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I am currently semi-sidelined with recurrent shoulder dislocation problem. I had surgery 18 months ago, and have since dislocated 2 times on the 12th of November.

Now, I'm on the cancellation list for more surgery (yay! :mad: ) and I'm looking at a very short season of maybe 3-4 weeks before surgery, and possibly a few weeks after.

Has anyone else had a dislocation problem that was successfully treated with surgery?

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I am the king of shoulder dislocation. My right shoulder dislocated so many times in the last 8 years (when it first happened) that I stopped counting. 2 times it had to be put back in by a doctor, the rest of the time I did it myself (no, not like in Lethal Weapon). I did some physical therapy, it helped, but not that much. I went to see a really good orthopedist (he works with a professionnal sports team) and he said the ligaments in the front of the shoulder are thorn and I need surgery. There may also be some bone fragments in there from bones rubbing when my shoulders dislocates. I don't have the time right now to get a surgery (because of the months of recuperation it requires), so I live with it, but I try to be careful.

Usually, it dislocated once a month or every 2 months, but now it hasn't happenened since July. When I fall when snowboarding, I stick my arms by my side to protect my shoulers. But sometimes, when I go from sitting to standing position when clipped in, I overextend my arm and my shoulder pops out. Not fun.

So, in essence, I live with it and try to do my best not to dislocate it. I keep on mountain biking and snowboarding, but I stopped rock climbing. I even missed my last birthday supper at my house because I spent the evening in the ER with a dislocated shoulder.

Derf

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I think I tore something in my shoulder a few years ago riding at windham. Now it just looks like a minor rotator cuff tear.

My anecdotal reccommendation is to work out those muscles. If they are stronger and balanced they will help to keep things together.

Bikram yoga is also supposed to help one's shoulders out. Thats really just another way to balance out and stretch out the muscles to get them all in the correct positions while under intense heat.

One thing I'm waiting to try is ART(Active Release therapy). Its probably not something that would be helpful to you, but for other shoulder problems it can help. Its basically a painful massage, where the therapist locates scar tissue in the muscle, applys pressure to the muscle, and then has the patient move the muscle in its natural range of motion. The idea is that by apply pressure to the scar tissue and activating the muscle, that the scar tissue and adhesions can be worked out. Its great for pitchers and those kinds of repatative injuries.

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Derf, I am challenging your thrown. I haven't lost count yet, since its way to painfull to forget about. I'm currently @ 19 dislocations :( and my doctor tells me that now since I have had surgery, simply allowing my shoulder to dislocate is badness. So I'm stuck waiting for surgrey. My most recent dislocations were the result of rock climbing, but most have been snowboarding, with a few hockey related ones.

Another problem is that the 3 dislocations I suffered right before surgery all landed me in the hospital. The last time, I managed to tear some more ligaments, so simply letting my shoulder dislocate isn't really a great option for me.

Just saw a guy on TV yesterday on a show called "Balance", he was a recurrent dislocator and got a new shoulder replacement. He's one of 8 in North America with this new "reverse shoulder".

Eat it Derf! :P

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I tore my labrum in my right shoulder in Jan 99 while snowboarding. Torn from about 4 o'clock to 8 o'clock , so I had significant instability to verticle movements. When running down stairs, I could feel my humerus (upper arm bone) sliding south on each impact.

I had immediate surgery to reattach, four consumable tacks. Recovery was long and relatively painful. After 4months I had about 70% movement, 1year about 90%, 2years 95%, and now 4 years later I'd say it's 98% of the good side. I stopped Physical Therapy after 4 months.

I've never had another problem after the surgery. However, I don't do much other than snowboarding that puts me at risk. My warm weather passion is road cycling.

Mark

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Originally posted by Matt D

Derf, I am challenging your thrown. I haven't lost count yet, since its way to painfull to forget about. I'm currently @ 19 dislocations :( and my doctor tells me that now since I have had surgery, simply allowing my shoulder to dislocate is badness.

Another problem is that the 3 dislocations I suffered right before surgery all landed me in the hospital. The last time, I managed to tear some more ligaments, so simply letting my shoulder dislocate isn't really a great option for me.

Eat it Derf! :P

If I could make an estimate, it would be 30-40 times easily. My worst ones are:

-while turning in my bed (4-5 times)

-while putting on a sweater (2-3 times)

-while vacuuming (the time I invited people over for supper and I was at the ER

-I spent an hour walking in the woods with a dislocated shoulder because it happened while I was snowshoeing in the middle of nowhere (I managed to put it back in later by luck)

-I have troubles throwing a baseball (I can't throw hard or my shoulder will go with it)

-I also dislocated the left one, but only 2 or 3 times.

About the pain, I agree, it is REALLY painful. Allowing it to dislocate is NOT an option. I am so much more careful with every arm movement now, almost to the point of being paranoid. I was told a dislocation is more painful than a fracture.

I don't want to turn this into a pissing contest, but my shoulder is worst and I am the king and I keep the crown and throne.:p

Derf

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Originally posted by Derf

I was told a dislocation is more painful than a fracture.

My wife has had one dislocation and two fractured clavicles. She said the less severe fracture was actually the most painful (not a full fracture, so bone hitting bone with even the slightest move) followed by the dislocation followed by the more severe fracture (full break)

BTW fractures were most likley the result of starved bones due to nursing the baby... moms, if you ride while nursing, pay extra special attention to post-natal care esp. bone strength... she's really bummed to be off the snow right now.

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