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Terrible way to start the season

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#1 DonMega884



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Posted 13 April 2018 - 08:54 PM

Just the other day 4/10 I dislocated my left shoulder. I知 a right handed golfer, and I知 from the Midwest. I知 going to see a otherpedic doctor in a couple days. This is my first dislocation. I知 33 and they were able to put in back in the socket in ER. It痴 very sore still, and I知 taking a lot of pain medication.

May 5th I have a scramble with my buddies on my birthday. I have been working hard on my swing all winter in anticipation for the warmer weather that seems to never wanna get here in Michigan. I知 in a sling right now and I probably won稚 make my birthday scramble.

So..... I知 asking to those who致e had the same injury to their left shoulder being a right handed swinger is

How long until you were able to hit full shots?

Did you return to 100% eventually?

Did you have to adjust your swing?

Is there anything I should do in the meantime? Stretch it? Rest it? Light rehab?

I知 very upset that I値l be on the sidelines for the start of the season and I don稚 want to return too early.

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#2 cardoustie


    haha, we don't play for 5's

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 10:03 PM

Single malt followed by rubbing some dirt on it

Serious - speak w your local docs
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Posted 13 April 2018 - 11:35 PM

Can't speak from experience for your specific injury.  One thing you could do as you work through therapy is practice putting and chipping.  If your swing isn't quite grooved in time for your event, at least you'll be hot on the greens.

Good luck, and I hope it works out for you.


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Posted 13 April 2018 - 11:43 PM

I had a similar injury (right shoulder,lefty golfer), and while mine was beginning of winter so I can稚 really speak on immediate recovery, for the following season mid way through the round my shoulder would become quite sore (due to work I didn稚 let it heal as well as I should have). Best of luck, and if it痴 similar to mine it will take less to dislocate every time


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Posted 14 April 2018 - 08:17 AM

Start working on your putting


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Posted 14 April 2018 - 11:10 AM

I've had both my shoulders dislocated (at separate times) and if you don't have any serious ligament/tendon damage then you should be decent by the time the scramble comes around. Each time I would take almost 2 weeks off to let it rest. After that I would slowly introduce stretching and chipping movements and get a feel on pain and worked my way back to a full swing from there. Only your body and pain tolerance will be able to give you a true timeline on getting back to 100%.

Strength training specific to the shoulder muscles is beyond important moving forward. That shoulder is very vulnerable to dislocating again, and it wasn't until I did this that my dislocations went away.

Edited by NV825, 14 April 2018 - 11:11 AM.


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Posted 14 April 2018 - 11:21 AM

As someone who had multiple shoulder separations and ultimately surgery to rebuild my left shoulder, here's the best advice.

Go talk to medical professionals and whatever plan they give you for recovery, follow it to a T.  Don't do more, don't do less do exactly what they tell you.


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Posted 14 April 2018 - 11:27 AM

Great advice.

View PostDavePelz4, on 14 April 2018 - 11:21 AM, said:

Go talk to medical professionals and whatever plan they give you for recovery, follow it to a T. Don't do more, don't do less do exactly what they tell you.

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 04:18 PM

I've not had any shoulder issues but I have had two orthopedic surgeries. Whatever your Doc says about laying off until you are ready. Nothing worse you could do than to try to come back too early.


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Posted 14 April 2018 - 05:19 PM

JP plays with a partial left rotator cuff tear...but then...Most guys fear pain...*invokes Roadhouse pain concept*

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 05:31 PM

I just had my 8th surgery in the last two years, on Wednesday. Be glad your problem is in a more manly location. :blush:
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Posted 14 April 2018 - 06:35 PM

Thanks guys!!!!


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Posted 14 April 2018 - 08:46 PM

Had a Mountain Bike accident during a race in October 2014. My left shoulder dislocated, torn labrum, and fractured tuberosity. Had a great orthopedic who actually suggested trying PT first. I followed directions exactly as prescribed (mostly range of movement exercises every night with bands) and was near 100% within 6 weeks. Lifting weights, swimming, golfing etc


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Posted 20 April 2018 - 09:21 AM

Separated my shoulder (Grade 3) playing softball three weeks before a planned golf weekend.  ER doc said 8-12 weeks, but the ortho guy said that I could (and should) move the joint as much as tolerable to keep the mobility as the scar tissue built up to stabilize the joint.

No golf at all for two weeks, just mobility exercises.  Went from assuming no golf at all to maybe I'll try one round to playing all rounds (gingerly) and shooting a (high) handicap matching round to win the tournament round!  The pain kept my swing in check and in control.  I was clubbing up, but stayed out of trouble enough to play decently.

Definitely follow doc's instructions to a tee, but in my case, he encouraged me to do what I could and it worked out well!

It still freaks me out when i feel the bump where the clavicle is no longer attached, but no lasting effects otherwise!


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Posted 22 May 2018 - 04:29 PM

I'm with you as I just started to play some of the best golf last year and I tore my bicep and only got 6 rounds in. I wasn't sure if I would even want to start golfing again as it was a set back. Anyhow still hurts as I was a brace as I have also developed tennis elbow. I got a new driver thinking that would spark my enthusiasm and Wow! just the opposite.

   I tried the new Rouge with my Oban purple shaft as I sold my Callaway  816 which I loved but you had to hit the sweet spot as it wasn't the most forgiving driver. Decided on the Rouge but that was a mistake as I really can't stand the look of a triangle shape head. Could find a fairway most of the time and when I did it was an ugly fade. I did chip in for an eagle my 1st of the year.

   Sold the Rouge and now I'm playing the new TaylorMade M4 D and I hit every single fairway one one. Shot -2 under for 9 holes as  I need to just play 9 at a time for awhile and thats ok with me. I'm probably much older than you but your game will come back just try to enjoy the game as it's always the good shots that keep me coming back.


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