Hey guys, about a week ago, I tweaked my shoulder at football practice, and the trainer and our team doctor said it may just be a small labrum tear. Could anyone give some kind of time frame for a full recovery? I haven’t lifted at all since it happened, heck, I didn’t even lift for a solid 3 weeks before that because of a strained bicep tendon.
There’s no way to confirm you tore your labrum without an MRI. The labrum is very unlikely to heal itself, so if you really did tear it the only options are to hope it’s not bothersome and live with it, try to rehab to a point where it’s not bothersome, or have surgery.
Does it still hurt; feel unstable; or click, pop, or catch? Do you have a full range of motion?
You most likely just had a mild strain if everything feels normal already, but a small tear is still possible. If it feels at full strength now then you probably aren’t any more likely to reinjure now than you would be if you waited a couple more weeks, so my advice would be to just make sure you are being honest with yourself when you say you feel fine.
I played through way too much pain just to stay on the field in HS, and I’m paying the price now. Unless you have a future in football, play it safe.[/quote]
I have pretty much all the range of motion, and no pain with the movement. Though if I put my arm back, for example to hold the bar on my back for squats, I have a feeling of strain in the back of my shoulder, like something is about to pop.