Hi! I did a quick search and found a few older posts on SLAP tears but none of them seemed to have updates on how the recovery went.
I had two horse-related shoulder injuries in a row (one in 2016 when I was hand walking a horse on stall rest and he reared up and jerked my arm back, one last October when a different horse tripped and fell down with me and I caught my elbow on his neck when I fell). I went to PT the first time with no true diagnosis, just pain, and that seemed to help. Second time I went straight to Urgent Care, where they X-rayed me and said it was probably a rotator cuff sprain and referred me to four weeks of PT again.
Well, a year later the shoulder is still very painful and has been causing me a lot of trouble. I finally talked my PCP into ordering me an MRI and whaddaya know, SLAP tear. Some anterior damage but mostly posterior. I just got out of a consultation with a surgeon who specializes in the shoulder and also happens to ride, and she said at my age (late 20s) and activity level she would definitely recommend surgery.
Perfect timing, because my horse is coming off a year lease on Thursday. :rolleyes: Luckily I have a part-lease set up through the summer anyway, but I was really looking forward to riding him regularly again. Doc said 6 months before I can compete to mitigate risk of re-injury, but she seemed to think I’d probably be able to futz around a bit at some point before that.
Anybody else have experience with riding after labrum surgery? How long til you swung a leg over? Or jumped? My horse is older so I’m worried about missing out on yet another of his good years.