Thursday, May 25, 2006

AC Shoulder Separation

So I went to the doc the other day to check out my shoulder that I injured during the bike race in Sunapee, NH. I found out that I have a Grade 3 AC joint separation. See the photo below.


A grade 3 separation is a complete separation of the joint. The acromioclavicular ligament, the coracoclavicular ligaments, and the capsule surrounding the joint are torn. Without any ligament support, the shoulder falls under the weight of the arm and the clavicle is pushed up, causing a bump on the shoulder which was very obvious in my x-rays that I had taken at the doc office. At this point they don't recommend surgery but just rest and some mobility exercises. It has been really painful especially when I try to eat, take a shower, or get dressed. I've been on some pretty good pain killers but should try to get off of them as soon as possible. The doctor said that I have to wear a sling for a few weeks and will not be able to put any weight on that arm for at least a month. This means I will not be riding my bike outside for a while. He did say I can ride the trainer inside as long as I don't put to much force on that shoulder. I also asked him when he thought I could race again and he said probably not till August. I'm really upset and depressed. I worked hard all spring to be in the best shape to do well and now that the season is just getting underway I'm decommissioned. It's really frustrating and I'm really upset about it. I put in months of hard training to just have it all be worth nothing. Hopefully I will recover soon and I will be able to do some late summer/fall races.

I tried taking a picture of my shoulder last night but wasn't very successful. Here is the best one that I was able to get but it's not great. I might try again but it's pretty hard taking a picture of yourself.

6 comments:

scott.moroschan said...

Thanks for the post!!!

My my grade 3 AC separation injury is one week old today.

I am not sure how it exactly happened - Nobody seems to be able to recall the exact details - But, we had a nasty crash during a local triathlon.

Would you be interested in passing on some of your wisdom and advice concerning your rehab? I would be very appreciative!!!

scott.moroschan@btinternet.com

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