Re: AC Joint separation - recovery time
On 9/29, I crashed racing downhill at about 25 mph. seperated ac joint (grade II or probaly III) and broke the neck of my femur (generally called a broken hip -- screwed together now with 2 compression screws).
for the first 4 weeks, on doctors orders, i did nothing for either injury other than letting it heal. (because of the broken hip, I was really a couch potato and watched the muscles just melt away)
then I started PT for 6 weeks. when that stopped, I got back into the gym and that is when the recovery really started.
shoulder is now still sore and muscle strength at about 80%. flexibility also is about 80-90% which is what i am really working on. I can't imagine you being ready for a hard race in 6 weeks, but alot depends on how fast the muscles around the shoulder heal up. (if the bruises were any indication, every muscle from my chest up tore from the separation).
the good news was that all the bike needed was to have the seat and handlebars realligned and the wheels trued. its ready for me as soon as the weather warms up and the snow melts.
best advice is listen to your doctor and therapist, and then push the therapy as hard as you can. also, get off the drugs -- I dealt with the pain better than the side effects. good luck.
Originally Posted by MidBunchLurker
Managed to avoid being killed by a blind motorist this morning, but my effective panic-braking technique saw me go flying over the handlebars and landing on my shoulder and head.
The doc says I have either grade II or III AC joint separation in my right shoulder, which we'll have confirmed in 3 days when I visit the orthopaedic surgeon. It is very sore (thank god for drugs!) and my right arm is completely unusable at the moment. My arm is in a sling at the moment.
Some web research reveals that recovery could be from 4-12 weeks, depending on how bad it is (and assuming it doesn't require surgery, which doesn't seem to be a common option). Unfortunately I'm entered in an 8-day MTB stage race that starts in 6 weeks. I'm sure I'll be able to keep the legs strong on the turbo trainer, but I'm worrried about the strength and stability of my shoulder in 6 weeks time. (and of course the chance of reinjuring myself should I fall again - that's a risk I'm prepared to take though).
Anyone have some experience with this injury they'd care to share?