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Post by Mosel Bikes » Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:31 am

fell down a 2 meter embankment yesterday,whilst walking dogs, onto a road, ambulance, hospital, completely severed both ligaments connecting the shoulder bone to the collar bone. have surgery on wednesday and a couple of nights stay over .
can't use left arm at all and very painful.
anyone knowledgeable or experienced know how long i'll be out of commission in biking terms.
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Post by Stewie » Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:43 am

Oh no, have no idea how long it takes, but hope you heel up quick, (thumbs)

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Post by bill_qaz » Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:51 am

I feel for you :ohmy: I did similar sat stationary on trail bike and lost footing on wet grass down bank onto track and landed on shoulder. Mine were torn and one bone on top of other but did not need surgery. Pushed into place and strapped. Probably not what you want to hear but lots of Physio and about six months before trail riding again :( although road riding a bit sooner bumps and braking the most painful.
Good luck with the recovery keep it moving as much as possible

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Post by jim-500 » Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:51 am

Bad news, that sucks!

All the best with it! (thumbs) Take it slow, It's 2.5 years since I damaged my shoulder and 18months since I had shoulder surgery and I still have pain if I sleep on it wrong, ride the bike without warming up etc. But I'm fairly sure that's because I did too much too soon - much better to listen to the physio and rest an extra few weeks than try to get back to work/play and end up with it sore years down the line. All surgeries are different - but it took at least 5 months for mine to really feel ok riding the bike off-road.

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Post by 92kk k100lt 193214 » Wed Apr 05, 2017 10:28 am

Not sure you will be back on it this summer.

The hard part is the physio. In basic terms muscles and ligaments work with each other. You have to be very careful because muscles weaken extremely quickly from lack of use when you are out of action and it becomes easy to do further ligament damage. Ligaments take their time and if you become impatient you can end up back at zero in a moment. In more normal breaks ligaments survive and you just have to deal with weakened muscles through lack of use and you can use intense physio. But not for ligaments.

Also learn how to fall and roll if you do trip, rather than using the shoulder and arms. It has saved me a few times.

Having been to a bike buddy yesterday.....a Yamaha Serow sitting in his driveway looks just like what you need to get back on them early, not much weight.

Mine got damaged 2 1/2 years ago and it's not right and won't be. However a complete re-evaluation on how I do things has been enormous help. I learnt to use body weight for moving things but at home the garden is now almost all put to grass, can't lift heavy things down from a height, can't pull things but again using body weight works a bit, can't swim at all as the rotation function is wrecked [you use the same rotation function to dress too, try putting on T shirt or vest], car driving wrecks me but bike riding is much easier on me.

My advice is use the summer to do some bike maintenance and home stuff and concentrate on physio like your life depends on it.

Not trying to be negative, been there with a very serious accident years back and a sadistic physio friend really helped me over it. Lets just say the physio was worth it.
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Post by cowling » Wed Apr 05, 2017 10:36 am

Bloody hell Mike, your always in the wars, I've done ligaments in both knees on the trials bikes, the buggers take longer to heal than a break, especially pain wise, about 6 to 8 weeks before I got back on the trials bike. Also done my shoulder one bank holiday Monday, long story, ended up with one bone on the top of the other, it's still like that now, and ligament damage, I was off work 2 months with that. Sorry not what you really wanted to hear, but there it is. Hope all goes well and you make a speedy recovery.

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Post by johnnyboxer » Wed Apr 05, 2017 10:46 am


Sorry to hear that, I did it 20 years ago, to my shoulder whilst trailriding in the Picos

Took at least 6 months to heal and ride a bike (luckily it was winter) and not fully fit for a year, took ages

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Post by 600+ » Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:11 am

Sorry to hear of this!

I've got my left thumb in a cast and had surgery 2 weeks ago. Torn ligament as well on the bike.

While completely different body part I would strongly recommend seeing someone who is clued up on sport injuries - both surgeon and physio! They will be best experienced to get you back up and running asap.

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Post by Simon_100 » Wed Apr 05, 2017 12:23 pm

Ask Spud, aka Redmurty, he's amazing!

What about the dogs - your's need a heck of a lot of walking!


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Post by gspod » Wed Apr 05, 2017 1:42 pm

Sorry for your trouble - hope you recover soon.

Can you be more specific with your diagnosis. Check which particular ligaments attaching which particular bones. You can ask your GP for the x-ray results - just write down the wording. The shoulder is a complex joint and recovery time from the various injuries can differ quite a lot - also surgery is not always necessary or desirable for different reasons.

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