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Old 01-24-2013, 10:52 AM   #1
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Rupture of rotator cuff surgery. Is there a dual sport life after it ?

Is there Enduro/Dual Sport life after it ?

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Old 01-24-2013, 02:38 PM   #2
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Couple of years ago I went down at 15mph and landed on my right elbow. The load of the fall caused my upper arm bone just below the socket to explode. Wish I could post the X-ray but I can't. Five hours on the table and a plate with nine screws later. First check-up with the surgeon I rode the KTM to the visit. The first time I put the brakes on sure hurt like hell. Oh yeah, she wasn't to happy about me riding but I haven't stopped one bit. Yes it hurts all the time too.
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:19 PM   #3
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Couple of years ago I went down at 15mph and landed on my right elbow. The load of the fall caused my upper arm bone just below the socket to explode. Wish I could post the X-ray but I can't. Five hours on the table and a plate with nine screws later. First check-up with the surgeon I rode the KTM to the visit. The first time I put the brakes on sure hurt like hell. Oh yeah, she wasn't to happy about me riding but I haven't stopped one bit. Yes it hurts all the time too.
It's the consequences of breaking that again that's scary !!!


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Old 01-24-2013, 03:43 PM   #4
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Don't know about rotator cuff surgery but, I fell off a lader & drove my femur THROUGH my tibial plateau. 8 hours of surgery, 13 skrews & a metal plate in my leg. No more whoops for me but, I still ride kinda fast when I'm just playing out in the woods with friends. SUCKS that I can't race hare scrambles anymore but, there's still a TON of fun to be had on dirt bikes.

My Dr. said "No more dirt bikes" but, my hair lipped uncle gave me better advice when he said "Hmuck em" (refering to the Dr.)
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:17 PM   #5
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Don't know about rotator cuff surgery but, I fell off a lader & drove my femur THROUGH my tibial plateau. 8 hours of surgery, 13 skrews & a metal plate in my leg. No more whoops for me but, I still ride kinda fast when I'm just playing out in the woods with friends. SUCKS that I can't race hare scrambles anymore but, there's still a TON of fun to be had on dirt bikes.

My Dr. said "No more dirt bikes" but, my hair lipped uncle gave me better advice when he said "Hmuck em" (refering to the Dr.)
That is fucking hilarious!


I go for rotator cuff suregry in a couple weeks. It's gotta be better after than it is now. I have been living in severe pain since June 3rd! Rode twice all last summer.
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:10 PM   #6
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I've had both shoulders repaired and still ride dual sports and trials bikes and I'm one of very few 70 year olds out on my Cannondale mountain bike riding singletrack. Re-hab and go for it!
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:16 PM   #7
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:42 PM   #8
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i was told no, but road bikes would be fine, vibrations and bumps by one specialist.

the surgon said no to both, not for a few years if i break it in an accident, ill probbly loose the arm all together....

im still riding, 3 years afterwards and only had the time off, when my arm was in a sling, which was for like 2 years mind you, and i still rode around the back yard and our property during that time, just not road bikes, or mx.
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:52 AM   #9
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the surgeon said no to both, not for a few years if i break it in an accident, ill probably loose the arm all together.
This.

I'm 100% NOT willing to donate an arm to a hobby. For now.

I did take a year off bikes and am back on a street bike now. I won't get on a dirt bike again and for the foreseeable future, even a putt-putt dual sport is off the table.
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the severity of my damage (one break pef cuff in different occasions) may have been mild as I did not need the hardware others have mentioned.
The surgeon referred to them as a torn cuffs.
There was a very minor annoyance factor while riding for the first year or so.
The necessary motion range while riding is limited, but on the times when I need to push or pull the bike on the trail, if there is pain I just stop, change my angle and try again. Not really a big problem, the extra time to cuffsit is a second or so.

I had an above average range of motion before the breaks and operations... now it is just normal with some pain on extreme stretches on the left cuff compared to the one on the right.

Paul, I hope this helps you apres surgery riding plans.

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Old 01-24-2013, 11:03 PM   #11
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the severity of my damage (one break pef cuff in different occasions) may have been mild as I did not need the hardware others have mentioned.



I understand there are four muscles rotating the shoulder. I had 3 completely disconnected, and tear in two. Pretty bad let say. BUt surgery was 100%.
Bones were OK.

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Old 01-25-2013, 12:09 AM   #12
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Made a complete mess of my right shoulder in a high speed crash on the bicycle - full on sprint finish in a race when a rider came down in front of me. Dislocated AC joint, shredded supraspinatus tendon and also a shredded long bicep tendon. Recovery following surgery was a real struggle and bloody painful and it took about 9 months to get full movement and strength back. Probably would not have taken as long if I was younger but a 50+ year old body doesn't heal as quick.

However 2 1/2 years after surgery the shoulder is fantastic! I just wish I could afford the time off to get the other should cleaned up and some small tears repaired.
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:13 AM   #13
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Had shoulder surgery a year ago now, for multiple things. Lots of therapy afterwards as well.

The therapist and the physicians assistant were both right (who'd have guessed). I could keep on behaving like a fool and enjoy a long partial recovery with lots of pain and reduced motion and strength, or I could actually try behaving.

What can I say, after I quit trying to do dumb things, like using the chainsaw days after surgury, things got better.

Today, a year later, and the shoulder is not 100%. Never will be, and sooner or later I will have to have a replacement installed. But, I can ride, use the chainsaw and other such things. The shoulder clicks and pops, and sometimes it hurts sharply. But full range of motion is there, I can use all my wrenches, I can go dirt biking all day long.

Swollen damaged tissues have to recover, and that takes time. Physical therapy keeps things moving and greatly helps prevent loss of motion. Strength training (much later) helps build back up the strength, and done with care keeps that range of motion.

Does the glucosamine conjointin I take help? Maybe, maybe not. Dr says no, PT and PA both say perhaps. It's cheap ($15 for a years worth of pills), so even if it's psychosomatic, that's just fine.
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Old 06-30-2013, 07:37 AM   #14
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For those who may wonder, the surgery was a success and beyond any hope. I'm heading for a 99% recovery.

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Old 07-01-2013, 06:39 AM   #15
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For those who may wonder, the surgery was a success and beyond any hope. I'm heading for a 99% recovery.

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Awesome news.
Hope you have a quick recovery and a hot physical therapist.
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