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anterior instability of shoulder

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
I have painful subluxations which occur atleast once a day during the season, typically difficult to slide back into position. Doc tells me not to worry about future complications (arthritis) and that I may run my PT immediately after incident (no recovery time required). Is this sound advice? I also want to know if my Bursae are taking a beating, how can I find out?
post #2 of 8
go to a different doctor
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
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post #4 of 8
I meant that as a both a sarcastic and serious comment. You used a lot of technical mumbo-jumbo in your post that I don't understand (i.e. subluxation and bursae), but I do know that dislocating your shoulder is really, really bad, and it needs time to heal. I don't know if subluxation is the same as dislocation. If your shoulder is dislocating you may need surgery, and I would advise going to a different doc b/c with a good doctor your shoulder can be better than ever was after surgery. It just sounds like your current doc is quack!
post #5 of 8
hey turbo!
how's your posterior instability? you should probably keep foreign objects out of there homeslice.

email me so we can talk about xmas break.
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
Yo, "saramwrap". Thanks for the advice, I may try that! I'll go wherever it snows, a lot! Last night, I hit a tangent named Kelly, sorry we didn't get to chill @ Matt's. Tonight, later
post #7 of 8
Did you go to a sports medicine specialist? I had some major instability problems a few years ago that ended up requiring surgery. The longer I waited to treat the problem the worse it got. At first, I went to a regular orthopedic specialist and got nowhere. "Regular" doctors love to take x-rays and seem to use it as the only diagnostic tool, which to me, is kind of strange. No mention was made to me of soft tissue damage, except for the standard, cookie-cutter diagnosis of possible rotator cuff tendonits. The problem is that athletes are very talented at finding creative ways to damage the shoulder joint, whereas rotator cuff injuries are quite common among the sedentary.

I researched and found the best shoulder specialist in the state of Colorado (I no longer have access because of my insurance) and finally got the problem properly diagnosed- nobody else could seem to even read an MRI- no joke! Find someone who not only knows what they are doing but cares about getting athletes back into "the game". It's amazing what a difference this had made to me.

It's also amazing how either uniformed or lazy some doctors can be. The temptation is to write off a patient as having rotator cuff tendonitis, which is a problem that can result from having other joint problems. I'm no expert but the shoulder is a very complicated joint.

I just had a 1st degree separation in my "good" shoulder from dh mountain biking, and plan to try the halfpipe on my board this year, so hopefully I won't need to heed my own advice.

Good luck, and I hope you find a way to heal!
post #8 of 8
There were several topics on shoulder separations and surgeries last year. You might want to do a search for those topics. I have a hard time believing your doc said not to worry about further complications. I would insist on not just a regular orthopod, but one that deals specifically with shoulder sports injuries, and one who has a good track record also. I am glad that I got my anterior instability fixed last spring. Now I can drink a beer with both hands after skiing!
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