AC Joint Separation
25 Oct 2015

AC Joint Separation

Turns out today was a fine day to eat MTB shit!

25 Oct 2015

Turns out today was a fine day to eat MTB shit. It’s been a long time since I’ve rag doll’d off a bike at speed, and I can tell ya, at 48 years old, it gets your attention real fast that’s for sure! TBH not really sure what happened — given the snapped and bent spoke, probably a branch through the front wheel — but whatever did, unlike most MTB crashes I’ve had, it came outta nowhere.

The good news:

  • Mojo HD3 virtually unscathed. Front end needs a little love. Bike health IS the priority right?!
  • Body for the most part OK. Almost a get outta jail free!

The less good news:

  • Class 5 injury to the AC joint, requiring surgery to fix AKA your shoulder is kinda f*cked, for a while at least. Another broken collar bone would’ve been a lot more fun I’m guessing.

It turns out a nearby orthopedic surgeon specializes in an AC Joint reconstruction popular in sporting circles, where a hamstring or two is removed from your leg and then used in lieu of ligaments to bind the shoulders parts together… a DIY organic zip tie of sorts. Cool huh? Typically the procedure yields very good short and long term results.

So…  surgery later this week. Fingers crossed!


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  1. Kel October 28th, 2015 10:01PM

    Sorry to read about that Pete…advice (for what it’s worth) don’t get the graft hamstring harvest…get a second opinion.

    all the best with recovery…just had five weeks off bike with cracked scapula and dislocated elbow…yep, 47 is a tough crash time!