i'd guess ScottW will have some good info, and verbal explaination will be easier,
but the basic idea is: the outer end of your shoulder blade has a shallow, oval shaped socket [glenoid] that your upper arm bone [humerus] rests in. this is your g-h joint.
Around the outer edge/rim of the socket is a tough, gristle-like ring [labrum] that makes the socket deeper, which helps
this joint remain stable when hukking tomahawks and wicked thumbers.
Several muscles [your rotator cuff] span this joint, also to help
keep it stable. Stable in this case means the arm bone stays snuggly and centered in the socket, where it belongs...
a torn labrum has detached at places along the 'rim' . it is helping less to keep things in place, consequently the RTC [rotator cuff] has a lot more work to do just to keep things stable, much less comfortable, coordinated, and able to huk...
Does this sound like you?:
have less bad injury
not so painful movement
are less active or dependent on strong use of their shoulder, or
expect less of their shoulder, or
have (or willing to work for) strong RTC muscles from specific training that keep it stable enuff to do what they want/need
OR this sound more like you?:
have worse injury, or
wicked painful movement
weak RTC muscles, or
more active, expect more performance from their shoulder, or
young with more reps required of their arms before kickin' it on easy street
many other considerations.
As another long time injured discer on this site said recently, "always get a second opinion"
this is where a good Physical therapist would come in handy...
my personal bias is for a PT emphasising 'manual therapy'
less comfort machines [ultrasound and electrical simulation], more hands on treatment.
this PT might concur with the surgeon, but should have the info for informed decisions
Also, not sure how young or well insured you are, but try not to let a couple hundred bucks of expense here and now keep you from talking to the right people to get the right thing done for your long term health!
I've never had a surgury, i have had a good PT along the way, i work in an associated field, and I am expressing my OPINION only
Originally Posted by bryan_luoma
I injured my throwing shoulder about 8 weeks ago playing DG (exclusive RHBH).
I Just got done talking to the orthopedic surgeon about the results of my MRI.
"< 50% chance it will heal on it's own"
"> 50% of the Labrum is damaged. Most of the front, some of the rear"
I have friends who have been diagnosed with labrum tears (from DG or not).
They can still huk (after long periods of rest) without having had surgery to repair the tears.
Has anyone had torn labrum shoulder surgery?
I would like to talk to you.
Any other info is welcome.