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On 7/26 I was riding some of the trails in a local mountain bike park. Nothing super rad but pretty solid trails. I was taking my newly rebuilt old school (2000 vintage) mountain bike for a shakedown ride. Well .....at the end of the ride I took a spill over the handlebars and landed on my shoulder. I thought I was just bruised up.....8 hours later I went to the ER. Separated shoulder.

The good news is the shoulder specialist ( who is really cool) said I would fully recover. The bad news is its a grade 3 and all three ligaments holding my clavicle to my scapula are toast .... completely torn as well as the joint capsule .....He said over 100% displacement is almost always a surgical case ... Im about 85%.

I've lost a week of riding and probably have a week or more before I can safely ride. Boo how I know but I have a trip to Trip to Tennessee in 5 weeks ..... The good news is the doc says if I can handle the pain I can do whatever I want. I won't make it any worse. My shoulder is gnarly AF tho ....doesn't match the other one and the is a big lump where my clavicle pokes up.

So for now ice and ibuprofen are my best pals and I have a lot of rehab to do. I'm ahead of the curve there thankfully. They were pleased with my mobility and strength.

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I was a professional cyclist for several years. The amount of injuries I sustained during that career is not unsubstantial.

I also suffered a grade 3 shoulder separation and in about a week I was mostly fine and racing again (the doctor said I had better not fall until it had healed as it would be really bad but I was on the national team and needed to earn points). It took a long time for it to be fully pain free but the only times I really had sharp pain was when I using tools like a hex tool and had to tighten something down fairly hard. Yes, years later it still sticks up noticeably but not as obvious as the scar from my pelvic reconstruction.

5 weeks is a long way away. You should be fine.
 

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Oof. Sorry to hear that. I’ll take that as a solid reminder to stay within my skills on the trails tomorrow.

I’ve got to ask- how is the bike?
 

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Oof. Sorry to hear that. I’ll take that as a solid reminder to stay within my skills on the trails tomorrow.

I’ve got to ask- how is the bike?

Ooof is the exact sound I made when I piled into the ground. I should have led off with.... thank god the bike is fine !!!
 

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Ouch! Heal quick & go ride again.
 

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Welcome to the club Shawn.

Coupla years back I was out riding my Specialized Venge Pro minding my own business when an inattentive asshole in a Silver SUV decided to make a left turn in front of me. I locked up the brakes and the bike tail whipped violently,I ended up doing a superman right over the bars. Same thing here Shawn,grade 3AC separation of my left shoulder and the clavicle bone now sticks up.

Took quite a while for the pain to finally subside but the key to recovery is to keep gently stretching the shoulder muscles. Right now the muscles on that side are too short and they need to lengthen to adjust to their new position in your shoulder. Kinda feels like you're wearing a heavy handbag over that shoulder doesn't it? Eventually though the muscles will stretch out and that feeling will go away.

I can tell you the first time I was able to do a chin-up after my shoulder separation it literally felt like my left arm was going to rip right off my body. Felt that same sensation the first time I did cross-overs on my cable crossover machine too.

Not gonna lie to you,it's gonna be painful for awhile but keep steadily chipping away with the rehab and you'll get there. Good Luck dude.
 

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Do the rehab. If you don’t it will never be right. Shoulders take a long time to heal. Be patient.
 

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Do the rehab. If you don’t it will never be right. Shoulders take a long time to heal. Be patient.
I have quite a list of PT exercises to work through. Doing them 3x/day then ice for 20 minutes or so. I can do all the exercises with only medium pain. The PT gal was pretty impressed I looked as good as I did. Thinks I should recover fairly quickly.

The shoulder specialist (orthopedic surgeon) told me I could do whatever I felt up to (aside from falling on it again any time soon) if I could handle the pain. I wouldn't make it worse. He also said I should fully recover so I am pretty hopeful.

I'm also researching a new full suspension mountain bike.
 

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Whoa now hang on just a second there Bill. Us respectable cyclists at least wear a styrofoam cup on our head for protection. :D
I also had a styrofoam protector .... and gloves...thankfully my face and shoulder took the brunt. Also have some gnarly chain ring digs in my shin !! Didn't even feel that.
 

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Also have some gnarly chain ring digs in my shin !! Didn't even feel that.
Yeah I ended up with some pretty nasty road rash on my right leg and broke the little toe on my right foot. Didn't even know that either until I got home from the hospital and took my shoe off,whole toe was swollen up and purpler than a grape.

BTW - How's that Trek build coming along,any luck sourcing those Dura Ace components yet?
 
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