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Chest Exercises Post Labrum Surgery?

I had a labrum repair two months ago. What is contraindicated is going into abduction/external rotation. This would mean having the elbows travel lower than the torso in any horizontal push exercise could be damaging.

What are options I have? I will never do dips again and that is fine. I need a way to train my upper body, push exercises specifically. Any ideas are very much appreciated.

[quote]Navin Johnson wrote:
I had a labrum repair two months ago. What is contraindicated is going into abduction/external rotation. This would mean having the elbows travel lower than the torso in any horizontal push exercise could be damaging.

What are options I have? I will never do dips again and that is fine. I need a way to train my upper body, push exercises specifically. Any ideas are very much appreciated.[/quote]

When you say abduction/external rotation is contraindicated you are talking about abduction/external rotation COMBINED right??
and even then it probably only for the period of your rehabilitation?
If that is the case then pressing will be fine once you have been rehabed properly.
You will have a review with the specilist in another couple of months right??
well I suggest you ask him and I’m sure he’ll let you do more than you are thinking, he is the one who did the operation after all.

I agree. Surgeries for labrum tears are pretty common. With smart, slow rehab you should get full ROM back and a lot of strength. There have been people who come out stronger overall in their upper body, so take the rehab day by day and deal with the long term limitations (if any) later. Dips may end up being out but there are plenty of other good pressing movements that you should be able to do later on with a good ROM.