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?
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.
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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!
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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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