Bump (long post warning), your surgery/situation sounds very similar to mine. The main difference is that I've been given strictly 24 weeks (almost 6 months) as a timeframe for non-restrictive activities. I think this is because my surgery was probably more "intense" (for a lack of a better word). I dislocated my shoulder once every 2 weeks on average instead.
Anyways, I had the surgery June 19 so I'm about 6 weeks away from 24 weeks :) My last day of PT was 2 days ago, I had been going twice a week since 3 weeks after the surgery. The PT and the surgeon had noticed my abnormally good range of motion since the early stages. I feel like the frequent PT visits and the focus I put into doing exercises at home have strengthened my shoulder fairly well too. I have a pretty good list of exercises to do in the weight room for the next 4 months to get my shoulder back to normal strength and then some.
I initially tore my labrum falling on an extended arm hitting a box 3 inches off the ground. I actually only dislocated my shoulder twice skiing after that (over a span of 30ish days last season) and once playing soccer. Most of the damage came in a span of about two months on a rec basketball team where I would dislocate it almost every game (10 games total). My biggest concern is skiing though, I missed the soccer season this year and I won't be playing rec b-ball. I will get to go skiing a ton (hopefully) this year for the first time and I really want to try new tricks, hit bigger cliffs, etc. I'm just concerned considering I hurt my shoulder on a tiny box when thinking about going "big" in general. I am obviously not planning on trying a dub my first day back in early December, but by January, I really want to be getting some stuff dialed. While I worked at Home Depot this summer, I would say at least 15 older age guys told me that they had shoulder surgery multiple times and there shoulders still dislocate. Apparently rotator cuff surgeries are more much more prone to re-inury than bankart repairs, but who knows what those old dudes had.
So I have a few questions if you don't mind:
How old are you? How often did you ski last year? How "aggressively" do you think you skied? Do you remember any specific cases on falling on your outstretched arm (the one with the surgically repaired shoulder) or any crashes that hurt/affected it?
How is your shoulder now in general, does anything bother it? What are some stretches/strengthening exercises that you think are a good idea for me now or down the road?
Sorry for the long post, it's a great opportunity to hear from a fellow skier though.
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