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    Came off the bike last night, helmet saved me

    It happens so quickly.....

    One second l am riding a technical descent, not going fast.
    The next second the bike is up on one side of the path, and l am lying on my side in a rocky gully half full of muddy water.

    It happened so fast l did not even put out my arm to brace myself, which is a good thing as it would have probably got broken.

    But it meant l went down hard on my right side. My head hit a rock and my helmet did it's job in saving me from injury. But my shoulder took the main impact

    Various cuts and bruises etc as to be expected. Fortunately we were only ten minutes from the end of the ride, and home.

    I went to hospital and nothing is broken, but l will be off the bike for a while.

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    Sorry to hear, but glad you're all in one piece.
    Been there, done that.

    Hope you'll be again on a bike soon!

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    Came off the bike last night, helmet saved me

    Glad you're okay.

    One of my first 'real' rides I took a fall and stuck my right arm out...

    Didn't break or dislocate anything but was super soar for a while!

    Rest and recover!

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    Thanks for the replies..

    The crash shook me up a bit, but l may have had mild concussion as well.

    Anyway, l went out on the bike last night, on a road ride, which was fine, but the off road will have to
    wait a week or two for my shoulder to get better.

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    Glad you walked out of that one so well! Now you wait for the rotator cuff injury to set in
    Keep the rubber side down

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    What's that, a side effect of the shoulder injury?

    By hitting my shoulder hard on the ground, what did l do to it? And how long before it stops hurting in certain movements?

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    Shoulder injuries are sneaky and linger for a long time. I'm sure you'll be okay as long as you don't have weakness but I've wreaked both shoulders over the years even with the use of pads. It's frustrating that you can pad up but you can't protect your joints!
    Keep the rubber side down

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    it can take a long time depending on the severity. If you have full movement but pain, take alleve and take it easy for a week. Then start doing light weights or resistive band exercises every other day for 2-4 weeks, don't push it. you may have a small tear and you don't want to make it worse.

    If you don't have full movement and light movements are extremely painful, go see an ortho and get an MRI, you don't want a major tear to go untreated.

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