Grade III here.I was back on the road bike 3 weeks, mountain bike week four. I'm on week 9 now. Still sore at times, hurts if I pull up hard for a rock or jump. Drop off and small bumps are fine. Doc says do what ever I want within my pain threshold. Just do not fall on it. (have clipped a few trees OUCH). all in all. I only used the sling for the first week and only a few hours at a time. No pain killers, just IB prof. Based on other reviews I forced myself to keep it moving and deal with the pain early, that way I did not loose much ROM. Still cant sleep on that side and it will still hurt at random times, but pain is what you make of it. I like riding my bike more. Best of luck on speedy recovery
Originally Posted by SikeMo
It's amazing how much orthopedic recommendations vary in these scenarios. I was told 6-8 week recovery and don't lift anything over 5 pounds for the first 4 weeks. I wouldn't even think of getting on a bike at this point.
My experience was very similar to the posts after my G3 separation in March 2015. I had good ROM after week 1 and was able to do pull ups/pushups, paddling, etc. by week 8 trying to get back to normal ASAP. I decided on surgery in late May because the annoying pain from the clavicle digging into my shoulder on every paddle stroke and instability when duck diving large waves.
That is when things went south. I got staph in my shoulder and spent 3 months trying to kill it in order to salvage the surgery that ultimately failed. So, not only did I lose the CC/AC joint repairs, I had much more scar tissue and muscle loss particularly in my deltoid area that was concave (i.e. a divot) by September. My right shoulder (deltoid, trap, etc.) was a shrunken mess from its pre injury form.
What helped me recover was getting a PT that was hands on: pulling, twisting, deep tissue messaging, etc. all the muscles, bones, ligaments, etc. in my shoulder area for 50 minutes followed by 10 minutes of heat therapy and a brief review on new home exercises. Some of these sessions were very painful but I could feel the improvement the next day. She warned against doing anything strenuous until the shoulder mechanics were fixed in order to avoid further injury to another area particularly the rotator cuff. I started PT in September, went once a week and was at full strength by December 2015: paddling, running, biking, weight lifting, etc.
Now a year later, I am stronger than I was before the injury. I continue to lift weights because it feels good in the shoulder. I hadnít been on a bench press in over 20 yrs but now go a couple times a week. I still have stiffness from the scar tissue and I donít think this will ever go away although my PT said it takes about 2-3 years to eliminate. The bump is barely noticeable and both shoulders are nearly identical.
I highly recommend getting a PT that knows what they are doing. Donít waste money on these PT shops that want to sign you up for several months so you can waste your time and money doing exercises in their shop that can be done at home. You absolutely need the hands on PT if you want to accelerate the healing process in your shoulder.
Thanks for that. Just had my first PT session today and it was as you described, with the addition of electrical stimulation. I will be going twice a week for six weeks. They've given me several ROM exercises to start with but said to lay off as soon as I feel any pain. Fortunately my insurance covers it.
I dislocated,separated and tore my labrum in my shoulder 6 weeks ago in a crash. I am now 2 weeks post surgery and went to pt twice. I was going to ask other cyclists how long they waited with similar injury but there is obviously a wide range previously given for other injuries. But how much pain is everyone dealing with once back on the bike? And I'm guessing the torn labrum with the separation is why I feel I'm so much further behind then everyone else because I'll be in a sling for 2 more weeks. Thanks for any insight and everyone heal up!
Broke mine 3 weeks ago. Broke at the end collarbone so not enough to for a screw to get any purchase. Have just started physio, it's dam sore.
I'm not able to drive so can't work, I'm bored sat at home..
Just wan't to know how long will it be before I can get back on my bike, bearing in mind winter is on it's way. Which usually means wet and muddy in the UK. I'm kinda leaning to heading to the gym once the doctor gives the go-ahead and leaving getting back on the bike in spring as I'm worried about breaking it again.
I know I have to get back on at some point..
Tomorrow is 8 weeks since my AC separation. I'm doing PT and only issue I had was they think my pectoral muscle was damaged when I fell. I have 2 weeks home rehab and go back to get it checked to see that its improving. As long as it is I'm done with having to go to PT and can do normal stuff at home. My goal was to ride park before the end of the year. Planning on riding the 30th which is the last day before they close for the season.
As far as riding goes I'm trail riding now. Wednesday I did a few hops over logs with no issue. It felt pretty odd at first but it got better fast.
This time next month and it'll be 1 year since my grade 3...
Shoulder still clunks when I do press ups, unless I splay hands out to the side and take a slightly wider stance.
Shoulder doesn't affect my riding/confidence.
The confidence thing took 5-6 months, maybe...
I've since taken the odd tumble on same shoulder and it's held up.
I am still conscious when in similar riding situations that caused the original injury.
My Brain won't easily forget the events that occurred 11 months ago.
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Just did this and hope it will not be affecting my bike set up.
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It's been 5 weeks now since my accident. I returned to work Thursday, as my mental health was starting to wane :rolleyes:. I have been having physio for the last 2 weeks and have to return to the fracture clinic this coming Wednesday. I'm still in pain and by the end of the day it is unbearable.
The way I feel at the moment, It'll be a while before I'm back on my bike. Those of you who didn't have surgery how long was it before you were able to do some sort of exercise?
That one kinda looks like it should need surgery just saying you might want another opinion. My break is a 50/50 chance for surgery if it stays together.
Originally Posted by abrooks
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Mine was between a grade 2 and 3. 3 weeks and I was 80. 5 weeks all Ok.
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