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    I bruised ribs twice this year already.

    The first time was while snowboarding at Mount Rose Ski Tahoe (near Reno, NV, USA) in February. I was barreling down the Upper Lakeview run on my way to the Lower Lakeview drop-in when a boy of about 12 cut across my path on the KC Traverse. He completely ignored the warning signs to wait and look uphill, and he had headphones on so he couldn't hear me yelling at him. I started to carve hard so I'd pass behind him but he saw me at the last second and froze like a deer in the headlights. My two choices were to plow him or to eat it, so I ate it.

    I've never cartwheeled that hard before... truly jarring. My right arm ended up whipping overhand to go underneath me just as I plowed onto my front, right side. The inner ball of my elbow became a tool of destruction as all my weight came down on it. 2 bruised ribs low on my right side, good and proper.

    The second time was just a few days after I got my MTB in May, my first ever and also the first time I'd been on a bike in over 20 years. My friend took me on the easy part of an intermediate trail (the beginning section of Thomas Creek) but I still managed to get myself into trouble on a 6 foot long, 1 foot wide, flexible wooden bridge over the creek. I did not have good balance on the bike yet so I didn't line up for the bridge very well, and by the time I was half way across it I was leaning hard. My front tire went off the bridge to the left side and all forward progress halted. I spilled forward and the left side of my chest smashed into the stem. I managed to roll the rest of the way out of it so the only visible damage were some pedal scratches on my left leg and some mud on my right shoulder, but I had bruised 2 more ribs, this time on the left side.

    I treated both instances the same, and had the same results both times. I used Ultram (a non-narcotic pain reliever, prescription required) for the first two weeks, took one week off from strenuous activity, wrapped my torso with an ace bandage for support until no longer necessary, used ice for the first 48 hours and heat after that.

    In both instances I was back to business after a week although the pain was present in varying degrees for about 8 weeks. For the Winter injury I also used some padding along with the ace wrap because we snowboarders tend to fall face first when we go down hard and I was worried about aggravating the injury more than it had to be if that occurred.

    There are few injuries that are as aggravating to me as bruised or broken ribs. Can't sit right, can't sleep right, loss of range of motion due to the pain... all for nothing. You can't stop breathing and you can't be immobilized so there's truly no need for your ribs to be letting you know they're in pain... it's just useless noise, and it goes on and on for weeks.

    It's the price we pay to do the things we do, though, and I suppose it beats getting casted and having to lay low for 2 months or more.

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    A mile off the Centennial Trail in northern Idaho, riding along the river. White shepard jumps onto the trail and takes out my back wheel (but not my leg!). I pull my left leg up to avoid the jaws of the white beast, hit the breaks, spin right, bo over the bars in a flip, land on my right shoulder/right side. Can't breath for 5 minutes...

    Crushed shoulder (no break) and bruised ribs. That was 8 days ago. Ribs are sore. Should is sore. Knees are sore. Lower back is sore. Like everyone else, rising from bed is the worst. Bottle of Vicadin was gone a couple of days ago! Ibuprofin is managing the pain...

    With all the stories about ribs and collar bones, there must be a market out here for some space age rib-protectors. Know of anything out there?

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    I had a crash on the 24th of last year and till this day it hurtts to sneeze or laugh hard.

    I WAS wondering how u guys get ur confidence back after crashing now am some what scared oh hit big jumps.
    any tippss????
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    ribs are wicked, man, no doubt.
    I feel the same way you do after pretty much any significant crash, kinda like you've lost your edge, feeling a little hopeless, emasculated. your body wasn't the only thing bashed up -- ego, too, not to mention the refresher course your survival instinct got.

    for me, I found that just getting back out there again, but taking it easy, worked pretty well for getting back into it once reasonably well recovered. just keep riding. the confidence will come back in time. you'll find that once you get your rhythm back, you'll start pushing yourself again a little bit at a time. the series of small triumphs will get you going. just concentrate on having fun again though, and you'll be less likely to psyche yourself out. don't beat yourself up for the crash. everyone crashes. if you don't crash, you're probably not riding on the edge of your limits. or, you're just that good

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    Quote Originally Posted by msgvb
    ribs are wicked, man, no doubt.
    I feel the same way you do after pretty much any significant crash, kinda like you've lost your edge, feeling a little hopeless, emasculated. your body wasn't the only thing bashed up -- ego, too, not to mention the refresher course your survival instinct got.

    for me, I found that just getting back out there again, but taking it easy, worked pretty well for getting back into it once reasonably well recovered. just keep riding. the confidence will come back in time. you'll find that once you get your rhythm back, you'll start pushing yourself again a little bit at a time. the series of small triumphs will get you going. just concentrate on having fun again though, and you'll be less likely to psyche yourself out. don't beat yourself up for the crash. everyone crashes. if you don't crash, you're probably not riding on the edge of your limits. or, you're just that good

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    i bruised my ribs last weekend when i crashed my bmx. the lower 3 on my right side are sore. ive broken those same three pretty bad a few years back to where they are deformed a bit(caved inward half an inch more then the left side)

    it didnt feel that bad the day after and since then ive continued to ride. i commute to work every day and ive gone one 3 mountain rides a road ride and road bmx on monday. untill yesterday my ribs were barely even giving me any pain at all but i wake up this morining and can barely sit up. i cant really walk around without leaning over like a troll.

    i dont have insurance so getting xrays can be a real hassle. i dont want to go just for them to say theyre bruised. my breathing is pretty normal but maybe a bit comprimised.
    to the touch they are very very sore. im just scared i did something to make it break or fracture and now its pushing on my muscles and lung?

    i dont even want to know how much xrays would cost.
    worst part of it is i have 3 mtb races next month. two of them are in a week and a half. one is my first super d.
    i know its a bad idea but how can i feel functionable by then?

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    I took a thirty foot tumble off of a drop two weeks ago. My most obvious injury was a broken wrist, but my back hurts like hell where I think I rolled over a rock. It feels like muscular injury and last friday I was moving something heavy and my muscles there seized up. I got some massages to loosen that stuff up and it worked but it still hurts!!! Idk whats up with my back, I think I have bruised ribs but idk.... when I press down on the sore spots it doesnt hurt so much, mostly when I stop pressing. I start work tomorrow My parents are gonna be pissed if I have to see a doctor about something else (I'm 19, but I cant pay...I have some lousy insurance)

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    So did you guys wait to start riding until you were completely recovered? Or did you start riding after it was mostly better? If so then did it prolong your recovery time or make your ribs hurt more?

    Im 2 weeks into my bruised rib recovery. Pain is much improved than the first week (which was terrible)
    I did a light road ride yesterday and ribs hurt more than they had afterwards (and this morning). Im wondering if I should not ride or exercise at all until the ribs heal entirely?
    The mountains are calling and I must go

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    My sternum took at least 5 weeks to be almost better.

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    I bruised mine over two months ago and in the morning I still have to get out of bed carefully to not yelp in pain, riding is fine until I get home, then it hurts like a b. Take is easy and after it feels 100% give it a couple more days.

    Best of luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterGene
    I bruised mine over two months ago and in the morning I still have to get out of bed carefully to not yelp in pain, riding is fine until I get home, then it hurts like a b. Take is easy and after it feels 100% give it a couple more days.

    Best of luck.
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    yeah thats about where I am right now, but over 2 months thats a long time! has it just stayed like that for a long time?

    I can deal with the pain in the morning and while lying down, but Id really like to get back to doing core workouts, and I cant while the ribs are sore
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    1st time down

    This sucks!!!! Its been 1 week since I endoed going super slow on a tight off camber switchback (Annadale, Lawndale Trail). I didnt even realize my ribs were hurt after I ate it because my knees and elbow were banged up. Like everyone else, the bed is my worst enemy and a cough or sneeze reminds me im hurt. The pain is bad, but only when im relaxed it seems. Its my 1st time down. I'm still kinda new to this super fun sport. From listening to most of the other posts, my bar end might have hit me in the chest.
    Couple questions:
    Should I ride or wait?
    I think Its #1 rib. Its the 1st bone below my collerbone. I have no Medical Ins. Has anyone buised this partical rib? If so, please tell me about it?

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    finally starting to get over my left rib bruise, went down on saturday and bruised the right ribs.

    im doing something wrong if every time i go down i bruise ribs.....
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    Since this seems to be a pretty long list of people who have had rib injuries and I have injured the same rib twice this season(first time, partially separated fracture, this time, I am 99% sure it was just bruised ribs in the same area), I thought this would be a good discussion to ask vs. starting a new thread so here it is. Did any of you look into wearing protective gear after your rib injuries and if so, what did you wear? I'm thinking of this partially for psychological reasons as well as making the home-front a little less worried. In looking around, I didn't find much but I found this rib protector for motorcycles that I saw a cyclist mention.

    http://www.forcefieldperformance.com...protector/2350

    Has anyone used this or anything else? I've gotten on the road bike a few times recently and am going crazy not getting on the mtb so finding something that might help protect the ribs a little would be very helpful! Also, I wear a HRM when I ride so wasn't sure if that would interfere at all. I'm guessing it would not.

    Thanks again!

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    Thats an interesting rib protector. I cracked my ribs about two months ago and the hit was on a flat angled rock. Really caused more of a flat high velocity impact and not sure how much a protector like that could diminish the effects of a smashing hit to the ribs? Certainly would provide some cushion and protection against protruding items that might gouge you though.

    I managed to have two different rib cage hammering "get-offs" last weekend. The first was shortly after the start of the ride when I fell and re-injured the same ribcage I hurt a couple of months back. I decided to forge forward on the ride and darned if I didn't overcook a turn about 15 minutes later and down I went smacking the other ribcage! Man I hate ribcage injuires and having both sides injured is a real joy, especially when you lie down or try to get up. I am 52 and it usually takes me 2-3 weeks to get mostly healed and another 2-3 to get all the kinks out. Not much you can do but suck-it up and take ibuprofen now and then.

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    Yea, I was wondering that too. One review that I read said that it redistributes 75% of the force so that the impact is much less. My first was on the handlebars and the second time was more of a hard ground impact so it's probably 50/50 for protecting my ribs. Ended up hurting the same rib both times for me so I think it wasn't completely healed anyway. Yea, sleeping is still the worst! I haven't slept without waking up in pain/discomfort since March. Gotta love it!

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    I need armor for family peace too!
    Which rib for you?
    And please describe the level of pain for bruise and fracture.
    I had my wife rub my back a little(my painful rib is in my chest) and the next morning I have sharp pains where she mildly rubbed.(shoulder blade area) it's been 9 days.

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    The doc said it was the 7th one on my right side. The first time(fracture), I felt like I had to breath lightly a lot of times or it would hurt so breathing constantly hurt. It seemed to get worse, then better, then worse again and usually different each day. That lasted for 4-6 weeks. I didn't ride at all for 8 weeks which is when I felt the pain was much better. I couldn't lift my arms above my head the first 4 weeks either. Not sure if it was my mind or not, but at times, I could feel a sharpness to the pain too.

    The second time (my guess is bruised the same area), I have had no struggle breathing deeply and only when I breath really deep did I feel anything. I've had some odd pains throughout that side of the ribs that makes me think it was more of a muscular issue. It's been 3 weeks now and I feel a ton better. I have been riding my road bike lightly for 1.5 weeks and although my HR was high on the light-medium ride, when I rode up the big hill near my house(my test of how am I feeling), I was gasping for breather(thank you asthma), but no pain at all. That was last Wednesday. Of course, the next morning when I woke up, I hurt. That is pretty much the same in both instances. Waking up from sleeping is no fun. I have to be very careful in how I move as to minimize the pain as I sit up from sleeping. I am guessing the body just settles in and is in an odd position.

    I'm thinking about getting that protector in order to get me out there quicker. my biggest thought was to see if anyone else had experience with anything better. Rib injuries seem to be a very nagging injury. My first time this year, I never felt fully back to normal before wrecking again but up until that wreck, I was having a great time and felt more comfortable than before. This brought me back to my senses a bit! Hope that helps. It definitely seems to take a long time to heal and fully healing takes even longer. Good luck!

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    lots of rib protection options out there. there are shirts with low profile rib pads sewn in, used for football hockey and lacrosse mainly. I have one of these
    http://www.*****sportinggoods.com/en...eProductSearch
    (shoulder caps come off) it breathes well.
    shockdoctor makes a good one that I plan on ordering
    http://www.shockdoctor.com/product/c...act-shirt.aspx

    for thicker hardshell padding, you can look at football rib protectors, and kart racing rib protectors. kart racing protectors are most likely to be hard shell yet still slim. do a search for "rib protectors" on google, ebay, or sports store.
    it is now football season so you may even be able to try them on at your local sports store

    this is my next step, as my 2nd rib bruise came through a DH armor jacket AND the DNA padded shirt.
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    Thanks for the desrcriptions mw.
    And thanks for the armor options Evan.

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    I'm in the bruised rib club as well. Had a bad crash last year and bruised a few ribs on my left side as well as strained intercostal muscles. It hurt to breath and getting out of bed made me feels as though I would pass out. I wanted to beat anyone who tried to make me laugh and sneezing was unbearable. Went to the ER two days after it happened just to make sure nothing was broken and the ER doc gave me some nice meds to make me feel all nice and relaxed.

    I was back on the bike in 4 weeks and finally pain free in about 6 weeks.

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    Today was the day 11 of my recovery from my endo resulting in some abrasions and number 1 and possibly 2 rib bruise. I went on a little 10 miler today and yes it was uncomfortable and a little painful, but no more than typing this, going to work, or sleeping. pretty much the same pain. There was a potential disaster at one point when my front wheel washed out, but I was able to unclip fast enough and plant my foot which hurt a little.Other than that I am glad I went. I actaully feel a little better.

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    Rib bruise - Day 2.

    Well this is the end of day 2 of my second rib bruising this year and it sucks as you cant do anything physical for a while. Damn you endo

    For those of you without insurance i think that if you dont have trouble breathing, and or arent spitting up blood, you do not require immediate medical attention.

    I find the only way to improve sleep is to immobilize yourself in bed, this also helps speed healing as if you rollover at night, not only will you wake up very rudely, youll aggrivate the bruise. Pillows at sides work reasonably well. I find the best pain killer by far is ganja(where applicable).

    Although ive been reading this site for a while and you guys helped me pick my new bike, this is my first post, go figure. Good luck to you all and a speedy recovery for those like me.

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    I am into my third week of healing after a second rib cracking this summer. This time it was two wrecks on one ride and cracking each side of my ribs so both rib cages have been aching at once. Arghh.. I am glad I am almost past it. My left side finally popped back into place earlier today relieving that gnawing discomfort. Just hope it holds this time. Usually I can lay on my back but not on my side but it has been ultra uncomfortable to lay on my back this time and the only way I have been able to sleep is on my side. You can buy a rib brace/wrap at the drug store that will help stabilize your ribs and help the healing process along, but the bottom line is just giving it time to heal.

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    cracked ribs, 12 weeks for complete healing.

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    Evan55, Thanks for the tip! I bought this one after searching around online (found it somewhere for $59.99 - http://www.shockdoctor.com/product/c...act-shirt.aspx)
    I took my first mtb ride yesterday after way too long off. only did 1 lap and slow it was but I did not fall again and having that rib protection gave me a little more confidence. Still don't want to actually test it out but if I am forced to, I am glad I have it. I doubt I'll use it for too long but until the rib feels completely ok and until I get my confidence back, it'll be with me every time! As for a review, I loved it. I didn't even feel it there while riding but it did make me sweat more. Not sure it was that much more though. I definitely liked the security it gave me! Thanks again!

    Quote Originally Posted by Evan55
    lots of rib protection options out there. there are shirts with low profile rib pads sewn in, used for football hockey and lacrosse mainly. I have one of these
    http://www.*****sportinggoods.com/en...eProductSearch
    (shoulder caps come off) it breathes well.
    shockdoctor makes a good one that I plan on ordering
    http://www.shockdoctor.com/product/c...act-shirt.aspx

    for thicker hardshell padding, you can look at football rib protectors, and kart racing rib protectors. kart racing protectors are most likely to be hard shell yet still slim. do a search for "rib protectors" on google, ebay, or sports store.
    it is now football season so you may even be able to try them on at your local sports store

    this is my next step, as my 2nd rib bruise came through a DH armor jacket AND the DNA padded shirt.

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    the fact that this thread is two pages long makes me feel better...haha...im broke my rib last year...didnt know it till a week later when i sneezed,...now i have a bruised rib cage and it hurts a lot more!....i slamed on sunday...rode the next sat...think i made it worse....its sooo sore now lets see what happends by this weekend....

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    I guess I'm in the club as well. I hope I am better for next as we will be in St. George. So, hopefully I can ride Gooseberry.

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    Pretty sure I either cracked or did some major internal bruising around my right rib after an endo this weekend in the trails where the handle bar jabbed into my chest as I came tumbling down.

    I had a similar injury about 10yrs ago and it felt like a constant cramp..Hurts to cough, laugh or twisting of the arms or hips. It doesn't hurt to breath hard so I'm riding into work but will probably stay off the mtb for awhile. Expect to heal within 6wks..if it is a fractured rib. Otherwise if its just bruising I should be fine in about a week or so.

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    I didn't read every post but I probably have the record. A month ago today I broke 7 ribs, one twice and my collarbone on a small jump that went bad. Considering getting on the trainer for the first time to celebrate the day!

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    Bruised 3 or 4 ribs on the left side last Sunday on a technically crazy trail. I feel much better a week later, I rode the streets around my neighborhood yesterday and today. The ride went better than I expected.

    I am getting where I can cough with a minimum of pain. Actually I am surprised that the healing is going this quickly I expected more grief. ( I had plenty the first 3 or 4 days )

    I could probably do the trails now but one crash on the injured ribs would be excruciating. I think I am gonna wait until they are close to perfect and just ride the streets in the meantime.

    This rib bruising thing has made me take a serious look at body armor. Even though I only ride trails, the old phrase " better safe than sorry " is starting to have a whole new meaning for me . I like the look of this this company's stuff http://www.forcefieldperformance.com...adventure/2347 Their rib protector was mentioned earlier in this thread.

    Anyway, best of luck to all here, I feel your pain.


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    Update: Back on the trails as of 4/9/11
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    I'd rather be riding than healing, body armor is your friend !

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    Took a spill a couple of weeks ago on my 2nd mtb ride of the season. I did a jump on a trail that I had not ridden before on a new bike and took a bar end and tire to the right ribs. It was painful but not too bad at the time. I managed to ride another 6 or so miles and completed the ride albeit in pain. I rode again a few days later with a little discomfort but again nothing major. However it has been getting worse and now 2 weeks later I am in some discomfort just sitting on the couch. I cracked a rib 3 years ago on the left side and then bruised ribs again on the left side just over a year ago and I remember the Doc saying that the pain could come and go and that it could take a few months to completely heal. This most recent spill didn't seem as bad as the others but I am getting a little concerned that it is feeling worse and not better.

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    Is there any value to going to a doc for banged up ribs? I had a spill early in a race on Saturday and took a handlebar end right to a rib, the pain was manageable for the rest of the race but it's been getting progressively more uncomfortable the last two days. It's really quite painful (seeing stars when I shift in my sleep), but nothing is shifting around and normal breathing is mostly painless, so I'm inclined to think that it's just a bruise or crack. From the bit of research I've done it sounds like a doctor is just going to confirm that damage was done and tell me to lay off for a bit which sounds like a waste of his time and mine.

    Oh, and make sure to check your bike has plugs on the ends of the bar, mine would have taken a core sample if they hadn't been there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brassnipples
    Is there any value to going to a doc for banged up ribs? I had a spill early in a race on Saturday and took a handlebar end right to a rib, the pain was manageable for the rest of the race but it's been getting progressively more uncomfortable the last two days. It's really quite painful (seeing stars when I shift in my sleep), but nothing is shifting around and normal breathing is mostly painless, so I'm inclined to think that it's just a bruise or crack. From the bit of research I've done it sounds like a doctor is just going to confirm that damage was done and tell me to lay off for a bit which sounds like a waste of his time and mine.

    Oh, and make sure to check your bike has plugs on the ends of the bar, mine would have taken a core sample if they hadn't been there.
    not really. even if your ribs are broken there is no change in treatment. i went to the doc when i bruised mine bad and they took an xray but it didnt matter either way. its a good 6 weeks until you will feel better.
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    separated vs. broken

    Quote Originally Posted by AZDesertRat
    I'm learning how much rib injuries suck. I've been off the bike for 9 days now after a pretty nasty OTB incident, and I'm going nuts. Every time that I think, "hey, it doesn't hurt as bad today", the pain shows back up. In all honesty, it doesn't feel much different than it did when the pain first kicked in 100%, but I guess the pain has gotten slightly better (or I'm just getting used to it). I haven't been to the doc, so I don't know if they're bruised, cracked, separated, or what. I'm kind of thinking they aren't cracked, since I'm guessing the pain would be more severe than what I'm experiencing (though the pain is significant). At any rate, this sucks. I have mixed emotions while reading all of these posts about long recovery times. On one hand, I feel better knowing that it isn't uncommon at all to still be in pain 9 days later but, on the other hand, it makes me sick to think I'll be off the bike for much longer. I might have to start going to the gym and using the cycle machine just to keep in shape while I'm sidelined.
    Actually, my doc said the pain from separated ribs can be greater and longer lasting than for broken ones. By "separated" he meant damage to the cartilage that holds them to the sternum(?). Not that it really matters, as the treatment for both seems to be the same...nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brassnipples
    I had a spill early in a race on Saturday and took a handlebar end right to a rib, the pain was manageable for the rest of the race but it's been getting progressively more uncomfortable the last two days.
    The "progressively more uncomfortable" part catches my eye here. I'm trying to remember back when I whacked my own ribs a couple years ago, whether there was a progression in pain at first or not. Honestly, my memory isn't clear on that point.

    If your pain levels don't stabilize after a few days, you might consider a doctor just for your own peace of mind.

    When I whacked my ribs in a crash a couple of years ago, I just toughed it out. I hate going to the doctor and paying all that money only to get either no treatment, or just palliative treatment such as pain relief. So I am generally in the tough-it-out camp until I become certain that there is something a doctor can do that goes beyond pain-relief towards actual healing.

    It is true, btw, that the treatment for bruised and cracked ribs is to just tough it out. Years ago, doctors would sometimes wrap a patient's chest. I've read though, that such wrapping leads to problems with fluid build up in the lungs. My understanding (and I am not a qualified medical person) is that current thinking suggests it is better to not restrict lung movement, to let the lungs move even though it hurts in order to avoid problems w/pneumonia. Like I say, I'm no doctor, but the foregoing is my current understanding.

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    I fractured a couple of ribs two yrs ago. I clipped some roots that I have been across many times before, this time it tossed me! I just tuffed it out, off the bike for about 3 months. sucked,l missed May thru August of the riding season! don't, cough, laugh nor wake up in the mornings! recently I bruise some ribs when I hit a speed bump after a long 75 mile road ride., I was tired and wasn't paying attention! Its been about 3 weeks (almost healed up) and I continue to ride, but no jumps, bunny hops, manuals. just wheels on the ground.stuff. This time I went to the Chiro, He x rayd, electro stim, iced and Physical therapy and massage therapy. The 2 very attractive therapist helped the most, for the short term anyways! so did the 1000mgs of Tylenol, lmao!!

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    Is there any value to going to a doc for banged up ribs?

    Quote Originally Posted by brassnipples
    Is there any value to going to a doc for banged up ribs? ...
    A MD visit can tell you whether you have bruised or broken ribs.
    A Chiro or Osteopath may be able to move a displaced ribs back into place. Otherwise it may heal in the wrong place or never heal correctly.

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    New member to the bruised/cracked ribs club checking in.

    I was very slowly, perhaps too slowly negotiating an off camber downhill switchback when I went down hard on my right side. Not sure how it happened, didn't even have time to try to unclip. I hit the ground with my forearm between my rib cage and the ground. I couldn't breath at all for a minute or two and thought I might need to be carried off the trail. Once I got my breath back, I dusted myself off and continued to ride at a slower pace for a few more miles at which point the ribs started hurting so I turned back to the trail head and went home.

    Now I'm eating Vicodin sitting on the couch watching TV while it's perfect riding weather.

    It's all I can do to keep from screaming in pain when I try to lay down or get up from bed. Guess I'll be off the bike for a few weeks now.

    On the bright side, I get a pass from doing yard work for a while.

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    A second visit to the MD and an x-ray show a fractured right 7th rib. Good times...not.

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    Fun right? I'm a week and a half in on my bruising. It felt like I broke something the day of and after but I think it's healing too quickly to be broken. Sneezing still makes me pause from absolute pain and laying down hurts like hell when I turn but everything else is OK for the most part. Maybe reaching up for stuff.

    Anyway, I went for a ride just this last saturday, a week after the accident, and riding was OK. Dropping off of anything was painful so I just stuck to the xc trails.

    It'll heal quick enough. My fall was enough to give me a light concussion, talk about a weird feeling. Hell, I might have cracked a rib. I never went to the doctor but everything looks fine visually and nothing feels swollen or out of place when I go over them with my fingers, there's really nothing they can do other than tell me to take it easy and let it heal.

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    Rule of Thumb for ribs....

    8 weeks

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    I'm in!

    A week ago I was out riding with a friend. We began to pick up speed on a slight downhill, rocky section and I told him I was going to back off and put some room between us. No sooner had I said that, when I caught my left grip on a tree, had the handlebars rip from my hands and landed rib first onto a wonderfully solid boulder, stone / whatever. There was a pronounced POP and immediate tightness. Finished of the ride going another 20 miles, just trying to "ride it out."

    Things got worse at home.

    After a few days, I went for x-rays and found out I had fractured my 10th rib on the left side.

    Pain continued to build in my chest / sternum area over the course of the week and this morning when shifting in bed slightly there was a NEW POP with shooting pain. Good times.

    So now I'm guessing fractured 10th rib, and possibly detached rib / from the sternum, based upon my symtoms.

    Planning on going to a sports doctor this week to have MRI done to check for soft tissue damage.

    Sooo, one week in and this is as bad as it's been.

    I'd prefer not to be a member of this club. Was at the best physical condition of my life since high school, and I'm 43 now.

    What's up with all the trees and rocks in the woods anyway?

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    Quote Originally Posted by msgvb View Post
    wellt, it's official -- four separated ribs.
    took a spill off a stupid little jump this past Saturday morning and tucked my arm in instinctively to roll out of it. didn't get the opportunity for the roll part and took the brunt of the hit sliding on my shoulder and tucked in upper arm, which transfered the impact to my chest.

    I figured I just had some bruised ribs, having had that fun experience before, but something about this injury felt different. after reading this post and doing a little reading about rib injuries on the web last weekend, I suspected separation. Doc confirmed it for me yesterday, the pain having worsened the day before.

    anyway, I've got a rib belt on and some decent drugs. he says it'll probably take between 3 and 5 weeks until it feels better.

    so, I've been wondering about the chest & shoulder protector gear, or a flak jacket type. I think something like that would have prevented this injury. thing is, our trails aren't that aggressive, so I'd feel like a goon wearing this stuff out there considering that I don't hit the dirt jumper hills, mostly just those little jumps and platforms on our trails. frankly, I was just having an off day and made a silly error that landed me here. any of you guys wearing that stuff?
    I know this post is like five years old now but I think what you describe explains what I am feeling. I lost it in a berm and landed hard on my shoulder, body armor protected the shoulder so no pain there, but I felt what seemed liked my ribs compressing and a small pop from what is in between them. It hurts a bit to breath deep or blow my nose or cough but I was still able to ride most of the trails on lower whistler yesterday which was the day after but now today it is a bit more tender. I knew I had not broken anything but was not sure what I did but a separation makes sense.

    I am back in whistler next week Friday for 7 days so I hope most of the pain is gone by then. It hurts but does not seem nearly as bad as most of you.
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    Might as well add to the thread - just had my first major crash on some Colorado singletrack... pretty mad as I had already rode that part of the trail before and it was straightforward. Second time around I made the descent, and at the end there was a nice washboarded out section of trail. Must have tapped the front brake wrong at the bottom of one of the divots and before I knew it, I was slammed into the ground at a high rate of speed.

    Nice scraped up arm, shoulder, and love handle ... knocked the wind out of me and tweaked my back. Day after, back was fine, but I noticed I had some surface numbing in the love handle region. Two days later, and I really stared to feel pain in the front ribs... lines up nicely with where my elbow probably was when I hit the ground.

    Half a week later, and now it's hard to sleep in several positions, breathing hard/deep (while riding of course) hurts, and the worst is sneezing. So far I'm toughing it out, but I'm wondering if eventually a Chiro visit is in order. I'll probably wait the rest of the week out and see how it goes.

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    I did had the biggest endo of my life 2 two weeks ago and landed hard on my right side. Ribs hurt immediately. I rode another 7 miles or so, but eventually had to cut the ride short because I was in too much discomfort. The first three days or so were brutal, everything hurt. Then gradually they started feeling better and better... weird thing is that on my road bike, they felt perfectly fine. I even did a century ride one week after the crash with minimal discomfort.

    Yesterday morning I tried going for a run before work and thought I was going to die about 1/4 mile in, so I stopped. Then throughout the day the pain got worse and worse to the point that I was in agony by the time I left work around 4:30.

    I decided to set up a DR appointment and will go find out what's up today... all I can say is that this sucks!! Sleeping on my right side has been miserable since the day it happened. I just want to get a good nights sleep here soon and get these damn ribs/muscles healed up!
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    Man do I sympathize with you guys. I wish we had one big giant broken rib house we could all hang out in and scream and moan and share meds. I am 6 days into my cracked ribs and the pain just gets worse and worse it seems. I went to the ER from the trail and then my Doctor early this week. As everyone else has stated, unless there is a shard or fragment that could possibly deflate a lung, there is no treatment other than rest and ice. I was prescribed some Vicodin, and while it helps, it also makes me feel a little too weird, so I will be happy to be off it soon. I know we are not supposed to wrap them for fear of pneumonia, but I have found some relief from periods of tightly wrapping them. I miss riding more than anything else, and the way they feel now, can't envision being able to ride anytime soon. Totaly sucks.

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    Sorry to hear that ghettocop, hopefully you'll heal up quickly and be riding soon...

    It turns out I have a severely strained intercostal muscle, torn cartilage and small fracture on the 'floating' rib... here's to hoping I'll be able to heal quickly! I have a sprint race on Oct 6th and then a two day 180 mile charity ride on the 13th/14th.
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    Well i'm 8 weeks out from a chostochondral separation and bruised ribs and can do everything pretty normally but sleeping comfortably on that side.

    7 days post accident were the worst when the rib popped out in the night with an grinding sound followed by excruciating pain. The best thing I found for good sleep to lie on my good side and put a a pillow behind my back, one between my knees, one in front of my chest and an extra one under my head. Lot's of pillows but worked a treat, although my wife was pissed she had little room in the bed.

    Hope you guys get better soon

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    Things to avoid with rib injury...

    - Breathing deep
    - Sneezing
    - Laughing hard
    - Sitting up from a laying down position
    - Getting out of car
    - Sleeping (especially on your side)
    - Hugs
    - Washing your back in the shower
    - Bending over to tie your shoes
    - Lifting stuff
    - Jumping
    - Twisting

    OK, I'm 7 days in to my rib injury (sustained by taking a handlbar to the ribs during an OTB). I went for a ride yesterday...I couldn't take it any more. It still hurts! So, I guess I should add...
    - Mountain biking

    Apparently, the rib bone is connected to...EVERYTHING!!!!

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