"I didn't do the surgery, they wanted to cut off the end of my clavicle.
I had that operation some years ago. Was able to work up to 100 pressups nonstop and to bench over my body weight afterwards, and do a crossfit benchmark workout (Angie, I think) 100 chins, 100 pressups, 100 situps and 100 squats in about 12 minutes. So you might want to reconsider. That shoulder is now stronger than the other one. AC3 tears don't get better any quicker than recovering from the surgery, and ......they come back.
Been there and done that from a Judo throw. It's a horrible injury that is going to plague you for the rest of your life. Take 12 weeks off. Get your strength back slowly. You have to strengthen all the muscles around the injury.
No matter what you will look like frankenstein when you take your shirt off. My chiropractor shuddered when he saw my posture recently. I guess he thought I was a hunchbacked club footed mutant by the looks of me. Took my shirt off and he was like...ohhhh AC seperation. No problem.
I went with surgery and I think they did a good job. I don't know how it'd have turned out without; but with a grade 3 I was told that was the best option and I complied.
Whether you go under the knife or not, A LOT of PT is necessary.
Especially the kind that bores you to death, so suck it up and be ready for it.
Sounds similar to the injury Iíve got from doing Judo by falling hard on my elbow which then jarred my left shoulder badly.
At first I couldnít even lift my left arm above my head but six weeks later the movement is back to near normal now but it still aches when I get up in the morning.
Iím seeing a Chiropractor and last week I started doing some upper body exercises for the first time since I got the injury so hopefully it wonít be long now.
Iím not sure what type of grade of AC joint separation I got Iím just assuming itís probably a grade 1 after reading up on the internet
Just curious, but what type of movement have you got in your shoulder?
I recently injured my AC joint while doing judo. I fell on my shoulder with my arm outstretched and felt my collar bone pop up but no pain. The pain only came when I had a sports medicine specialist perform tests on my range of motion after I had kept it in a sling and didn't move it for a week. He told me it was a grade 3 and that it was up to me when I was ready to go back to training but I should wait a month. This seems totally different to everyone else's posted experiences with grade 3 separations.
The craziest thing was that I was just visiting my old judo club at school for one night. It sucks because I had just gotten into MT and BJJ.
There are different "grading" systems for that kind of injury, one that goes up to 5, one to 3...
You should only care about what your ortho/physician tells you about your injury. If you needed an operation, you (and they) would know, don't worry.
Thanks. That helps put me at ease a bit.