Re: Dislocated Shoulder, How Long Before Back On Bike
Ok, I have some experience with this.
On September 15th of 06 I put the bike down and had a badly dislocated shoulder. Had an obvious bone that was sticking up way higher than it should on my left side. Went around with the docs hoping that with just some rest and a little rehab it would get better, it didn't. Near the end of January I had surgery on it. They ended up sawing off the end of the bone that was sticking up, drilling holes in my collar bone and a bone on my back where the ligaments had completely come off of. They sewed the ligaments back on the bone and then used what is basically a toggle bolt through the holes in the bones to keep it secured while it healed.
A couple weeks later I went in for a check up and had an x-ray. The x-ray showed the the toggle bolt was working it's way up back through the hole. SO, they had to take me in for surgery#2 in mid February. Good news, the ligaments that were sewn on were holding find, the toggle was just coming out. So this time he took what is basically surgical rope and tied up the shoulder using the holes he drilled last time. Kinda like a zip tie in my shoulder. Since the surgery I have been doing a lot of physical therapy. The first 4 weeks was with no resistance at all, just going for range of motion return. I've since been given clearance to start using resistance so am using small weights and bands to start to get the strength back. It still hurts every day, but not bad enough to have to take anything more than Aleve.
I went for my first big ride this past Saturday ( about 110 miles ) and I was really sore the next couple days.
To answer your question, how long will it take? That all depends on how severely separated your shoulder is. Mine was about as bad as you can get.