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Those of you who've had a Stage 1 AC injury (separation), help needed.

Old 07-07-08, 10:23 AM
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Those of you who've had a Stage 1 AC injury (separation), help needed.

I fell Saturday, possible Stage 1 AC injury (waiting on radiologists opinion, saw MD this AM.), doesn't seem any higher, if 1.

I'd appreciate info regarding your experiences with this injury.

What was your recovery period? How long before riding again?

Unless something jumps out of the woodwork (no broken clavicle, been there, done that, image is clean in that regard), it looks like soft tissue damage. Some pain in elevating arm, swings back okay, can sleep reasonable comfortably on that shoulder, some pain to initial touch at AC joint, goes away with slight pressure. No pain with arm in lower position.

Did you do the tape thing with two strips of tape?

It happened 29 miles into 64, I rested for a bit and then finished. No discomfort as I type this.

I'll start stationary riding today or tomorrow (doc is okay with that), but was curious as to how long other folks were advised to remain off the bike.

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I've separated my shoulder 4 times over the last 28 years (2 on each side) with the last time being this spring.

It sounds like yours is not as bad as any of mine if you can lay on that side already.

Basically, the real problem you have is in bike handling. I mean after you get back riding there will be little things that can get you. Things you normally take for granted like reaching for a water bottle of taking a hand off the bars to wave to somebody, that sort of stuff. This spring it was braking on a downhill that really got me.

Personally, I never taped the shoulder. I had to wear a sling once when I fully dislocated my right shoulder, but like I said it sounds like you aren't that bad off.

I was off the bike for 3 weeks this spring, but I also broke a couple ribs in my crash, and it was the ribs that kept me off the bike.

I always started riding again when I could reasonably expect to handle the bike safely, and then I took it easy and didn't take any chances. The last thing you need is to lay the bike down while you have a banged up shoulder.

but you probably won't be out too long. I would try and go for some nice easy spinning in a safe area where you won't get into any tight situations as soon as you feel up to it.

But ask your doctor since you are going to see someone about it. I only went to a doctor for 1 out of the 4 since there really isn't much they can do for you. This is one of those things that's really just got to have some time to heal.

so good luck and heal fast!
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That was basically the advice I got, wait for the X-ray guy to confirm but wait until maneuvers can be performed without hesitation or risk and then go ahead. Actually, there was very little discomfort riding on the bar tops and hoods, didn't try drops, after the fall. So, again pending radiology, I think it's pretty minor this time. Hope you're doing okay and thanks for the reply,

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I've separated my shoulder 4 times over the last 28 years (2 on each side) with the last time being this spring.

It sounds like yours is not as bad as any of mine if you can lay on that side already.

Basically, the real problem you have is in bike handling. I mean after you get back riding there will be little things that can get you. Things you normally take for granted like reaching for a water bottle of taking a hand off the bars to wave to somebody, that sort of stuff. This spring it was braking on a downhill that really got me.

Personally, I never taped the shoulder. I had to wear a sling once when I fully dislocated my right shoulder, but like I said it sounds like you aren't that bad off.

I was off the bike for 3 weeks this spring, but I also broke a couple ribs in my crash, and it was the ribs that kept me off the bike.

I always started riding again when I could reasonably expect to handle the bike safely, and then I took it easy and didn't take any chances. The last thing you need is to lay the bike down while you have a banged up shoulder.

but you probably won't be out too long. I would try and go for some nice easy spinning in a safe area where you won't get into any tight situations as soon as you feel up to it.

But ask your doctor since you are going to see someone about it. I only went to a doctor for 1 out of the 4 since there really isn't much they can do for you. This is one of those things that's really just got to have some time to heal.

so good luck and heal fast!
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I injured my right one lifting in the gym. Didn't warm up, went heavy, then tweaked it a bit. Had almost no inflammation, grade 1. You should be able to ride again as soon as the pain allows your to, just keep as much weight as possible off of that hand. I would just stay away from lifting heavy weights and repetitive motion like golf or tennis.

I got a cortizone shot, took a 3 week couse of alflutop injections, and took joint supplements for 2 months along with 6 weeks of rehab. It took over a year to heal 100% back to normal, but within a couple of months I was going strong and could do most normal things.
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thanks, Bill, I'm basically 100% again.

just be careful the first few times back out. I found that there were a few places that I didn't really think of as tricky that actually gave me some problems when I didn't have my normal strength or range of motion.

I think we tend to take for granted how much we really use our shoulders to handle our bikes, so I had a couple surprises.

Like I said earlier, braking on a downhill I never thought of as a big deal, but this spring I just couldn't do it. I had no strength in the front of my shoulder at all.

So be careful and try and pick out a place that is overly safe for your maiden voyage until you know what you can and can't expect to do.
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I injured my right one lifting in the gym. Didn't warm up, went heavy, then tweaked it a bit. Had almost no inflammation, grade 1. You should be able to ride again as soon as the pain allows your to, just keep as much weight as possible off of that hand. I would just stay away from lifting heavy weights and repetitive motion like golf or tennis.

I got a cortizone shot, took a 3 week couse of alflutop injections, and took joint supplements for 2 months along with 6 weeks of rehab. It took over a year to heal 100% back to normal, but within a couple of months I was going strong and could do most normal things.
That's encouraging and bit sobering, it didn't take a year to get over a clavicle fracture. We'll see how things go.

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Many routes here are flat, flat, flat (did I say they're flat?). That's good advice. Interestingly, hard braking was the first thing that caused discomfort last year after a broken clavicle healed (8 weeks off bike). I'll watch that.

Originally Posted by veloGeezer View Post
thanks, Bill, I'm basically 100% again.

just be careful the first few times back out. I found that there were a few places that I didn't really think of as tricky that actually gave me some problems when I didn't have my normal strength or range of motion.

I think we tend to take for granted how much we really use our shoulders to handle our bikes, so I had a couple surprises.

Like I said earlier, braking on a downhill I never thought of as a big deal, but this spring I just couldn't do it. I had no strength in the front of my shoulder at all.

So be careful and try and pick out a place that is overly safe for your maiden voyage until you know what you can and can't expect to do.
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