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Old 01-28-2012, 02:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What's up guys and gals!

I'm seeking advice on what a good timeline for a shoulder dislocation is, ie. when's a good time to return to the slopes after the injury. Should I come back anytime this season, come back with a shoulder brace to reinforce the arm or just throw away this season, and come back next year. I'd hate to do the last option, since I only have 1.5 weeks worth of days on my pass for this season, but if it will help me through the rest of my years, I'll have to accept it.

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I dislocated my right shoulder back on Dec. 27th and haven't been up since. I want to start riding again, since snowboarding is what I work on my day job for, but I know for a fact that my shoulder will inevitably get dislocated again on any major fall. The ER doctor told me six weeks recovery, my family doctor said that gradual exercises are OK, and just step it up as I get more comfortable.

As of now, I can swing my right arm above my head and down to my waist, around my left shoulder out to my side, and all around in front without pain. It doesn't have the full range of motion behind me like my left arm does, and I may never regain that backwards reach again, but I'm fine with forward motion. So much so that I went bowling today and did OK, although there was minimal power behind the throws.

Any advice would be very welcome, guys and gals! Please help a fellow rider out.
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Old 01-28-2012, 04:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The first one is the worst one. Your recovery time depends on how much damage was done when you popped it out and also how long it was out for. There is no definate answer to that one.
I have dislocated my shoulder more times than I can remember and it just gets looser and looser the more you do it. On the plus side if there is one is recovery time gets faster the more you do it. For instance I popped mine out 2 days ago snowboarding, I undone my bindings, popped it back in and kept riding, it didnt cost me more than 5 mins of snowboarding time.
The best thing you can do to secure it is to tape it up when you ride or do anything that may put you in the danger zone which is usually arm up and back. I tape from my chest across the top of the arm and around onto my back, this really limits upward movement. I also like tape from my shoulder down my arm in a crossed fashion, this will stop your arm from dropping too far and falling out.
Physio therapy should be your first course of action.Build the muscles up as much as you can but from my experience once they are stretched they never really go back to their original length making future dislocations easier and easier.
My bro had a crash racing his motorbike and really smashed his out of the socket rather that popping it out and he ended up having surgery where they put clips around the socket to give it more of a hold on the arm bone but he has restricted movement now and does complain of pain.
Surgery should be the last option in my opinion and is not something I am considering.
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I'd recommend you get yourself to see someone with a bit more expertise (i.e. a physio or an orthopaedic surgeon). Surgery is likely unnecessary (in my case, it was, but that was after at least 10 dislocations/partial dislocations), but it's best to get an expert opinion before you risk making it worse (which was my mistake).

If you did end up having surgery, you'd be done for the season, but you would definitely be back and good to go by next year. I was out about three weeks before starting physio, and was back at the gym lifting weights freely after 3 months.

In any case, a bit of physiotherapy would likely do it some good.
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OK so the best advice is to rehab the muscles so they lock my shoulders in better when I return to the slopes. Thanks for that, I needed someone to talk me out of returning too soon and re-injuring things. I guess I'll write off this season and just come back better and more cautious next season.

BTW, does any of you wear something to protect from dislocations such as shoulder braces? Or will proper shoulder muscle strength do just as well? Something like this: EVS Sports SB04 Shoulder Brace or any other type of support system?
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just popped mine last week for the first time...and again 2 days ago...firt time i popped it back easily...second , had to go to the er...the dr said once you pop the joint out, the capsule that holds it in place is torn and cant repair itself...making it easier and easier to pop...only surgery can repair the torn capsule...im thinking of buying a shoulder brace and just keep on riding.
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To put it back in have someone pull down on your arm (holding your wrist) and wait till you relax the muscles. It will pop straight back in.
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OK so the best advice is to rehab the muscles so they lock my shoulders in better when I return to the slopes. Thanks for that, I needed someone to talk me out of returning too soon and re-injuring things. I guess I'll write off this season and just come back better and more cautious next season.

BTW, does any of you wear something to protect from dislocations such as shoulder braces? Or will proper shoulder muscle strength do just as well? Something like this: EVS Sports SB04 Shoulder Brace or any other type of support system?
Tape dude. Its better than any brace.
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Did you buy pass insurance?
what mountain is your seasons pass too?

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Did you buy pass insurance?
what mountain is your seasons pass too?

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I use a Cypress Mountain Silver Pass. I bought it on the early bird sale they have on the end of last season so I can't remember if I got pass insurance or not. In any case I got the green light to return from a physiotherapist anyway, so I may get some use for it after all.

I did end up getting a shoulder brace though, and I'll see how that does. I've already fallen on the shoulder while skateboarding without it popping out so that's a good sign.
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hey jello24, where did you get the brace from?...i cant seem to find any in van.
Thanks!
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