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i ask because i do play soccer, and practice other activities. what happens if i have and accident like this in the future? i got scared when the doctors told me that some of the nerves could have been severed.
I had a complete AC separation of my right shoulder two years ago going at 80km/h. The bump on your shoulder will always be there but it could diminish over the years as the muscles and nerves build up again. Mine has gone down a little. I had doctors orders to rest for at least a month but I was on my bike a week later. To a normal person this might sound completely crazy as I couldnt even lift an apple. In my defence I actually think the riding was good for me as the joint is kept always under compression which probably helps the healing process. I would avoid contact sports (tennis, football, etc) where the shoulder would be strained under tension.
I was fully operational about 3 months after the crash but the pain only really went away about a year later. I thought I could never play tennis or bowling again but I can now. You'll have to wait a year or so for it to be painless.
Whatever you do dont get the operation! Recovery is anything from 6 to 12 months and ultimately it doesnt cure the problem. If anything it could make it worse.
There is a plus side. Once the shoulder ligaments are torn they cant be torn again. I have fallen on the same shoulder 3 times and wow it's so resistant to pain you wont believe it.
Good luck on your recovery. You might need to give up racing for a while but keep the training up!
I was back on the bike in that incident in approx 6 weeks, but I was also younger!
In 2010, A guy hit his brakes in front of me hard in a paceline on a training ride and I hit the deck at 25+mph. Unfortunately, I came to a dead stop and did not slide. As a result, I separated my shoulder again, broke the collarbone and broke my right wrist as well.
This time, the shoulder separation went back in almost immediately without pressure, but the collarbone and wrist kept me off the bike for 8-9 weeks.
My doctor this time set my wrist so that it fits the tops of a brake lever on a road bike very well, but not as well on a MTB.
My shoulder is essentially the same as it has been for the past 17yrs. I still don't do any seriously heavy lifting with it, but racing CX and MTB are not a problem. Did one long distance charity ride this summer of approx 175 miles and my shoulder never gave me any problem.
Work on your range of motion progressively and do exercises that will build up the muscles which hold the shoulder together and you'll be fine. The muscle strength is key because the rest of your shoulder structure is likely stretched out too much to keep everything together.
I ripped all of mine meaning all the bones in the AC joint are now free to go wherever they please (type III). I never did physiotherapy but I always kept my self active and nowadays I think I have a stronger shoulder then I did before the accident. I guess its important to keep your shoulder muscled up to keep the joint in place. It might help prevent http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osteoarthritis in future.
As I mentioned keep on riding and dont worry falling again on the same shoulder. Once the damage is done its done.
I got this from an orthopaedics website:
A shoulder dislocation is an injury that occurs when the top of the arm bone loses contact with the shoulder blade. This injury is often confused with a shoulder separation, but these are two very different injuries! A shoulder separation is an injury to ligament between the shoulder blade and collar bone. It is important to distinguish between these two problems because the issues with management and treatment are different. Read on for more information about:
In my second injury, it was in fact a pure shoulder dislocation in addition to the broken collarbone. However, my first injury was a separation and dislocation, as my collar bone was not broken during the first injury, but was definitely separated in addition to the shoulder dislocation.
Word to the wise, I skimped a bit on rehab when first come back and still had issues. 2 years later I broke my leg and took the time to really attack the shoulder issues while laid up and it's been golden every since (although a bit freakish looking ).
I tore my AC back in '06. No surgery. Was back on the bike in six weeks, but definitely had pain. Used lots of ice packs after riding. Started daily physio with weights, which I continue to this day. Trick is to build up the muscles that have to take over from the ligament to hold the arm/shoulder in place. Compression garment definitely helps. (Though the Assos summer weight base layer or Uno jersey is enough to make a difference.)
For some time I favored the torn shoulder when riding, putting more of my weight on the other side (which would then affect that hand).
It doesn't bother me much anymore. Which is to say: I know it's there, but it no longer hurts or affect my riding.
http://weightweenies.starbike.com/phpBB ... 928#126928
I have not done too much else other than regular activity and lifting in my job and it is now at the point where I don't notice it. We went away before Christmas and I was lifting luggage with either arm and not really noticing much difference. I can finally sleep on my right side and not have pain in the morning. I was also having some issues with tingling fingers as I went through the PT process, likely muscular changes impinging my radial and ulnar nerves but this has largely subsided.
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