Hey everyone. This is my first post to this forum, but i’ve been a long time reader and follower of the website. I’m posting this to see if anyone is in the same situation and could offer some advice. To start, i’m 19 years old, 5’8", and around 210. I’m a rugby player, front row and mostly hooker, and tore my labrum on a tackle. That was roughly a month ago. The tear is only partial, and in the back of my shoulder. Now, i have a full range of motion in my arm and not much regular pain. However, i’ve never been injured like this before. I’ve followed the icing and stretching pretty well, but thats all i’ve been told i can do.
During the first two weeks, before it was a confirmed tear, i was still in the gym and noticed an instability while benching. This is almost completely gone, however i’ve seen that my strength is not what it was before on presses. Also, oddly enough, I was able to set a deadlift PR post injury. I’ve been told that deads should hurt the shoulder but i havn’t experienced fhag. The doctor has told me to avoid all working out, running, rugby, tackling, everything. the only things i’ve actually avoided are and excercises that actually brought on pain: shoulder presses, heavy shoulder isolations, and the such.
I know, alot of writing but I’d like to try to paint the whole picture before i ask for specific advice.
My main question is, since the doctor wasn’t much help, is the increase in stability and somewhat strength a sign that i’m doing okay recovery wise? And, would it be smart to try and start getting back to my normal, pre injury, workouts? Also, anyone who has been through this, did you ever get back to normal?
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