I broke my right shoulder 3 weeks ago while trail running. I tripped on a rock and tried to catch myself with arm extended: I broken the greater tuberosity of the humerus. As I understand it, it’s the outer bump on the bone where the rotator cuff attaches. I didn’t need surgery and recovery is going well: I ditched the sling and can move my arm without pain a bit further every day.
On the trainer, I can stay upright and get a decent workout. I wonder when it will be safe to get on the bike outside again. I can move my arm if I hold it with my other hand, but I cannot move it too far in any direction using the muscle (which pulls on the broken bit, as I understand it) without pain. The doc said I should wait 6 weeks (total) before even starting physio, but that sounds very conservative.
I checked whether I could reach the handlbars: I barely can without pain at this point. It’s a bit of a mystery to me how bones heal and whether pain is a good guide for what’s safe to do. Is the pain coming the broken bone, or from soft tissues that will need some physio work anyway ? Is there any risk starting to improve mobility before the 6 week mark ? Thanks !
Edit: not expecting a remote diagnostic obviously, just a bit of background education on the topic given the amount of intelligent people on this forum. The doc gave me his boilerplate recommendation of “6 weeks without moving”. I’'m not sure he had ever been on a bike himself so I didn’t try to get more advice…