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Boobs McGee
05-05-2009, 09:50 PM
OKAY, I normally LOVE to paint vivid pictures with my prose, but unfortunately, it hurts to keep my arm in the "typing" position, so here's the short version.

Last wednesday, I was playing softball. On first, ball was hit, I took off, second base caught it so I immediately turned around and dove for first. Diving in softball is not the norm for me, but it was the championship game. Anywho, my arm was extended and locked, and I jammed it into the base, immediately dislocating the shoulder. Off to the e.r. (the nurse at our field said not to set it in case there was damage to other parts of the shoulder).

Of course, five hundred ****ing people we're that at 9 oclock on a wed night, and they all thought they had swine flu. are ya kidding me. SO, THREE AND A HALF HOURS LATER...it took two grown men to wrench my shoulder back into place.

Absolutely one of the most painful few hours of my life.

Yesterday, went to Dr. Papilion, a sports medicine orthopedist, and he gave me THIS ultra fancy and kind of retarded looking sling.
http://www.orthopaedicsandtrauma.com/acatalog/USER-Anterior.gif . The ultrasling 3. *the good news is that i really feel like a running back in training, the cushion is just like a foot ball haha.

I have to keep it on for two weeks, then come back for a follow up.

MY QUESTION:
How long before this thing heals enough for me to get back into normal mode?
Mountain biking, softball, full work etc etc.

Weeks? Months?

watermock
05-05-2009, 09:57 PM
Never

bombay
05-05-2009, 10:01 PM
OKAY, I normally LOVE to paint vivid pictures with my prose, but unfortunately, it hurts to keep my arm in the "typing" position, so here's the short version.

Last wednesday, I was playing softball. On first, ball was hit, I took off, second base caught it so I immediately turned around and dove for first. Diving in softball is not the norm for me, but it was the championship game. Anywho, my arm was extended and locked, and I jammed it into the base, immediately dislocating the shoulder. Off to the e.r. (the nurse at our field said not to set it in case there was damage to other parts of the shoulder).

Of course, five hundred ****ing people we're that at 9 oclock on a wed night, and they all thought they had swine flu. are ya kidding me. SO, THREE AND A HALF HOURS LATER...it took two grown men to wrench my shoulder back into place.

Absolutely one of the most painful few hours of my life.

Yesterday, went to Dr. Papilion, a sports medicine orthopedist, and he gave me THIS ultra fancy and kind of retarded looking sling.
http://www.orthopaedicsandtrauma.com/acatalog/USER-Anterior.gif . The ultrasling 3. *the good news is that i really feel like a running back in training, the cushion is just like a foot ball haha.

I have to keep it on for two weeks, then come back for a follow up.

MY QUESTION:
How long before this thing heals enough for me to get back into normal mode?
Mountain biking, softball, full work etc etc.

Weeks? Months?

Had that happen once, and it hurts like hell. If I remember correctly, it was semi-normal within 2-3 weeks, meaning I could do most of what I ususally did, but it was a long time before it really felt like full strengh. Probably more than a year.

Boobs McGee
05-05-2009, 10:16 PM
****.

Did it just always have that weak, ready to pop out kind of feeling?

chaz
05-05-2009, 11:06 PM
One thing a buddy of mine did was carve a (beer) can holder into the cushion part.


Edit: I feel like I should contribute more, but that's all I got...all the best for your recovery.

BroncoMan4ever
05-05-2009, 11:22 PM
i have separated and dislocated my shoulder. and in my experience the separation hurt a **** load more, so be happy it was just dislocated(even though that hurts like a bitch too)

depending on how fast of a healer you are i'd say you will be able to use the arm in a few weeks, but more than likely not 100% until at least 6 months, but more than likely over a year

worm
05-05-2009, 11:38 PM
If there was a keg on second...you wouldn't have dove back for first regardless of where the ball was.

sloshball > softball

Boobs McGee
05-06-2009, 12:43 AM
beer holder, DAMN fine idea. No keg at second unfortunately :( they have gay ass non drinkng rules now.

And I actually have seperated my shoulder before (misjudged the depth of a pool when I dove in lol...wow.), but honestly this hurt me more. The muscles in my shoulder, and consequently all the way down my arm, felt like they were ripping out of the bone. boooooo.

broncoman was it a year for you? F U C K! has it happened again since the first time? My doc said your chances go way up :(

Archer81
05-06-2009, 02:09 AM
I've dislocated my shoulder. I was playing soccer when I was 13 and was playing goalie, I forgot where I was in the net. I went to change direction and ran shoulder first into the goalpost. Hit the ground. People laughing, I stayed on the ground with my arm kind of bent at a funny angle. It sucked major ass. Even now, 14 years later my shoulder hurts from time to time. Stupid ass soccer.

:Broncos:

BroncoMan4ever
05-06-2009, 02:53 AM
beer holder, DAMN fine idea. No keg at second unfortunately :( they have gay ass non drinkng rules now.

And I actually have seperated my shoulder before (misjudged the depth of a pool when I dove in lol...wow.), but honestly this hurt me more. The muscles in my shoulder, and consequently all the way down my arm, felt like they were ripping out of the bone. boooooo.

broncoman was it a year for you? F U C K! has it happened again since the first time? My doc said your chances go way up :(

dude, i separated mine playing street hockey when i was 14. my cousin checked me, and i dropped and then tripped over my stick, and we both hit the ground, but the way i landed and then him falling on top of me just destroyed my arm. it hurt in my upper chest, shoulder and back, and it just felt like my arm had almost been torn off. that was without question the worst pain i have ever felt in my life, and i have had a lot of injuries.

but in the case of the dislocated shoulder, i pushed it too hard when i first injured it, because it was high school baseball season and i had to play and aggravated the injury and no doubt added to the length of the recovery time. but even my doctors told me when they 1st popped it back in, that it may take a full year before i return to full strength.

now depending on certain movements or positions i move my arm, it has a tendency to pop in and out of the socket. also i have dislocated it 2 more times.

it is at full strength in all the movements i use the arm for(playing some football with friends, throwing a ball around for my dogs, working out and all that stuff), but the shoulder joint itself is weaker than it was before i injured it, as it has been dislocated 2 more times and pops in and out of the socket involuntarily. each time i have re-injured it, the recovery time seems to be quicker.

so i may not be the best person with a similar injury to base your recovery time on, because i didn't take time off. i dislocated it, in a practice during baseball season, went to the doctor and got it popped back in, took 2 days off, took some pain meds and started throwing again. it took me a full 2 months before i finally stopped pushing it and let it heal.

BroncoMan4ever
05-06-2009, 02:55 AM
I've dislocated my shoulder. I was playing soccer when I was 13 and was playing goalie, I forgot where I was in the net. I went to change direction and ran shoulder first into the goalpost. Hit the ground. People laughing, I stayed on the ground with my arm kind of bent at a funny angle. It sucked major ass. Even now, 14 years later my shoulder hurts from time to time. Stupid ass soccer.

:Broncos:

if i were you i would call it an old football injury instead of a soccer injury

Drek
05-06-2009, 04:48 AM
Mine took about a month to get feeling "right" again, and its never regained full strength, but thats because I dislocated it, shoved it back in myself (with the help of an I beam), played another three or four hours of basketball on it, and then found out a few months later that I have a partial tear in my rotator cuff as a result.

Good thing its my left arm. Guy I work with did similar to his right, as he puts it to this day he's got one good throw in him overhand before it snaps out again.

loborugger
05-06-2009, 05:57 AM
Dude, dont be a pussy. Take that piece of crap off, and get back on the *cough* softball field. Rub some dirt on it, and you'll be fine.



Good luck in your recovery. I think Mock has a point, joints never really return 100 percent. But, alas, its all part of life.

cmhargrove
05-06-2009, 05:59 AM
My best advice is listen to your doctor on the initial recovery period and give it a chance to mend.

I first dislocated mine in a skiing injury, and was skiing the next day (but I did have it wrapped against my body under my coat).

I didn't listen much to his recovery schedule about making little circles with my arm over the next eight weeks, and jumped right back into sports.

The next couple years I dislocated it a few times (playing intramural soccer in college - damn that soccer again!). Then, I took up Judo. I probably dislocated it a dozen times in my first two years of judo, sometimes in the middle of an actual tournament. However, I can tell you the absolute best way to put it back in - bar none.

Finally, I started taking care of it, and now put plenty of effort in the gym strengthening my shoulder and all the stabilizer muscles. It really doesn't bother me at all, and I am a really active person.

So, my advice. Listen to your doctor and take it easy for the first 2-3 months, then spend some time in the gym strengthening the muscles of the shoulder so it doesn't keep popping out. It will suck for a while but it will be worth it, and you avoid surgery.

dbfan21
05-06-2009, 06:18 AM
i have separated and dislocated my shoulder. and in my experience the separation hurt a **** load more, so be happy it was just dislocated(even though that hurts like a b**** too)

depending on how fast of a healer you are i'd say you will be able to use the arm in a few weeks, but more than likely not 100% until at least 6 months, but more than likely over a year

I am going to echo what BM4E said. Separation hurts like crazy and it takes a while to heal.

I spearated my shoulder playing football my Sr. year of HS. In the process, I tore my labrum (shouylder cartilage). I had to have it scoped and went through about 2 months of PT. By the time my PT ended, I was slighly stronger than I was before the injury occurred. My bench press was better, my shoulder strength was better, but there was always the feeling that, if my arm was up above my head (i.e. grabbing a rebound playing b-ball, throwing a football, etc), my arm would roll out of socket.

6-12 months will be your realistic timeline to fully heal. But to be honest with you, I am 33 now and in pretty good shape (I lift weights 3x's a week) and there are times when I am wresting with my kids on the floor and I will get the feeling like it's gonna pop out again. It's just soemthing you have to adjust to.

My strongest recommendation would be to take the recovery process seriously and don't rush it back. Take your time and gradually build up your strength. You'll be glad you did in the long run. Good luck!

bronclvr
05-06-2009, 06:52 AM
I dislocated and seperated my Shoulder racing Motorcycles (along with numerous other injuries during my racing Years), and I understand the pain part. I did it a long time ago, and have never had any problems with it other than there is a noticeable space if you feel it. I lift weights 3-4 times a week, and I think that helps. It feels like I've never damaged it, and it's my right Shoulder (the one I use the most)-

I agree with everyone here, do what the Doc says, you will be sorry if you don't-back when I did it, they strapped me up for six weeks (that was the worst part), and when I finally took it off it took about a Month to regain strength and a few Months to feel normal again-after it heals, I believe weight training really helps-hard to sleep all night right now isn't it?

The Doc told me that if I didn't stay strapped in that he would have to do Surgery to keep it all together-do what the Doc says! :flower:

meangene
05-06-2009, 07:28 AM
Did that to mine doing dumbbell presses. Watched it drop right out the bottom. Worst part was I dropped the dumbbell and it hit me several times on the way down. The shoulder felt weak and like it was going to pop out again for months. What will help it is to strengthen all the shoulder muscles around the joint. That means strength training that hits the shoulders at every angle. Start light, maybe even using machines, at first before slowly increasing the weight and using free weights. Took me almost a year before I stopped thinking about the shoulder. Don't even remember which shoulder it was now.

Hogan11
05-06-2009, 08:11 AM
I'll trade you my torn rotator cuff for your shoulder dislocation any day.

broncosteven
05-06-2009, 09:48 AM
I've dislocated my shoulder. I was playing soccer when I was 13 and was playing goalie, I forgot where I was in the net. I went to change direction and ran shoulder first into the goalpost. Hit the ground. People laughing, I stayed on the ground with my arm kind of bent at a funny angle. It sucked major ass. Even now, 14 years later my shoulder hurts from time to time. Stupid ass soccer.

:Broncos:

Is that what turned you into a gay person?

Boobs McGee
05-06-2009, 10:18 AM
well thanks for all the advice people. it's just so damn hard NOT doing anything with it for weeks...ya know? I'll just do my best to be a responsible dislocatee, and sit tight.

It just sucks thinking there's a possibility this could stick with me forever.

anybody ever have the surgery done? With the plastic screws and all?

Beantown Bronco
05-06-2009, 10:23 AM
Looks like it's time to brush up on everyone's favorite game......the stranger.

Archer81
05-06-2009, 02:52 PM
Is that what turned you into a gay person?


HAHAHAHA. Yes. Playing soccer turned me into a gay person.


Hilarious!


:Broncos:

Archer81
05-06-2009, 02:54 PM
if i were you i would call it an old football injury instead of a soccer injury


Actually I never got hurt when I played football. Always soccer. Tore up my right ankle playing soccer, too.


:Broncos:

Dr. Broncenstein
05-06-2009, 07:30 PM
Back when I was moonlighting as an ER doc, I sedated my shoulder dislocations. Propofol for the win.

Boobs McGee
05-06-2009, 08:01 PM
Back when I was moonlighting as an ER doc, I sedated my shoulder dislocations. Propofol for the win.

I think thats what they gave me...they were putting something in my i.v. during the wait, like fenerol or something, started with an f (or ph). really didn't do much for the pain. Then, when it came time to put the shoulder back in they gave me something ELSE (which could have been propofol), and it knocked me out in like 5 seconds. When I came to, my friend who was in there with me was pale as a ghost, and the doctors we're laughing at how difficult it was to get in. But whatever they put in there was absolutely STRONG STRONG STRONG! I counted back from 100 and made it to like 98 haha

Tombstone RJ
05-06-2009, 08:28 PM
I think thats what they gave me...they were putting something in my i.v. during the wait, like fenerol or something, started with an f (or ph). really didn't do much for the pain. Then, when it came time to put the shoulder back in they gave me something ELSE (which could have been propofol), and it knocked me out in like 5 seconds. When I came to, my friend who was in there with me was pale as a ghost, and the doctors we're laughing at how difficult it was to get in. But whatever they put in there was absolutely STRONG STRONG STRONG! I counted back from 100 and made it to like 98 haha

I feel for ya bro.

Back in January I broke my elbow in two places skiing (took a nasty, nasty spill skiing like a bat outa hell). I knocked myself numb, I didn't knock myself out, I just knocked myself numb. I was tumbling and tumbling, but I couldn't feel anything, all I could do was hear my body tumble. When I finally slid to a stop (seemed like an eternity) I opened my eyes, saw my breath, but could not move anything. I thought I had died...

When the ski patrol got to me, I could move my feet a little. They were worried about a concussion or a head/neck/spine injury more than anything else. But I kept complaining about the pain in my hands. They hurt like a sum biatch.

I refused an ambulance and went into the ski patrol hut to see if I could recover a little. I wanted to wait a little while before I agreed to be halled off in an ambulance. It was bad enough to have the ski patrol drag me down the last part of the mountain...

A few hours passed and my hands just kept hurting like hell. I finally got the will power to drive myself to the hospital. I couldn't move my left arm very well and my left hand had no strength, but fuggit, I wasn't going to cry about it, I had to get to the hospital. That drive was just plain painful.

When I got to the hospital, the Dr. was concerned with my head, so we did the cat scan and the results came back good. No concussion, no brain damage. I asked him about my left hand and arm, and he gave me some strength tests--he asked me to move my fingers as best I could while he applied pressure to them. I had no strength, none. I sat there and the Dr. said something stooopid like "why aren't you moving your fingers?" I said in a nice way (I should have said he azzzhole, I can't) that I was trying, but nothing was working. He said he thought it was damage in my shoulders from the crash and that if it didn't get better in a few weeks, to come on back.

The Dr. gave me a prescription for the pain (didn't help) and I left. That week was one long painful crap fest. My left arm starting turning black and blue on the following Thursday. The next Saturday I went back to the hospital and they x-rayed the arm. Sure enough, it was broke.

I then went to an ortho doctor who did an MRI and found two fractures, one on each of the bones. One fracture was so close to the nerve that he did not want to operate unless he absolutely had to. So, he put me in a cast and I started to heal up.

I've been going to physical therapy since February. My elbow still hurts and I had to go back for a manipulation because scar tissue had binded up my elbow to a point where I couldn't move it beyond about a 90% angle.

Physical therapy definately helps, but it hurts like hell. Its finally over, but my elbow is still not 100%.

Boobs McGee
05-06-2009, 08:51 PM
WOW that is painful to even read :( So sorry dude, I hope eventually it gets back to 100 percent. At least you didn't break your neck! but good luck with the recovery

footstepsfrom#27
05-06-2009, 09:09 PM
OKAY, I normally LOVE to paint vivid pictures with my prose, but unfortunately, it hurts to keep my arm in the "typing" position..."
Tell TJ to put you on the OM IR. ;D

Boobs McGee
05-06-2009, 09:47 PM
Tell TJ to put you on the OM IR. ;D

LOL good call ^5 I need some rest from the keyboard grind

chaz
05-06-2009, 10:10 PM
well thanks for all the advice people. it's just so damn hard NOT doing anything with it for weeks...ya know? I'll just do my best to be a responsible dislocatee, and sit tight.

It just sucks thinking there's a possibility this could stick with me forever.

Never had a shoulder injury, but plenty of others (3 broken arms, an ankle, vertebrae, finger...and i'm only 20). And all I can say is you're doing the right thing in listening to your doctor. It's just plain stupid not too...the rest of your life isn't worth jeopardizing.

And the recovery time always goes faster than you think it will. Once you accept it and learn how to compensate it really goes by fast.

cutthemdown
05-06-2009, 10:13 PM
Tha shoulder will never be the same. It will always be looser. Many people end up having surgery if it keeps popping out.

Boobs McGee
05-06-2009, 10:14 PM
Never had a shoulder injury, but plenty of others (3 broken arms, an ankle, vertebrae, finger...and i'm only 20). And all I can say is you're doing the right thing in listening to your doctor. It's just plain stupid not too...the rest of your life isn't worth jeopardizing.

And the recovery time always goes faster than you think it will. Once you accept it and learn how to compensate it really goes by fast.

TRUTH!

that's the way i'm trying to look at it.

And...it's been pretty sweet having about a week off from work :D

Dark Helmet
05-07-2009, 12:53 AM
A real man would have put it back in place like Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon

http://www.thehollywoodnews.com/artman2/uploads/1/Weapon.jpg

BroncoMan4ever
05-07-2009, 01:09 AM
Actually I never got hurt when I played football. Always soccer. Tore up my right ankle playing soccer, too.


:Broncos:

idk man. not a fan of a sport in which you are not allowed to use your hands and actual contact (hitting is really limited)

BroncoMan4ever
05-07-2009, 01:13 AM
I feel for ya bro.

Back in January I broke my elbow in two places skiing (took a nasty, nasty spill skiing like a bat outa hell). I knocked myself numb, I didn't knock myself out, I just knocked myself numb. I was tumbling and tumbling, but I couldn't feel anything, all I could do was hear my body tumble. When I finally slid to a stop (seemed like an eternity) I opened my eyes, saw my breath, but could not move anything. I thought I had died...

When the ski patrol got to me, I could move my feet a little. They were worried about a concussion or a head/neck/spine injury more than anything else. But I kept complaining about the pain in my hands. They hurt like a sum biatch.

I refused an ambulance and went into the ski patrol hut to see if I could recover a little. I wanted to wait a little while before I agreed to be halled off in an ambulance. It was bad enough to have the ski patrol drag me down the last part of the mountain...

A few hours passed and my hands just kept hurting like hell. I finally got the will power to drive myself to the hospital. I couldn't move my left arm very well and my left hand had no strength, but fuggit, I wasn't going to cry about it, I had to get to the hospital. That drive was just plain painful.

When I got to the hospital, the Dr. was concerned with my head, so we did the cat scan and the results came back good. No concussion, no brain damage. I asked him about my left hand and arm, and he gave me some strength tests--he asked me to move my fingers as best I could while he applied pressure to them. I had no strength, none. I sat there and the Dr. said something stooopid like "why aren't you moving your fingers?" I said in a nice way (I should have said he azzzhole, I can't) that I was trying, but nothing was working. He said he thought it was damage in my shoulders from the crash and that if it didn't get better in a few weeks, to come on back.

The Dr. gave me a prescription for the pain (didn't help) and I left. That week was one long painful crap fest. My left arm starting turning black and blue on the following Thursday. The next Saturday I went back to the hospital and they x-rayed the arm. Sure enough, it was broke.

I then went to an ortho doctor who did an MRI and found two fractures, one on each of the bones. One fracture was so close to the nerve that he did not want to operate unless he absolutely had to. So, he put me in a cast and I started to heal up.

I've been going to physical therapy since February. My elbow still hurts and I had to go back for a manipulation because scar tissue had binded up my elbow to a point where I couldn't move it beyond about a 90% angle.

Physical therapy definately helps, but it hurts like hell. Its finally over, but my elbow is still not 100%.

dude, how have you not gotten a lawyer working on getting a settlement from the 1st retarded doctor you saw?

if it was broken in 2 places and he looked you over and let you go with only pain meds and didn't diagnose the breaks, you might be able to toss a lawsuit at that doctor being a moron.

BroncoMan4ever
05-07-2009, 01:21 AM
Never had a shoulder injury, but plenty of others (3 broken arms, an ankle, vertebrae, finger...and i'm only 20). And all I can say is you're doing the right thing in listening to your doctor. It's just plain stupid not too...the rest of your life isn't worth jeopardizing.

And the recovery time always goes faster than you think it will. Once you accept it and learn how to compensate it really goes by fast.

dude, your post here has just given me a great idea. we need an Official OrangeMane Thread For Personal Injuries. where we who have suffered injuries compare and have fun talking about our injuries and how they occured. i am sure there are a lot of sports related injuries, but everyone knows there are going to be some really great alcohol related injuries, that will make everyone laugh and have a good time.

because i am just like you. i have separated my shoulder and dislocated it 3 times. broken 3 ribs, cracked my skull, broken 6 fingers, broken my wrist, foot, ankle, leg and nose(twice), and have torn my ACL. all of which has happened by the age of 23

Boobs McGee
05-07-2009, 07:54 AM
that's actually a pretty damn good idea! I bet you're right, TONS of good injury stories from maners ....

Archer81
05-07-2009, 08:04 AM
idk man. not a fan of a sport in which you are not allowed to use your hands and actual contact (hitting is really limited)


I dont get it either. I think I did it subconsciously, looking for contact.
Think the worst I ever got hurt playing football was some scrapes or some bruises. No breaks, no sprains, no dislocations.

:Broncos:

Tombstone RJ
05-07-2009, 08:19 AM
dude, how have you not gotten a lawyer working on getting a settlement from the 1st retarded doctor you saw?

if it was broken in 2 places and he looked you over and let you go with only pain meds and didn't diagnose the breaks, you might be able to toss a lawsuit at that doctor being a moron.

Well, I did get out of paying the emergency room bills. I wrote a letter to their adminstation office explaining what happened (in a nice way, of course) and baddo-boom, badda-bing, my bills went away...

Because of that, I'm gonna just let it go.