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Torn rotator cuff and fractured ball joint

post #1 of 6
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Had a wicked crash on Sunday training GS, knocked out cold and hurt my shoulder pretty bad. Course had gotten pretty rutted in the warm weather and I must have gotten a ski stuck in one of the ruts cause I got launched about 50 feet. Went to the doctor yesterday, torn rotator cuff and fractured ball joint. In a sh1tload of pain and a sling. Surgery probably required... Season probably over (at least race season), very bummed and depressed. Need all the support I can get.

post #2 of 6

I hate it when that happens.


Sanitary napkins make good neck pads for the sling.

Take a couple of percocets 1/2 an hour before bed and you will have an easier time getting to sleep.


Sounds like a good excuse for a double Scotch.  I reccomend Lagavulin, or Laphroig quarter Cask.

post #3 of 6

Been there done that.


You'll be fully recovered in about 6 months.


Good luck learning to wipe your butt.

post #4 of 6


Welcome to the Epic Ski I Whacked My Shoulder Club. (Just kidding).


A few weeks ago, I dislocatd my shoulder which displaces the ball joint from it's normal socket. It's strange injury in that the pain decreases greatly once the joint is put back in place, but, there's no strength in the sholder. So far, I just need rehab.


It sounds like your done for the season, but, be thankful that the damage is not to a weight bearing portion of your body. Get good medical treatment, and, think long term. It sucks!


post #5 of 6

Good luck with your recovery.  6 mos might be a optimistic, I'm going on a year after a torn rotator cuff, also from a GS practice, and the medical director for my ambulance service tells me it could still be longer before I have full strength back.   My doc wanted to try PT, and as long as I kept having improvement, hold off on surgery.  I posted something a while back, I'm running out of patience, but am still improving some each week.


When I was hurt, we only had a few weeks left in the season.  I couldn't lift my shoulder at all for a while, so skiing was out anyways.  The pain is always worse when I sleep, but I've seen dramitic improvement with stretches and other excercises. Cycling in the summer helped a ton.  Mountain biking was tough at times, especially when you crash, but I think it helped improve my range of motion. 


This year, ski season has been okay.  I've been back on the hill for my first full season in the beer league.  Hopefully they won't need to cut you open.

post #6 of 6

Sorry to see your bad news.  I had a similar experience a few years ago wherein I fell hard, right on the point of my shoulder.  I jumped up right away and checked to see if I could move the arm, cause I'd fallen really hard.  Well, I could move everything, but it hurt like hell when I tried to raise my hand above my shoulder or head.  I skied out the rest of the day and next (I didn't go all the way out there for nothing).  Got back home and took mucho Advil-Ibuprofin for a couple of months and finally went to the doc because it was still very sore. 


Turned out I'd broken the arm at the tip of the ball ... the ball sorta fractured and had split.  The doc said it was pretty much healed up at that point, and gave me a prescription to help speed reduction of the inflamation.   


The funny part of the story is this doctor's visit.  Just outside the examining room is a nurses station, which is close enough to hear the conversation.  As the doc walks out of the room after examining me, he says to the nurses,"You're not gonna belief this.  I got this guy in there who goes out west to ski, and he falls and breaks his arm.  Not only after breaking his arm does he ski the rest of the day ... HELL!! he skis the next day too".  The all laugh like crazy ... most embarrassing for me to come walking outof the room.


Again, sorry about the crash and the aftermath, but this is something of a temporary nature.  Get some rest, and the strength will come back little by little with therapy and exercise.  I found exercise to be the key in that as the shoulder muscles became stronger the soreness seemed to wane.  It's important to be patient in that you don't want to do too much and inflame the area, but do enough that you slowly build the strength back.

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