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Old 01-22-2011, 09:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I fall a lot and have been real lucky many times...not so much today. 15' kicker that I've been repeatedly hitting the knuckle on had me convinced that I just needed more speed. Well, I gave it plenty of speed today...but forgot to stay vertical. Eyewitness accounts say that somehow I managed to go horizontal in the air (yeah...parallel to the ground...no, not on purpose). Well I cleared the knuckle this time and landed on my shoulder. My collar bone is no longer connected to my shoulder joint (but my wristwatch is still connected to the red thing!) and doc says the ligament appears to have been misplaced. Various other aches and pains, but helmet kept my eggs from getting scrambled. Now recovery....meh. And it had been such an awesome day up to that point! I am having fun, though, saying, "Hump? What hump?"
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Old 01-22-2011, 09:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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damn, something similar but not as gnarly happened to me 2 weeks ago...same deal with hitting something too fast and somehow getting horizontal....so whack, I still gotta go get an MRI and see if anything bad happened, doesn't seem to be too bad tho...

good luck with the recovery, get that physical therapy in
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Old 01-22-2011, 11:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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hey guys, i feel your pain. i separated my ac two weeks ago...grade 3 separation. was doing a 180, nose caught on landing and swung right shoulder into the ground. no surgery required, but yeah, i got the "hump" as well.
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hey guys, i feel your pain. i separated my ac two weeks ago...grade 3 separation. was doing a 180, nose caught on landing and swung right shoulder into the ground. no surgery required, but yeah, i got the "hump" as well.
So it's been two weeks, how's your recovery going? I suffered a slight separation on 1/5 after hitting a small jump, landing on my toes and drifting into a handrail support. I swore I either broke my clavicle/shoulder or torn my rotator cuff. Luckily it was just a mild separation. I recovered sufficiently to head back out two weeks later. I was out yesturday and after a great day, good conditions, bindings finally dialed in and very few minor falls, I got sloppy and tried to get on an arched box from a bad angle, got launched and landed on the same lead/sore shoulder. This time I knew for sure that I broke my clavicle or shoulder. I was wrong again. I simply further separated my already separated shoulder. I'm wondering how long it will be before I can get back out, with the way it feels today I think it's going to be a while.

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I'm recovering ok...not too much pain (been about 18 days). i can push most of my body weight on the one arm when getting up from a chair. the "bump" is a bit less noticeable, but yeah, i'll be the imperfection forever. i probably need to do a little PT, but I think i can get back on groomers in a 2-4 weeks...if i fall, i'll just be screwed.
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I'm recovering ok...not too much pain (been about 18 days). i can push most of my body weight on the one arm when getting up from a chair. the "bump" is a bit less noticeable, but yeah, i'll be the imperfection forever. i probably need to do a little PT, but I think i can get back on groomers in a 2-4 weeks...if i fall, i'll just be screwed.
Yeah, that long huh? So you're saying the bump will not completely subside. If that's the case that really sucks. My shoulders now look totally different from one another. Have you tried taking glucosamine with chondroitin? They say that's good for the joints. I might try some acupuncture as well as p/t.
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The bump will go down. I separated my A/C joint 20 years ago...and the hump was completely gone by the time I did it again.
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I separated my AC joint Dec 2009. My "step-down or bump" is still here and I still can't bench press the same weight as before without incredible pain. I finished physio last year in Novembe. I'd definitely do physio early, and pick yourself up an AC protector
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Old 01-27-2011, 07:48 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Finally got to the orthopedist today. The good news: surgery on the A/C is elective and can be put off for years until it actually starts causing problems, which may never happen. The bad news: may also have torn the ligament in my hip. AND IT KEEPS F@%&ING SNOWING!!!
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I fall a lot and have been real lucky many times...not so much today. 15' kicker that I've been repeatedly hitting the knuckle on had me convinced that I just needed more speed. Well, I gave it plenty of speed today...but forgot to stay vertical. Eyewitness accounts say that somehow I managed to go horizontal in the air (yeah...parallel to the ground...no, not on purpose). Well I cleared the knuckle this time and landed on my shoulder. My collar bone is no longer connected to my shoulder joint (but my wristwatch is still connected to the red thing!) and doc says the ligament appears to have been misplaced. Various other aches and pains, but helmet kept my eggs from getting scrambled. Now recovery....meh. And it had been such an awesome day up to that point! I am having fun, though, saying, "Hump? What hump?"
Love the Dr. Nick reference! I was much more fortunate than you. Last time I did that (at Stowe) I landed square on my lower back and ended up with bad spasms but otherwise no worse for wear. That was also the last day I rode without a helmet. Hope you have a speedy recovery and are back on the hill catching freshies in no time...
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