So.... I was playing in a tournament in Maine back in December. I got crunched against the boards and heard some cracking and was in immediate pain. I had labrum surgery after a dislocation on the same shoulder back in September of 2018 so I know exactly what a dislocation feels like and this was different. I saw an athletic trainer immediately after the hit and she told me to sit the rest of the game out and see how it felt the next day after showing her that I could barely lift my arm above my head. Long story short I didn’t play the next day. Headed home back to RI on the bus with the team after missing that game and every bump would cause excruciating pain. Saw my athletic trainer when we got back and he said it looked like I had barely suffered a grade 1 separation. I was skeptical but he seemed pretty positive and had been an athletic trainer for a very long time. He told me to sit out a week or so and see how it felt. So I sat out a week and had very little improvement so I decided to head to an orthopedist to get another opinion. Saw the orthopedist he ran some tests and felt both shoulders. I do not have a visible bump but if you feel both shoulders at the same time, there is a significant difference. The x-rays did not show anything but he said it was a grade 2 separation. He told me to sit out 3-4 weeks and once I had regained full range of motion I could return to playing. I sat out for 4 weeks without doing anything. I definitely felt way better but still not 100%. Because of this I decided to sit out another week. After 5 weeks from the injury I was still not at 100% but I had full range of motion and got sick of watching my team play from the stands every weekend. So at the beginning of week 6 I started practicing (Non contact) to be ready For the following weekend. Shortly after, I started to do contact and felt pretty good. The last practice before our game, I took a backhand shot and tweaked my shoulder. This sidelined me for another weekend of hockey and I began to grow extremely frustrated after now sitting out for 6 full weeks. I decided to see the orthopedist who did my shoulder surgery back in 2018. He did another x-ray and said everything appeared normal. I explained where my pain was coming from and what motions were causing it. He told me that I had suffered a grade 2 separation. Because I was already at the 6 week mark, he told me to just rest it until I felt good to go again. So, the following Monday I found myself back out on the ice doing full contact. I have been playing since then but have been dealing with some issues. I am at the 3 month mark now (about 12 weeks) and I still experience aches and pain almost daily. I pretty much have full range of motion. The biggest thing is I still feel like I don’t have full strength. I work at a hockey shop and I experience pain and feel like I don’t have full strength when I tie skates on customers. It is excruciating pain on the top of my shoulder. To get to my point, I was wondering if this is normal for a grade 2 separation. If anyone has any advice I am open to that too. Thanks!