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Old 01-17-06, 10:46 PM   #1
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Ack my arm

Riding to class today down 2nd ave, I was waiting at a red light, doing tight circles to avoid putting a foot down. Well, I must have tugged a little too tightly on the handlebar, cause next thing I know, I had no control of my right arm and I began to fall over. I couldn't really do anything about it, luckily traffic was quite some distance behind me. I disentagled myself and dragged myself to the sidewalk, where I popped my shoulder back in. Still not exactly sure what happened. I have a little soreness in my arm, but full range of movement. Anything like this ever happen to anyone else? I'm going to talk to a doctor about this, but do y'all think I need any urgent care?

Now for the bad news. Somehow I bent my front rim quite badly. I guess I'll try and have it trued tomorrow. If they can't beat it back into shape, who's got the best deal on decent (not blingy or anything) front wheels in nyc?
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Old 01-17-06, 11:40 PM   #2
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sounds like you dislocated your shoulder, a la riggs from 'lethal weapon'
now you just have to work on turning it into a party trick.
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Old 01-17-06, 11:51 PM   #3
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Harsh! I did a mean stress fracture in my forearm off-roading...freeriding an XC bike and lifting the front wheel for hours.

Sounds a posture\angle issue. It happens, my body is slowly building the skills and muscle mass to prevent the same injury I developed. 6 months of slow work.
I still can't weight lift.
I'd be nice to your shoulder for a while -look into increasing the mobility and strength in the muscle groups around the structure (shoulder).

Be careful dude!
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Old 01-17-06, 11:54 PM   #4
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sounds like you've dislocated it as well. if you were able to pop it in yourself, mad props because its a horrificly painful ordeal. could have been a different type of dislocation than happened to myself.

a little advice - rehab! doesnt have to be at a hospital, but i would MOST DEFINITELY get it looked at, and as soon as possible start doing some rehabilitation exercises. now that you've dislocated it chances are it WILL happen again. it's happened to me about 5 times since i first did it, so beware of situations in which your arm is in the same position as it was when it popped out.

hope you're not too sore, and glad traffic wasnt worse.

can't help ya with the wheel though, i'm in sunny CA
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from someone who's dislocated his shoulder 4 times, i really suggest you see a doctor and let it heal up properly with a sling before putting more stress on it (especially if this is your first time). otherwise, you're susceptible to having it dislocate very easily in the future. i ended up having to pay 30k for corrective surgery. not fun.
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Old 01-18-06, 12:16 AM   #6
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sounds like you dislocated your shoulder, a la riggs from 'lethal weapon'
now you just have to work on turning it into a party trick.
that's funny, my name's riggs (sort of)

thanks for the advice guys. guess i'll have to get it looked at. dunno what i'll do if they tell me i can't ride. probably ignore them. (oh yeah, not only did i apparently pop my own dislocated shoulder back in, i also rode the remaining three miles to class, until i got a flat and was forced to run.)

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from someone who's dislocated his shoulder 4 times, i really suggest you see a doctor and let it heal up properly with a sling before putting more stress on it (especially if this is your first time). otherwise, you're susceptible to having it dislocate very easily in the future. i ended up having to pay 30k for corrective surgery. not fun.
I strongly concur. I dislocatd my knee when I was 15 and never let it heal right or gave it time off. Now I can dislocate it pretty easily....still hurts but not early as much-mostly just sucks for knee stability.
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Old 01-18-06, 07:35 AM   #8
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welp, now it hurts like a motherlover, so i guess it's off to the doctor with me.
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What size rim is it? I have an extra black Mavic A319 700c rim thats 23mm wide that has a slight 1/4" wobble in it when you take all the spokes off. I replaced it with a stronger 719 for my commuter in the rear wheel so the 319's been lying around my room for the past year. Yours if you come pick it up.
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I have terrible shoulder instability in both shoulders. Ever since I was a kid I was able to pop my right one in and out a bit at will, but right around 17 when I seriously got into observed trials riding I managed to injure them a few times. I've dislocated both of them multiple times, and have always put them back in myself. That part isn't painful to me, no matter how many times people assure me that it is. Its actually quite a relief, and brings on muscle soreness rather than the spacey arm feeling of having it out of the socket. But anyway... Do what everyone here has said and take it easy. It'll probably get really, really sore in the next day or so and will be much easier to repeat. Shoulder injuries suck - I'm thinking about the knife for mine.

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Old 01-19-06, 09:20 AM   #11
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everyone: avoid st. vincents on 7th ave south. they are ineffecient and inattentive. i spent several hours there being overlooked because i hadn't been registered.

good news, no broken bones, soreness is going down, and hal at bicycle habitat just called to let me know that he managed to "fix my wheel pretty respectable-like."

all the kids at habitat last night thought it couldn't be done. i'm so excited to see it.

thanks for the advice. special yo what up to slvoid, for your very generous offer.
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F*ck arms.
Arms are for wussies.
Who needs em'....
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Old 01-19-06, 09:49 AM   #13
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everyone: avoid st. vincents on 7th ave south. they are ineffecient and inattentive. i spent several hours there being overlooked because i hadn't been registered.
they may all be like that. when i went to methodist in brooklyn i was there about 4 hours total. they can be really slow sometimes... glad you're okay though for the most part.
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the problem wasn't the wait, per se. the problem was the wait that was caused by incompetence, not overcrowding
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so you dislocated your shoulder after you went down? Your arm just flipped out on you? ...or was it the bike?

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Each and every time that I take a spill on my bike I dislocate my right arm. When I start to go down I put a death grip on the bars and somehow end up popping my arm out. It usually goes right back in, but it usually hurts for a few weeks.
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so you dislocated your shoulder after you went down? Your arm just flipped out on you? ...or was it the bike?

it was totally the bike. good connection.
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I waited like 3 hours from 7pm to 11pm to get treated at maimonidies right down the block from where i live with a hole in my arm when i went down. It was hot, no air conditioning, sucked.

Check the wheel if it still wobbles, my offer still stands, just drop me a line.

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everyone: avoid st. vincents on 7th ave south. they are ineffecient and inattentive. i spent several hours there being overlooked because i hadn't been registered.

good news, no broken bones, soreness is going down, and hal at bicycle habitat just called to let me know that he managed to "fix my wheel pretty respectable-like."

all the kids at habitat last night thought it couldn't be done. i'm so excited to see it.

thanks for the advice. special yo what up to slvoid, for your very generous offer.
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