age can shorten the time (somewhat). You are going to need excellent control and strength to be able to throw a high speed ball or do an olympic style lift with heavy weight. As always, get the final OK from your doc or PT before doing the hard core stuff, and EASE back in to it.

  12. Leigh says

    Hi Dan,
    I went in for my check up today (11 weeks post op tomorrow) and the Dr suggested I have a slight frozen shoulder. He said he could give me a cortisone shot, but that won’t really tackle the issue. he then suggested another surgery where he would go in through the existing ports and manually manipulate the shoulder, clear away scar tissue that built up, and do something to the tendons (release them maybe, cant recall exactly what he said). I would be under anesthesia, but i was wondering if this is an effective treatment for what i am going through. I felt pretty deflated after the check up, i thought i had been doing so well. He didn’t mention any risks and really seemed to be pushing the surgery. Any insight is wonderful. Just scary to go into another surgery after what happened in the first (went in for bone spur, ended up with that, rotator tear, bursitis and a large posterior labral tear).

    • says

      Frozen shoulders are indeed a pain in the butt Leigh. They take a while to work themselves out, sometimes up to a year. We have a blog article on our site about frozen shoulders, check it out.

      If this were my shoulder I would not have the doctor operate on it again. At the very minimum I would wait for everything to heal and assess it at about 4-6 months.

      IF the frozen shoulder becomes very painful, you can always talk to the doc about getting some pain medication to get you over the initial phase.

      • Leigh says

        I was surprised by how optimistic he was and it almost sounded as if it would put me leaps and bounds ahead of where i would be with just PT. I felt the same, surgery is surgery and that is scary. I was very tempted to jump on board and do it just because of how he sold it to me.

  13. Michele says

    I had a little labral repair 8 months ago . Now i feel pain at the surgical area if i push or i do push ups. My shoulder is almost the same as it was before surgery, constant pain and weakness. Should i wait? The place where the anchor is hurts!!!!

  14. meg says

    Hi Dan,
    I am two weeks post op following labral repair. I am 21 and was very active before the operation! Before the dislocations started i booked to go on holiday for 4 weeks and it happens to have fallen exactly on the 3 month post op date. My concern is that will doctor will advise against this however the holiday has already been paid for. I know its very difficult to call but would you advise against going abroad at this stage, and is it likely i will still need physio after 12 weeks? Thankyou in advance!

    • says

      Given your age Meg you will probably be good enough to go on holiday at 3 months. I just would not do physical activity that involves aggressive recruitment of the shoulder (rock climbing, swimming etc). I would also have someone help you lifting luggage.

      I would get the docs opinion at your next follow up as well. It is tough for me to give you a fully qualified opinion obviously because I cannot assess you over the internet.

  15. Casey Jones says

    My Dr had told me that I may need this surgery it is currently mid May but I’d consider myself a strong kid I play on our high school football team and if my recovery time is really nine months then I’ll miss the whole season is there an upside?

    • says

      Casey that is cutting it a bit close. You and dad should make a decision soon. You could also rehab it and see if you can make it through the season without having surgery. It totally depends on how stable the shoulder is. The doc can really give you the best feedback as to whether you can wait or not.

  16. Annie says

    I had surgery to repair a labrum tear from 12 o’clock to 10 o’clock over a year ago. since then I have had a pretty good recovery and have gotten back to doing almost everything I could before the surgery. today was going normally until I started having a sharp pain in my shoulder. it happens when I move it and it resembles the type of pain I felt during the first few weeks of recovering from my surgery. I haven’t done anything out of the ordinary and am not sure what has caused the pain. I have been wearing my sling since I got off work but the pain is still there if I try to move it in certain direction. it also has been falling asleep on and off. should I be worried or will this go away on its own?

  17. Mandeep says

    Hi Dan,

    I had an injury on my left shoulder last Sep because of a cricketing shot (almost similar to baseball shot). MRI confirmed that I have a large SLAP tear. I have tried everything from anti-inflammatory, exercises recommended by doctor ,cortisone shot and even a full course of PT.

    All of these helped me reduce the pain to almost negligible. However, when the doctor tries to test the labrum, the pain comes back in those particular range of motion. Also, when I sleep on my left shoulder over the night, its sore/irritated (not so painful) for rest of the day. Upon doctors recommendation, I tested my shoulder by playing one shot and immediately I could feel the catching/locking pain.

    What I expect is to sleep and wake up painless and also get back to my favorite game. I guess the question is do all these symptoms of pain/soreness good enough for me to decide to get under a knife ?

    I’m deciding if I should be getting this surgery or not. What is recovery rate ? Will I be able to get back to the game ?

    Thanks in advance,
    Mandeep

    • says

      For young people Mandeep (under 30) the recovery rate is quite high. It will just take a considerable amount of time to rehab the shoulder. I would guess that within one year you will be back to playing cricket.

  18. Debs says

    I’m almost 3 months out from surgery and my ROM excellent according to my Doc and therapist. I’m concerned about a squeaking noise that I am having. It’s not all the time and it varies with what I’m doing. For instance if you could imagine moving my arm in front on my chest as if I was going to rub my chest. I also get it when I left a bag of groceries or even somtimes when I move my shoulder in a circular motion. doc says it is because my muscles are not strong enough yet and the ball is rubbing up against the the scapular. Or something like that. Articles I read online say that it’s the sutures or the fiber wire that needs to be trimmed back. I also have pain every day and have been taking anti-inflammatories since the day of surgery. I still feel I have a lot of pain and inflammation and I also have a huge knot in my upper arm / deltoid. Does this sound about right to you? Would you recommend I insist on getting an MRI? Sometimes my shoulder pops and my therapist says that it’s probably just scarred tissue should I be concerned ?

    • says

      Debs it is way too early to be making the diagnosis of wires or sutures causing problems. If it is still going on 3-4 months from now I would be concerned, but there are just too many variables at this point in time.

      The doctor is right: You have to be weak right now given that the surgery was just 3 months ago. Stick with the rehab program for the time being.

  19. Craig Edlund says

    Hi Dan,

    My son is a senior high school pitcher that was just diagnosed with a minor posterior labrum tear.
    He is distraught over the diagnosis as he will be entering college in the fall to pitch. The orthopedic
    recommended surgery if he has any desire to pitch in college (he does). My son is meeting with another sports medicine surgeon that specializes in shoulders for a second opinion. Surgery will eliminate any possibility to pitch during his freshman year.

    In your experience, is it possible to resume throwing activities (pitching) with a minor posterior labrum tear with PT and shoulder specific workouts and no surgery?

    • says

      For the elite athlete, I am going to agree with the ortho on this one. He is eventually going to extend the tear if he tries to throw hard through it. Rehabbing will help at least 50% of people avoid surgery, but your son will demand too much of the shoulder to likely benefit from conservative management.

  20. Eric says

    if I tore left labrum slap in 2013 had surgery and was fine. Was back in gym doing fine. If I retore this year what’s success rate at coming back healthy a second time?

    • says

      Eric it takes longer the second time to recover, but I have seen people who have come back fine from it. Take whatever time frame you had for the first rehab and add a few months to it.

      I would have someone take a good hard look at what you have been doing at the gym. If I were you, I would think about permanently scaling back heavy lifting and overhead motions like military presses.

  21. Steve says

    I’m so glad I found this page. I had my surgery around September, was out of the sling about a month later, and therapy was very gradual. Because of work I wasn’t going very often, once…maybe twice a week sometimes, though three was the goal. Since I’ve been able to get back to work and finished with the actual therapists, I’ve slowly stopped going altogether, doing therapy at the gym once every couple weeks.
    As of last week I’ve started hitting the gym again, but I’m itching to go back to what I used to before the injury. I spend one day doing my therapy exercises, but I’m increasing my dumbell bench weight, and then the next day I try to hit biceps and triceps hard. I am not feeling “pain” necessarily, but I still feel stretching and soreness. Now that it’s May, am I endangering myself by doing heavy bicep workouts? I know those pull on the area.
    I really want to do deadlift and some real weight again, but I could use some perspective on if I should be patient.

    • says

      Steve

      The biceps attaches right on to the superior portion of the labrum, so I would be very careful about heavy biceps work. You are much better off doing lighter weight with perhaps higher repetition. You do not want to be a repeat customer with your orthopedist.

      Another opinion interjected here for you Steve, don’t ever do preacher curls again. They isolate the biceps too much in a fixed position. I heavy preacher curl could damage your labrum again.

      Take it slow in terms of upping your weight, with small incremental increases to tolerance. Slight soreness and stretching is probably okay, but anything sharp is a no-no.

      • Steve says

        You’re probably right. It sucks to hear because back before my injury I liked to keep my biceps sculpted and preacher curls were my favorite workout…which probably explains how I tore the labrum in the first place.

        I tried to do reverse-grip curls, but when I get to the top of the motion (which is almost like the starting position for a shoulder press), it starts to sting a bit. Any idea when I’ll have the upward motion again if I were to continue doing focused shoulder therapy twice a week, with arms also twice a week? Again, my surgery was end of September 2014.

        I realize you’re not a psychic, but I do appreciate the input.

  22. Noelle says

    Hello! This is a great site, and I am very confused and looking for a little bit of insight. I am having labral repair and glenohumeral repair in about a month. I tore 2 spots in my labrum (according to my doctor) and my glenohumeral ligament is stretched, but he doesn’t think it’s torn. I’m very unsure or how recovery is going to go. Getting dressed is going to be a hassle, and I’m aware of that, but is my shoulder going to have to be 100% immobile or can I slightly move it to get dressed? Also, this is probably dumb, but when will I be able to write/type again? I am a student so I have a lot of summer work I have to get done for my AP classes and it’s kind of stressing me out. Thanks!

    • says

      You will not be 100% immobilized. You will probably have to wear a sling for a month or so, but you can don and doff clothing as long as you are careful and are not using the arm actively. You should be able to type within 1-2 weeks. It will be uncomfortable, but if the keyboard is around the area of your lap you are not in any danger of causing damage.

  23. says

    My name is Brian Reese, I have two injured shoulders. I have SLAP tears on both. The left was fixed on March 31st. I am still in a lot of pain, though my flexibility is coming back in PT. This was a work comp type injury, so I have been off work for a long time. In fact, I will be looking for a new job when this is over. I had four anchors put in and would have had five if the bone wouldn’t have been broken. I am 43 years old and I am beginning to wonder if I am going to be in pain forever. My work comp insurance is starting to give me a hard time for still being on pain pills, and ultrasound isn’t helping. The pain is in my bicep, my shoulder, and in my shoulder blade. I don’t sleep much, and I am told I can’t really do much. I have only been in PT for two weeks, but It looks like other people were father ahead then I am at this stage. Should I be worried?

    • says

      Brian it is going to be several more months before that shoulder feels more normal. Stick with the rehab program that the PT is doing with you. In all likelihood you will not be in pain forever, but it takes many people a good year to totally recover.

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