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BJJ training and injuries

Hey all,

I've got a few questions regarding BJJ and my injury of the moment, a recently dislocated shoulder.

To give you a bit of back story, about two years ago, some friends and I decided to do some good ol' submission grappling in our backyard. Now this was before I had ever entertained the idea of training BJJ so I really had no idea what I was doing. Basically, I ended up rolling with a BJJ Blue belt and he beat me, handily (I expected no less). I shot a half assed takedown and my shoulder ended up making contact with his bent knee. My shoulder lost that battle and I ended up dislocating it. I got it reset in the ER and did the rehab steps, as instructed to me by an orthopedist.

After a few weeks, I regained full mobility and strength, so things were looking good with my arm and shoulder. I would sometimes have seemingly random muscle twitches at times but they were so inconsistent (once a month maybe) and minor so I considered them manageable. Well, after building my confidence back with my arm, I decided to give learning BJJ a shot. I went into a BJJ gym that I had heard good things about yesterday and decided to check the place out. Surprisingly,after some waiver signing, they let me immediately join in the class that was just starting. I got to participate in the warm ups, drills, and actual rolling. While practicing one of the drills with a student there, I was taken down. However, being a novice, I tried to break my fall with my right elbow, which ended up being a HORRIBLE idea. As soon as I hit the ground, I felt a pop and my arm immediately went numb. I was trying to work my way back to guard when he passed to side control. The pressure of his side control actually pop my shoulder in and the numbness began to subside. I continued rolling and finished up class, enrolled in their program and went to work after that. Although my shoulder still hurt later, it wasn't an emergency so I slept on it.

I woke up today with my arm still feeling very stiff and sore. My range of mobility was not at all close to what it was the night before. Thinking it was still dislocated, I went to an orthopedist, only to learn that I did, indeed, dislocate and relocate my shoulder. I'm going to schedule an MRI soon but there's possibly a dent in my bone that might be making it even easier for my shoulder to pop out (shoulder dislocations are very common once it's already happened). What I'm wondering is would corrective surgery to repair any stretched ligaments help me out in the long run? How reliable is the surgery? I don't think I could realistically progress in BJJ if my shoulder was popping out every time I made a mistake, nor do I know if I could retain confidence in my shoulder. I would like to keep learning BJJ (when it's safe to return to action) and I'm not sure whether I should get the surgery or simply rehab it and see how I feel in a few weeks.I'm going to discuss all this with my doctor and MMA coach, but any feedback would be appreciated. Anyone out there experienced joint injuries like this?


TL;DR: Dislocated shoulder (for the second time) on my first day of BJJ but I still want to keep learning. Is that a good idea? If so, surgery: Yes or No?

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