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Acromio-clavicular joint or AC joint injury(4 posts)

Acromio-clavicular joint or AC joint injuryScottV
May 5, 2001 9:37 AM
Well I finally joined the AC club. Last Sunday some guy TTing on the local bike path hit me and I landed on my shoulder. I'm now at home doing ice and pain killers. I want to get over this and back on my bike. After doing some research it looks like I have either a level I or II injury. What can I do to recover faster? Yes I'm going to talk to my doctor but I don't see him until next week.

I also want to start working out on my fluid trainer next week. Should I wait or am I being to cautious?

This really sucks as my new AL Maranoni arrived last Wednesday :(.
Welcome to the Club!PaulCL
May 5, 2001 11:16 AM
I landed hard on my shoulder three years ago next weekend. Third degree seperation of the AC joint (in addition to a whole lot of other, nasty, injuries). Ice, painkillers, anti-inflammatories, rest, not stressing the joint will all help.

Hopefully, yours will heal faster than mine since its' "only" a level I or II. The degree I vs II vs III is based upon the amount of seperation of the clavicle from the joint. I is a tear, II is a tear with partial displacement, III is a complete rupture and displacement of the joint (displacement of the clavicle from the joint).

How did I heal?? First off, I was off the bike for two months in prime cycling weather. I wasted a lot of time trying to rehab myself - morale of the story: get your butt to a Sports Medicine M.D. right away. My sports doc/rehab center gave me a list of six exercises to do to strengthen the joint - boy did they work wonders! Problem was: I waited 'til November to go see them. The natural position of the cyclist puts a lot of weight on the shoulders which can cause a lot of pain for those of us with bad ones. You will have to strengthen the muscles around the joint - after the inflamation goes away - in order to ride without discomfort.

Hopefully, you will have a speedy recovery. If you would like more info, email me. Paul
Welcome to the Club!Jon Billheimer
May 6, 2001 12:07 PM

I suffered a similar injury in a ski accident a couple of years ago. My experience was similar to Paul's. After rehabing for 5 mos. some inflammation remained in the joint. My final successful step was to add 2 grams per day of salmon oil to my diet. It's antiinflammatory properties got rid of the bursitis. Thought this tip might help.

The shoulder joint is a very unstable joint, with not much mechanical leverage. It is maintained by the group of muscles termed the rotator cuff. So Paul's advice regarding rehabilitating and rebalancing those muscles is critical. Good luck.
Been thereDog
May 6, 2001 9:45 PM
Did an endo 3 years ago and got a 3rd degree separation (tore up everything); got surgery, where they installed cording to tie the collarbone to the shoulderblade, replacing the function of the ligaments. Post surgery hurt really, really, bad. Took about one month to heal, but that was partially due to the crash itself (broken ribs and concussion, too). Glad I did it, though, as within a few months I was as good as new.

A year later, endo'd AGAIN and broke the same collarbone, but the surgery held up. I just healed naturally, as there was nothing to be done except be careful.

Both times, I began riding right away on a mountain bike with slicks on a trainer in the garage. Sat more upright, so I could use only one arm. Then, rode the mountain bike on the road for another week or so. The road bike was tougher, as you pretty much need both arms. Every bump hurt for a while.

All the doctor really cautioned was "don't do it again" while healing. Just be careful; that's all you can do.