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Need advice for a recently dislocated shoulder
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.
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.