Shoulder injury- Can I ride?

Thursday, April 3, 2003 3:22 PM
Well, I dislocated my shoulder 2 years ago playing softball and went through physical therapy, and the injury came back just now. I have a torn labrum (the ring of cartilage/tissue that lines the socket of the shoulder), and no amount of therapy will fix it completely...

So, I am getting arthroscopic surgery that can fix it by removing or repairing the cartilage (with a 6-12 week rehab period). My mom wants me to get it during summer so I don't miss school or whatever, but I don't want to go the whole summer (the first summer with my drivers license!!) without going to SFGAm just because of that stupid shoulder surgery.

Do you think they'll restrict me from riding coasters for that long? I'm too embarrassed to ask my doctor, and I am kind of afraid, because I know he'll say I can't ride, and that would be my worst nightmare (sitting at home in the summer when I could be out doing stuff...). What do you think?

Thursday, April 3, 2003 3:42 PM
"If you are indoubt about your ability to safely experience this ride, we recommend you don't ride."
Thursday, April 3, 2003 3:46 PM
It's up to you.

If you relax your injured arm and hold on with the other, you shouldn't have a problem. There is a small chance of further injuring it, especilly if you hold it up.

Conditions which you should not ride are ones where vital organs/tissue are at risk. Things like heart problems, neck and back injurys.

I would get advice from your doctor, maybe he can give you some suggestions. He knows your condition better than I do. I wouldn't stop riding over that, but also I would also try to minimize risk of reinjuring it.

Thursday, April 3, 2003 4:39 PM
This is something that you should cover in the early consultation with the specialist or surgeon...what should you expect in the recovery. You know...

Patient: Doc, when this is over, will I be able to play the guitar?

Doctor: Certainly!

Patient: That's great! I've always wanted to be able to plaly the guitar...!

Anyway, consider your riding habits, and discuss it with the physician. He'll know more about the physiological ramifications of riding or not riding. Consider this: Is it better to not ride for part of this summer, or to ride now and not be able to next year?

I doubt that many people here can give you good advice on this one. Since you have to talk with a professional about the surgery anyway, ask the question!

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Thursday, April 3, 2003 7:00 PM
Well, if you already have a season pass, you could go and enjoy the shows. And even your friendly ride operators at Roaring Rapids. That should be a safe ride to ride regardless. Unless you are stupid, which is debateable at times Crzy4AE. (To everyone: don't think I am calling a stranger stupid, I am friends with Crzy4AE.)


"Some people spend an entire LIFETIME wondering if they made a DIFFERENCE. The MARINES don't have that problem." -President Reagan 1985

Thursday, April 3, 2003 7:04 PM
My guess is at the very least stay clear of any coaster with an OSTR for a while, and especially S:UF there is a lot of weight put on your sholder for quite some time on the ride.

I don't care what anyone says, Magnum is better then Millenium Force.

Thursday, April 3, 2003 7:07 PM
ALF is cool- Hey, now! I'm not stupid, I swear ;)
Thursday, April 3, 2003 7:36 PM
Recent operations are in PKI's safety thing as a condition that you shouldn't ride. I use theres since i can recite it :)

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Friday, April 4, 2003 1:16 PM
I dislocated my shoulder two months ago playing basketball and I just reinjured it two days ago. I'm probably going to go to the doctor next week and get an MRI. I hope everything turns out ok.

Back on subject I think if you relax your arm and don't hang on to the lapbar you should probably be able to ride any coaster with a lapbar. I don't think you should go on any coasters with OSTRs though. You should probably ask your doctor before you do anything though.

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