I have a posterior labral tear. What lifts shouldn't I do with it? Can I do curls, pull ups, triceps extentions, pullovers... etc? I have been benching on the floor, as I hear the elbow shouldn't go behind the back with the tear.

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    What does your physical therapist/doctor say?
    – JohnP
    Jul 19, 2014 at 17:12
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    I agree with @John. Your medical team should be directing your rehab, not people on a site with no knowledge of your orthopedic evaluation. Jul 24, 2014 at 5:15

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What lifts shouldn't you do when suffering a muscle tear, cartilage tear, soft tissue damage, hard tissue damage or broken bone?

Well, until your doctor says otherwise, I'd stay away from:

  • Deadlifts
  • Squats
  • Bench press
  • Overhead press
  • Bicep curls
  • Tricep curls
  • Quadricep curls
  • The frequently unheard of Quinrecp, Hexacep and Septecep curls
  • Running, jogging, walking faster than an elderly person with a zimmer frame

I'd also steer clear of Barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells and churchbells.

Maybe just stick to bench squats, preferably performed on your couch, at a cadence of 5-seconds down, the length of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Pumping Iron in the low position and 5-seconds back to the starting position.

  • muscle tear? the labrum isn't a muscle
    – Geore Shg
    Jul 24, 2014 at 4:39
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    So it seems you have stumbled upon the exact reason why getting medical advice over the internet is risky business.
    – user2861
    Jul 24, 2014 at 4:44
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    @GeoreShg - So...the entire sarcasm of the post goes over your head and you focus on a misworded title? Your question is off topic and asking for medical advice. Offering a bounty on a bad question won't help anything.
    – JohnP
    Jul 24, 2014 at 14:42

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