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Old 09-09-13, 09:55 AM
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new from Georgia

Morning folks,
I am a 56 year old school teacher of English and History and a cross country and track coach by profession. I was in pretty decent shape until a year ago- plantar fascitis, ankle and shoulder pains have made me look for other fitness routes. I have a Specialized Comp bike I use for the road, a simple and old K-2 MTB, and just bought a new lower level Giant Escape. I am hoping to motivate myself to start commuting the 12 miles one way to school each morning on the Escape.
Question- I need to have shoulder surgery for a meniscus or possible rotator cuff injury. How long will it realistically be before I can get out on the bike....leaning on the bars etc..? Any ideas?
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Old 09-09-13, 11:30 AM
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Hey fctm,

Welcome to Bike Forums.

We each heal at a different rate according to how much damage was done.

Big mistake to come back early.

Take your time and heal up before you jump back on your bike.
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Welcome to BF and good luck with the shoulder job! On the "how long" question-- there's no way to even make a meaningful guess on that. You'll learn how it'll end up going on a day by day basis after you come back out from under the anesthesia. What your PT ends up saying to you about that question will be the most important indication. I've had 2 shoulder jobs (1=scope & 1=open), a THR and half a dozen knee scope jobs and I'd offer one suggestion for your consideration -- don't rush it. Follow the PT's instructions and stay inside the guidelines and limitations the PT indicates. If you do rush it and go off the res, the odds are you'll end up sorry you did and paying for having done so as well.
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