It's official, I've banged & battered myself, I'm a real mtber now. Last week I got a little cocky coming around a turn on a downhill section, and when I realized it was way too fast & I was about to head over the edge I locked up my rear brake & the bike slipped out from under me so I laid it down. Didn't hurt at all at the time, I hopped back on clipped back in & rode another 5 miles or so with no pain...but when I got back to the parking lot lifting the bike over my head to toss it in the rack made me yelp like a dog getting kicked. Gave it a few days to recover & each day I lost more & more range of motion & it hurts more & more...so finally I caved in & went to the orthopedist to figure out what I did.
Good news is after x-rays & a good thorough exam he confirmed I didn't tear my rotator cuff or break anything...just a nasty sprain. He says he sees it a lot in mountain bikers who hit the ground & linebackers who hit the other team. Drop your shoulder into enough things & eventually it hurts...go figure. Even better news is he says I can do anything that doesn't hurt too bad so if I give it another couple days to where I can comfortably hold the handlebars I can get back out & ride!
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