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  1. #1
    Motherhucker
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    Dislocated shoulder

    Or as I call it the end of the world.

    I did it september, and now its almost january and I havent so much as sat on my bike, I've done physical therapy and various streches and excersies (Spelling?) and the doctor still says I need to stay off my bike.
    Is he a quack? I'm going crazy off my bike.

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    He's a quack.
    I've dislocated both shoulders mountain biking. Badly. Surgery on both. 4 staples placed in the right one last November arthroscopically. 3 put in the left one this past November. The key is to go to a sports specialist. Mine is the team surgeon for a pro hockey team. Text book rehab has you off the bike for 4 - 6 months. I went to him because he bases recovery time on conversations he and I had - not some book. He paced my rehab on a combination of how quickly I responded to the surgery and then how I responded to the rehab. He listened to me. Last year he let me ride the road bike after 4 weeks and he let me back on the single track at week 12. This year I progressed better. On the road bike at week 3 and on pace for the mountain bike at week 8. My shoulders feel great. Better then ever.
    My 2 cents is they are your shoulders. If the doctor doesn't listen to you - really listen to you - find a specialist who will. Sports medicine has progressed way past the standard text book.

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    So check into a sports therapist? Because my docter (And my mom) are nuts. I've been using my shoulder very heavily the last few weeks (Moving huge appliances, moving in general) and I've had very little pain or discomfort.

    I'll bring this up, thanks man.

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    That's a complicated question you ask & dependent on a lot of variables.

    Generally speaking, if you are pain free then riding should be OK.

    But know that once dislocated, you will always be at higher risk to re-dislocate. Strengthening up the rotator cuff & other shoulder muscles are key to preventing re-dislocation and that program must be maintained.

    Surgery for shoulder dislocations is somewhat controversial and dependent both on your symptoms and your surgeon's preference. Surgery is usually performed due to continued pain, popping, or grinding and not to prevent re-dislocation.
    “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

    ― Albert Einstein

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    Like Squeaky said once your shoulders come out of the socket once the likelihood that it will happen again are greater. Since the first time mine popped out of the socket its happen two more times and several times it has slighty dislocated before slipping back in on its own. Just swinging a baseball bat wrong has cause it to come partial out of the socket before popping back in. And like Squeaky said strengthening the region is advise, which I don't do and you see what happens. I think I need to get some gaint rubber bands and start working out.

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