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Discussion in 'New to Scuba Diving' started by Sean24776, Sep 17, 2017.

  1. Sean24776

    Sean24776 New Member

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    Hi,

    I'm looking for some advice, I had an operation to fix a problem with my shoulder dislocating about 15 years ago. I would like to try and gain my padi qualification but I'm worried the water pressures may affect my shoulder. I can swim and snorkel with no affect but refrain from diving into swimming pools etc. Anyone have any experience or encountered any problems whilst scuba diving.
     
  2. jb2cool

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    if you can swim you'll probably be fine but you probably need a Drs signature to sign you off for diving, ideally a diving doctor.
     
  3. NickPicks

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    I don't think the water pressure from the depth should cause a problem - most of the body (muscles and bones) is incompresible, and the pressure equalises all around the joint. There shouldn't be much sudden impact either, unless you have a problem rolling backwards or jumping in from a boat.

    But as JB recommends, get a diving doctor to have a look at it. The UK Diving Medical Council have a list of them here: http://www.ukdmc.org/medical-referees/
     
  4. Wibble

    Wibble Fish don't talk
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    PADI and most other agencies will play safe and will probably need a doctor's certificate.

    The main thing you'll need to do is be able to don your kit (arms backward into a harness, lifting kit, etc) and be able to "sweep" your arm behind you to grab a loose regulator hose (there'll be lots of YouTube videos showing this).

    Most diving movements are fairly innocuous and when in the water it's very gentle. The main issue is to be strong enough to lift the ~25kg of kit (cylinder + weights, etc). Other people do help you lift the kit as well.

    Assuming that your operation worked and you've normal movement without dislocating, it's unlikely to be a barrier for diving.

    Enjoy!
     
  5. hawk

    hawk Doing It Rong
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    I'm not aware of issues such as dislocations being addressed in the medical Q (they could be but I never read them :))

    I have multiple disclocations in my rugby past that I have:
    1 - never had any issues diving with
    2 - never disclosed / been asked about (AFAIK)
    3 - hadn't even considered until now
     
  6. Mako-JD

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    Hi Sean
    I also have a shoulder rotator cuff injury and snapped my long thoracic nerve when I was 19. Now 47. Apart from some loss of mobility in left arm (still need to try twinset and see if I can do shutdowns) I have no problems at all

    Check with a doc but I reckon you will be fine
     
  7. Alex Denny

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    I've broken and dislocated just about everything in 15 years of semi-pro rugby and never had any problems diving...
     
  8. Wibble

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    It's quite nice to have a cold compress on an affected joint. A couple of years ago I slipped and fell in all my dive kit and sprained my big toe. Jumped in and spent an hour in the cold at depth; I reckon that kept the swelling at bay!

    That's what I need for this sodding ankle. Some hydro-barometric therapy.
     
  9. JohnL

    JohnL Well-Known Member

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    I agree with the others, I've got muscular woes in one shoulder and a physiotherapist recently suggested going through a stretch routine several times a day - works wonders. This might be a help in keeping the muscles strong around the potential dislocation.
     
  10. Sean24776

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    Thanks all for the replies, that is a great help. I'm going to do a try dive then take it from there...
     

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