Rehab (2) Glenohumeral (Shoulder) Labral Tear: Phase Two

Rehab (2) Glenohumeral (Shoulder) Labral Tear: Phase Two

So I’ve had a labral tear & I have been doing my range of motion rehab, what is my next step?

Our rehab protocol for labral tears is divided into four phases based on what the goal of therapy is for certain time points during an individual’s progression with the goal of returning back to sport.

The second phase is focused on the initial strength training, specifically the scapular stabilization & rotator cuff muscles. In the second phase of labral tear recovery, our favorite exercise to promote active range of motion & scapular stabilization is an alternating flexion & scaption exercise that can be done using light resistance therabands (yellow) or light dumbbells (1-3 pounds). Here’s how to perform this exercise with therabands

  1. Stand with your back to the resistance (theraband locked in near the floor)
  2. Press your chest out while retracting (pull together) your shoulder blades
  3. Alternate bringing your arm forward into a flexed shoulder position and a position in the scaption plane (45 degrees away from body)

This exercise is great for your deltoids as well as your middle traps/rhomboids. It should be paired with internal/external rotation exercises for optimum results.

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