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    Shoulder Surgery - When return to cycling?

    Sitting here with the weather wonderful for riding, with a sling on my arm. Just had a bone spur removed, and my shoulder joint cleaned up. Thank God no rotator tear. Just wondering if any of you out there (roadies) have had similar surgery and what effect it had on getting back on the bike.

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    I've had smashed collarbones (crash) and a rotator tear (stoopid showing off in the gym)

    Collarbone was 1 week to wind trainer, 4 weeks back to serious training.

    Rotator was 2 weeks full rest, doctor's advice, but not 100% required. It's not under load or stress during road cycling.

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    I had my shoulders (both) all stirred up after spending 4 days hand and chain sawing downed trees after the edge of a hurricane blew through 8-9mo ago. For a couple of months had a heck of time getting a T shirt on and even dress shirts were misery. Only problem on the bike was reaching back to get something out of a jersey pocket during the entire time. Other than that no problem with the shoulder on the bike. Your shoulders don't do a whole lot except hold you up while riding. Water bottle was a bit of a problem but not as much as reaching the jersey pocket. Steve

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    I was able to get on my rollers with a front fork stand for three time this last week. Ths shoulder felt great. Went for a normal trainig ride and laid the bike down on a left hand 90. Luckily this is the side away from the surgery. Huge bruise on my hip. Looked like I stuck an orange down my shorts - poking out the side from the immediate swelling. Bike is fine, tore up the Speedplay Zero a bit and took a chunk out of my shoe. My wife wants me to go to the doctor as she worries about the huge bruise and the fact that I can't raise my right arm (that had the surgery) - odd since it is away from the crash side.

    So when do you decide to go to the doctor and when do you just suck it up?

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    I had a rotator cuff injury that kept me off a bike for about 3 months. I tried exercise, not surgery, lifting really light weights for a lot of reps. At first biking was impossible -- just too much weight on my arms and shoulders. I found I could ride a hybrid with front suspension way before I was able to ride any other sort of bike -- I guess it dampened the shocks from the potholes and made it possible to get back on the bike. It took well over a year before I could call it completely healed. Now I have to think to remember which shoulder it was anyway.
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    I had shoulder surgery about 2.5 months ago, i started riding on my trainer after about 4 weeks, keeping my arm in the sling most of the time and gingerly weighting it for a couple minutes at a time during the ride. After 6 weeks, once i was released from having to wear my sling i stayed on the trainer for another week or so, but didn't use any type of arm support. After that time i jumped back on the road bike and running. I won't be doing any serious mtn. biking until fall though.

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    Looks like I may have pushed it a little too much too soon.

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