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    Broke both wrists

    Yesterday along with a lot of scrapes cuts and bruises, I sprained my shoulder and broke both wrists. Pretty bummed out today. This has been my first year back on a mtn bike in a few years and was really enjoying it. I need to see a hand specialist tomorrow, but am expecting to be in casts for 4 to 6 weeks. I really hope there are no lasting issues with the wrists that will prevent me from getting back in the saddle.

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    Don't let that fire go out, you'll get healthy in no time.

    So, how long did it take to type this?

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    Hope you experience a full recovery. It could very well be any of us any given day.

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    Good luck and I wish you the best and quickest recovery possible, sorry for your misfortune and get well soon!

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    Be nice to your wife now
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    There was a guy on a 200-mile road ride I did earlier in the summer who had broken both wrists 6 weeks earlier. He finished in 10 hours.

    That may not be a typical recovery period for this injury, but it's cause for some optimism.

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    Thanks for the encouragement everyone. For now, I just need to adjust a bit to getting along with duel casts. Gonna be interesting.

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    There are many injuries that are called "broken wrists". When I broke mine, an acquaintance said "yeah, I broke mine, six weeks later I was all healed!" Six weeks later I was just getting out of my cast followed by six months of PT to be able to use my hand.

    Maybe your injuries are similar to that other guy, maybe like mine. Either way, just take your recovery as it comes.
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    Just broke my left wrist at Whistler on Saturday. Radial distal fracture which is apparently not so bad. Cast comes off in a month. Dr gave me a sideways look when I said I will be right back on the bike on 10/13.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy View Post
    There are many injuries that are called "broken wrists". When I broke mine, an acquaintance said "yeah, I broke mine, six weeks later I was all healed!" Six weeks later I was just getting out of my cast followed by six months of PT to be able to use my hand.

    Maybe your injuries are similar to that other guy, maybe like mine. Either way, just take your recovery as it comes.
    This. Broke my radius in a car accident (elderly man rammed us into a meridian) and I won't have my cast off for close to 6 weeks (only a couple to go). Even then the bone won't be fully healed/fused. It'll still be relying on the huge plate and bunch of screws holding it together.

    Yeah it'll heal but the waiting sucks. I used to ride daily. Now I'm sitting around getting fat watching the last warm days pass me by.

    Looks like the wife is getting a new frame out of it. Her bike got pretty jostled during the collision.

    Anyhow, healing vibes sent your way. Having one broken arm sucks, I can't imagine two.

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    I still have the metal they put in. They didn't even mention getting it taken out later. It's been five years. I never notice it's in there. I always mention it's there when I go through screening at airports and such but I've never set off any alarms
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    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy View Post
    I still have the metal they put in. They didn't even mention getting it taken out later. It's been five years. I never notice it's in there. I always mention it's there when I go through screening at airports and such but I've never set off any alarms
    My wife works in orthopedics (OR nurse on ortho team), she said it's rare to remove plates, pins, screws etc. Unless it causes difficulty of movement or pain they just leave it in. Be interesting to see if I set anything off since I travel fairly often. Surgeon said chances are low, but I'll be provided with plenty of documentation just in case.

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    Looks like I will be having surgery on both wrist, that will include plates and screws. First surgery is tomorrow morning and will be on my radial bone. The fracture was separated and will need to be pinned and plated back together. My understanding is this one should take too long to heal. On Monday I'll be having surgery on the scaphoid bone in my right hand. This one is supposed to be a tough one to heal due to blood flow. I was given the open of no surgery, but in a cast for a minimum of 12 weeks or have the operation and cut it down to closer to 4 weeks. At this point I'm staying optimistic that I'll be a quick healer.

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    Should be a quick surgery (hour in OR or less). Remember to not eat!!!! People forget all the time then get sent home.

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    Can you imagine if you weren't married or have a gf? Woah!

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    That sucks.... Hopefully you have a quick recovery!!

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    Yikes. How did you crash?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Windout22 View Post
    Yesterday along with a lot of scrapes cuts and bruises, I sprained my shoulder and broke both wrists. Pretty bummed out today. This has been my first year back on a mtn bike in a few years and was really enjoying it. I need to see a hand specialist tomorrow, but am expecting to be in casts for 4 to 6 weeks. I really hope there are no lasting issues with the wrists that will prevent me from getting back in the saddle.
    that sounds painful

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