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Exercises for Torn Shoulder Labrum

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Michelle Zehr started writing professionally in 2009. She has written on health, fitness, fashion, interior design, home decorating,sports and finance for several websites. Zehr possesses a Bachelor of Arts in communication from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Arts in professional writing from Chatham University and a graduate certificate in health promotion from California University of Pennsylvania.
Exercises for Torn Shoulder Labrum
Exercise will help restore flexibility and motion in your shoulder. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images

Torn shoulder labrums are also referred to as glenoid labrum tears. This injury occurs as the result of a direct blow, sudden pull, violent overhead reach or falling on an extended arm. The labrum helps stabilize the entire shoulder. As a result of an injury to the labrum, you are likely to experience pain, loss of strength, instability, a decreased range of motion and locking of the shoulder joint. Mild tears can be treated conservatively. However, surgery is frequently used to treat torn shoulder labrums. Following surgery, a series of exercises can help restore function to your shoulder. Always consult your doctor before beginning exercises for a torn shoulder labrum.

Arm Clasp

An arm clasp will help restore flexibility to your shoulder after a labrum tear. Stand straight. Lock your fingers together behind your back. Slowly straighten your arms out and move your arms upward as far as possible. Once you have reached as high as you possibly can, hold this position for 20 seconds. Complete this exercise four times.

Shoulder Rotation

Sit with your affected arm resting on a table. Your elbow should be bent with your forearm touching the table. Your elbow should remain stationary as your shoulder blades move downward and closer together. Slowly slide your forearm back and forth across the table. Complete one set of 10 repetitions.

Wall Walk-Up

Stand near a door or wall frame. Grab onto the frame. Straighten your arm as far as possible. Using your fingers, "walk" up the frame as high as you possibly can. Hold this position for a count of 10. Relax and repeat three times.

Shoulder Flexion

Sit in a chair. Your back should be straight with both hands resting on your legs. Take the arm of your affected shoulder and raise it straight up. Your elbow should be straight. Hold this position for a few seconds. Slowly lower your arm. Relax and repeat one set of 10 repetitions.

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