Bruised ribs...how long?

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  • 11-27-2006
    lobolator
    Bruised ribs...how long?
    My ribs and the muscles around them are so sore. How long before they start feeling better. I'm looking for the answer that includes riding with the healing time. Unless I really shouldn't be riding(yeah right). I feel ok when I'm riding but at night....ouch where's the ibuprofen.
  • 11-27-2006
    chucko58
    IME, could be a couple weeks before the pain fades away completely, could be a few months, depending on how hard and where you hit. If you didn't break anything - and in some cases, even if you did - there's nothing the doc can do for you anyway. So get right back out there and ride!
  • 11-28-2006
    mroneeyedboh
    yeah ribs are a b itch. they can hurt for months. and then when you think the pain is gone, you take a deep breath in and here comes the sharp pains again. rib injuries suck bad.
  • 11-29-2006
    CANBONSAN
    Sore Ribs
    I am going on my fourth week of sore ribs after a hard fall. Of course I could have done things to improve the healing time ( like not repeating the fall three days after the original injury on a night ride) like ice ibupofrin. I took five days off the bike after that. Like your experience it feels fine on the bike but sleeping on my prefered left side hasn't been comfortable for a month.
  • 11-30-2006
    trailville
    I'm going on 3 months and still have pain when lying down but it's gradually getting better. I was riding again (carefully) within a week and after about a month my ribs didn't really interfere with anything I did (except for lying down).
  • 11-30-2006
    rafdog
    I had one that was bad for about a month and then lingered (laying on side) for another...it was forgotten after being replaced by a nasty thigh bruise from handlebar that has been going on fer weeks....thank you sir may I have another.
  • 12-03-2006
    blackjack
    Popped the ribs on my left side a couple of weeks ago, after over-cooking a fast, loose corner. Didn't even hit them on anything, just the force of the impact. The rest of the injuries are healed up, but the ribs are still giving me hell.

    I thought they were on the road to recovery, until my wife leaned on them in bed......, CRACK, and that was the ribs.

    The Doc said I just separated the original tear in the muscle/cartilage/rib again or some such. Two weeks of light duties at work (means driving a desk) and no riding....bugger.

    The Doctor did say that the injury could easily be aggravated, causing a break, which I would be looking at six weeks of the bike etc.

    Time heals, apparently.
    Stay safe.
  • 12-10-2006
    8Trak
    Bruised ribs suck... I'm sure broken ribs are even worse. Healing time of course depends on each injury, but I found that they stop hurting during the day and while biking before they stop hurting while lying down in bed, or worse, getting out of bed.

    BTW, I hurt mine most recently when I crashed while off the back of the saddle.... the seat speared me right above my diaphragm. Before that, it was a snowboarding injury... crashed on and into a boulder submerged in deep powder. Ouch and ouch.
  • 12-21-2006
    devinjo
    I endo-ed and cracked a rib and banged up a load of others. Went to the chiro -could hardly breath without searing pain when I went in and could breath easily when I left. After a couple more visits I was able to get back on the bike 2 weeks to the day and had an awesome ride!. I Do have one cracked rib but they were able to "fix" the rest!!:thumbsup:
  • 12-25-2006
    elsinore
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by devinjo
    I endo-ed and cracked a rib and banged up a load of others. Went to the chiro -could hardly breath without searing pain when I went in and could breath easily when I left. After a couple more visits I was able to get back on the bike 2 weeks to the day and had an awesome ride!. I Do have one cracked rib but they were able to "fix" the rest!!:thumbsup:


    Who did you see? Chiro?

    I cracked a few two weeks ago, and they still feel the same as the day they were smashed.
    Endoed and landed with my chest on a rock, also got a hairline fracture in my thumb, while Im trying to get the thumb squared away, the doc said there was nothing I could do for the ribs, I have been using ice with little results. I think my abdominal muscles really took a beating as well beaucse they are aching just as bad as the ribs.

    any advice appreciated, thanks.
  • 12-27-2006
    devinjo
    Quote:

    Who did you see? Chiro?
    Saw the ER to diagnose the cracked rib and the chiro did an xray and then put the ribs back. ER doctor said there was nothing to be done for the ribs, too.;) They seem to think the chiro is a voodoo witch doctor!:out:
  • 12-28-2006
    stevefo
    I'm in the RIB club.:D

    I had a nice little endo on Christmas Eve'. Came down and broke the bar end with my chest muscles and the impact I took on the ground knocked my breath out and I was flopping around like a fish out of water.:eek: It took about 10 minutes to get back on the bike and finish the ride out in pain. The real kicker is when I woke up on Christmas day and I could not move. I wonder if I have a cracked rib:confused: I started popping 800 mg of Ibuprophen 3 times a day. Today is the 28th and the pain is still bad. I am supposed to go riding tomorrow. The Wife is pissed that I may go. She said no freakin way:nono:
  • 12-28-2006
    mtnkiwi
    Bruised ribs from landing on my handlebar put me out for about a month, the next time I rode I was sooooo slow. My mate cracked some ribs in October, I think they hurt like hell for the first 6weeks to 2 months. The x-ray didn't really pick up on the cracks, but they were there as the doctor admitted on the second viewing. Hope you get better soon mate. Don't ride if they really hurt after the ride, you are just prolonging the healing time by damaging the injured area again. If you need to stay fit just do some slow road rides, no hopping curbs and getting carried away:nono: . Take care
  • 12-28-2006
    Rainman
    Ribs...
    I've had broken ribs several times ... from racing, windsurfing, biking and climbing...:madmax:


    It sux.

    Getting upright from a prone position on your bed is the worst, imo. I had a length of climbing rope attached to the foot of my bed to help me sit up last time I broke three ribs.

    I used to have to slowly pull myself into a sitting position whilst trying not to yell with the pain from the broken bits...:eekster:

    Broken ribs are the pits!

    A good chiro can set them back in place so that they don't hurt quite as much, but one wrong move and they 'pop' out again.. :mad:

    My wife fell while walking the dog recently and landed with her fist against her upper chest, which probably cracked a rib. She is in extreme pain from it.

    Time is about the only thing that makes you come good again.


    R.
  • 12-28-2006
    simplton
    I had the smack-down by the hand of gawd. Landed chest 1st on a root jutting from the ground. I knew immediately something didn't feel right. Cut my ride short and went back to the car. Three days later went to the doc. X-rays didn't reveal anything to him so he said he'd have the radiologist look and call me if something looked broken. I felt the pain for about two and a half months. Three weeks ago I broke my collar bone. When I went to see the orthopedic surgeon before my surgery he says, "I see you've just had three broken ribs. Are they still bothering you?" I'm like, "huh?". So yeah, the radiologist never called me to tell me about my busted ribs but I knew in my mind they were fubar. Oh well. Ribs feel fine now, just waiting for my shoulder to heal up.

    later,
    simp


    p.s. Endos suck.
  • 12-28-2006
    blackjack
    Had my first ride yesterday, a full month after busting up my chest.
    The actual pain from the injury went away about a week ago, but with Christmas and all, I stayed off the bike until then.

    I'm glad I did at the end of the day, as I didn't have any physical problems from the injury.
    I was very cautious however. Felt pretty good though.
    Dragging the extra kilos up the climbs however, was a different matter.

    Time heals. Let the body do it's thing. I'm sure the pain is telling you something.
    Good luck.
  • 12-29-2006
    BelaySlave
    I had a bad crash at Tamarack on Labor Day. Long story short...nothing broken, but definately bruised. That first week or so sucked cuz it hurt so bad. The first couple of times back on the saddle the ribs hurt. And to this day...I still have soreness in my right ribcage when doing certain things.

    It just takes time.

    Nick
  • 04-25-2007
    muddywings
    just did it
    yeah, got me some cracked ribs. Stalled out going up a nice techy section and couldn't unclip one side (the side I ended up falling on). Put my hand out to stop the fall as I was going down and backwards and as soon as my hand hit the rock I was headed for, it just slipped right off without slowing me down a bit. BAMM. OUCH! Everything got bright and cold and then didn't feel so good in the ole tummy! Finally after slowing my breathing I got up and biked the last 1/2 mile.
    Didn't hurt to much till I went to bed, now I dread sleeping! Oh well, a few weeks out I guess. Any good suggestions besides motrin and ice?
  • 05-09-2007
    ZoSoSwiM
    Just bruised my lower right side ribs a little.
    Sunday: long steep smooth downhill. Nothing to worry about. EXCEPT a large bump, basically a kicker at the bottom. I attempted to suck it up and roll the jump and not get lots of air because of the coming corner. My back wheel rises up and I try to shift backwards. My shorts caught the seat and I nose manualed for maybe 10 feet. My shorts slip free and my seat rises up and slams me in the ribs. I'm still clipped in and sitting behind my back tire on the ground.


    It doesn't hurt much doing regular activities or even riding for that matter. Coughing, sneezing, and blowing my nose hurt though. Oddly enough it feels more like an Ab injury than my ribs, but I've never hurt my ribs before.

    (Note: I have no outward signs of injury.. which sucks... bruising at least would show me the spot I hit..)

    I feel everyones pain on this one!
  • 05-09-2007
    micky
    bruised ribs suck
    I bruised mine when a trail I was on (next to a creek) literally collapsed and I fell about 6 feet onto rocks. At the time, I was training for an xterra triathlon. It took about 3 or 4 weeks before I could ride again.

    What was weird was, the more technical the ride, the easier it was on me, probably because I had to get of my seat a lot. I was able to do mtbike rides comfortable before I could do roa rides, runs or even swimming. Go figure.

    It is real important that you stay healthy. If you get a cough or sneeze a lot with bruised ribs, you may literally start crying from the pain.
  • 05-23-2007
    mtbchik
    Ohhhhh!
    Yeah, I'm there rehabbing now. I have become the master of the silent sneeze!

    At least you guys don't have to deal with wearing a Bra! Happy for little ones at the moment. ;)

    http://forums.mtbr.com/womens-lounge/broken-ribs-300309.html
  • 05-24-2007
    Nocturnus
    I brused my ribs 2x in one year (same side) and once time was during my allergy season, so i was in all kinds of paint form coughing and sneezing.. It sucked big time.
  • 05-25-2007
    TrekJeff
    Just coming out of a bad deep bruise from about two weeks ago. Endoed and landed on the handle bar end, the other end when into the turf about two inches. Hurt like a MFker. Laughing, sneezing, deep breaths, picking anything over 10 pounds up....just plain h ell. Not much could be done other than taking good old vitamin Motrin. Things are hardly tender, although when I was healing and still commuting I would one hand it most of the way, putting any pressure on that side was..well I've mentioned that already
  • 07-03-2007
    Bushman71
    You guys ROCK :thumbsup: ...My buddies are calling me crazy..I thought I was the only die hard mountain biker..at least around here. 4 wks ago I fractured my right ankle downhill riding Collingwood Ont. Just 2 dayz ago I was riding a fire lane close to Ellicotville NY when I took a header over the bars and either bruised or broke the ribs on my right side.. Hurts like H E L L... Thank the docs they gave my lots of pain killerz for the ankle... So once again I'm down for the count for at least a week away.. Till the next accident.. GET R DONE!!!
  • 07-09-2007
    MightyTurtle
    Funny, I was just gonna come here and ask about bruised ribs, because it happened to me today. Was out doing recon laps for a race this weekend, just riding a nice, casual pace. Afterward I decided to hammer some singletrack. Exited a corner too wide and wrapped myself around a tree.

    I was about two miles from the trailhead and pedaled back in at about 5 mph. Completely excruciating. Worse, I had a 30-mile drive home and because my car is a 5-speed and I hit on my right side, every time I went to shift it felt like I was being stabbed.

    Took myself to the ER and the X-rays didn't show any breaks or cracks, so I guess that's good. But, man, that's some serious pain.

    I was somewhat hopeful that since my ribs were only bruised and not broken, I'd be able to do the race this weekend, but judging from others' experiences, maybe it's not such a good idea. I guess time will tell.
  • 07-09-2007
    akashra
    I guess this really depends how much damage you did. One guy went over my wheel about 6 weeks ago and cracked a couple of ribs, he finished the race, was sore as hell the next day, took the next week off because of crap wether (not pain) and was back racing the week after that.
  • 07-10-2007
    muddywings
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by MightyTurtle
    Took myself to the ER and the X-rays didn't show any breaks or cracks, so I guess that's good. But, man, that's some serious pain.

    i had my xrays done about a week after the accident and my ribs were nicely cracked. if you got your xrays right after the fact and they didn't show cracks, you might still of cracked them as I have heard (note: NOT a medical expert) that it might take a few days for the cracks to actually show up on an xray. if they hurt as bad as you said, you still might of done more damage than the xrays showed.
  • 07-11-2007
    Uncle Six Pack
    I took a good hit in the side a week ago-4th of July. My bud and I set up a sweet "front porch freeride"-from a walkway, gap over a few steps and a short landing, to land on a pallet set on the lower set of steps, across the porch, ending with about a 3 ft drop into my downhill side yard. Not very big, but we were proud of coming up with something so imaginative to keep us busy right in my yard. So it was lots of fun and my wife thought it was ridiculous-which obviously made it more fun.

    So the amazing thing was we went from riding this thing sober to gradually more and more intoxicated. We even kept riding it after a rain shower. No issues whatsoever! Until another guy's girlfriend asked us (at like 10:00 at night, many whiskey sours later) "Is that ALL you guys do?"

    So with very little reasoning left in my brain, I decided to ride it backwards. Well, the backwards ride was hard, but do-able 12 hours earlier-sober, dry, in daylight, and with another pallet on the upper steps to smooth things out. The landing was about as long as my bike, so as I cleared the pallet and was bracing to attack the steps, my back tire didn't agree with the painted, wet decking. I spun out very fast, while clipped in, and slammed to the side right on the railing.

    I was frozen for a few seconds, mad at myself and barely able to breath. My friend was amazed how well I held back the foul language in front of his children. It wasn't until about 15 seconds later I had enough control over my diaphragm to whisper to everyone that I couldn't yell an obscenity even if I wanted to.

    Anyway, here I am about a week later, still pretty tender and pretty mad at myself. I'll probably try a nice easy ride soon, but I won't be back to normal for at least another 2 weeks. The most physical thing I can do for exercise is walk my dog.

    Don't drink and ride-even if your drunk friend is doing it while wearing a mullet wig!

    It was just about this same time last year that I bruised the other side almost as bad, but nothing to do with biking or drinking.
  • 07-15-2007
    VTSEAL
    4+ months for me -still sore.

    I fractured some ribs in early March on the steerer tube. Typical story - JRA, stood up to pedal hard on a climb, front wheel stopped cold on a rock, onto the steerer, over the front, down the cliff, etc...

    Felt sore but was able to ride for a couple weeks, then it all went downhill. Was doing the shallow breathing, silent cough thing - since I was fighting a head cold at the time. I hadn't been taking a good steady dose of anti-inflamitatory drugs like I should have, so wasn't breathing deep enough to heal. Stupid chest cold + ribs + no drugs = pneumonia.

    Eventually the ribs started to feel ok after about 10 weeks of steady motrin, but still sore 4 months later when I lay on them or if kids jump on me, etc. Still not back to level of cardio/lung fitness and get tired after prolonged exercise. The weight room is the worst in terms of exercise - feels ok running, riding swimming, etc - just a little sore, but doesn't feel right at all when I lift.

    Surprised the ribs are still sore after all this time, but is certainly sounds common after reading this thread... Hope everybody feels better soon.
  • 07-15-2007
    TrekJeff
    Quit lifting, give them a chance to firm up. I did that after an endo and some deep bruised ribs, plus a busted floater.
  • 10-10-2007
    dickstarbuck
    I fell and landed with my chest on the end of my handlebar. I have a huge bruise under my right pec. It hurts to breath,laugh,move,sit up, pretty much whatever I do. I went and rode the next day, bad idea. It all hurts so much more now. I'm just hoping I can ride this Sunday it will be a week. I have'nt rode since Monday so 6 days off the bike I'm hoping will do it.
  • 11-05-2007
    YuriB
    I bruised my ribs 3 days ago. I got X-rays the day after and they were negative.
    Laying down and getting up from laying down hurt the most.
    Being on the bike or sitting hunched over I feel no pain so i'm going to try riding tonight just to see.
    I'll see what my chiro thinks tomrrow since I already had an appt. scheduled.
  • 11-05-2007
    Flytime
    Broken Ribs
    5 weeks and 2 days I crashed and broke 2 ribs (5th and 6th) and punctured my lung. http://forums.mtbr.com/rider-down-injuries-recovery/pneumothorax-349347.html After 3 weeks I could do easy rides (real easy rides) at 5 weeks I did my first real ride. All is good.
    A good indicator for me was when I could lift reasonable weight (40 to 65 lbs) and sneeze without a lot of pain.
  • 12-06-2007
    msgvb
    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?
  • 12-06-2007
    Flytime
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by msgvb

    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?


    Check out this thread http://forums.mtbr.com/apparel-protection/how-many-use-body-armor-343424.html
    Most of the talk is about knees, shins and arm protection but some stuff on chest protectors as well.


    I'm considering the same issue myself..... no conclusion yet. For a rib protection the '08 Rockgardn Flack jacket looks good. Amother friend rider suggests ice hockey rib pads if you want to just protect the ribs.


    j
  • 12-06-2007
    msgvb
    awesome, thanks for the heads up -- good reading there.

    frankly, until this mishap, I never even thought to consider rib protection. you just don't think much of it -- mostly as you say, knees, shins, elbows, etc. I'm still a bit surprised at how easily this happened. I've taken tumbles and rolls before and off of more serious stuff. it doesn't take much, apparently.
  • 06-18-2008
    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.
  • 06-18-2008
    AZDesertRat
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Flytime
    Amother friend rider suggests ice hockey rib pads if you want to just protect the ribs.

    That's an awesome idea! :thumbsup:

    I don't know why that didn't dawn on me. My son plays lacrosse, and I've seen lacrosse rib pads. The ones that I've seen seem like they'd do a pretty good job, too.
  • 06-20-2008
    cannesdo
    I thought I'd be out for weeks, the slightest bump was excrutiating and bed was the sitting up was horrible but on day six I was able to ride again, some pretty rocky stuff, in Sedona. Had to be careful but...every day after that I was a little better with the sleeping pain and the two week mark was when I started to feel like the worst was behind me, especially where sitting up and sleeping was concerned. Make sure you're getting lots of minerals (Emergen-C is good) and getting a lot of rest. The body can do a lot of healing in a week.
  • 06-21-2008
    AZDesertRat
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by cannesdo
    I thought I'd be out for weeks, the slightest bump was excrutiating and bed was the sitting up was horrible but on day six I was able to ride again, some pretty rocky stuff, in Sedona. Had to be careful but...every day after that I was a little better with the sleeping pain and the two week mark was when I started to feel like the worst was behind me, especially where sitting up and sleeping was concerned. Make sure you're getting lots of minerals (Emergen-C is good) and getting a lot of rest. The body can do a lot of healing in a week.

    It's been 12 days now and I still have enough pain that I'm not able to do much riding at all. I've gone riding twice now, but it was painful to do, and I'm probably going out there before I should be. It seems to get a little better each night, but lying down to sleep hurts like hell and, by the time I wake up after sleeping all night, my ribs hurt all over again. I know it's getting better because things like sneezing, laughing, etc., hurt a little less than they did a week ago but, overall, it seems to be healing pretty slow. I guess that isn't uncommon for rib injuries, from what so many others in this thread have said.

    I tried sleeping in a reclining chair last night, so I wasn't lying all the way flat, and it seemed to help a little.

    This really blows. I bought some football rib pads, which basically just look like the lacrosse or hockey pads, and I'll definitely be wearing them when I start riding again. As bad as the pain is, the worst part of all of this is being off the bike, and I'd rather not deal with this particular injury again if something as simple as those rib pads could help prevent it.
  • 06-30-2008
    e1eveN
    I joined the club on Friday but just got confirmation this afternoon.

    I was coming around a right-hander trying to keep going fast enough to make it up a steep section, and I guess I started cranking too soon. I think the best way to describe what happened is to say I high-sided. I'm not sure if the pedal hit the ground and lifted the rear tire off the ground or if it actually got caught on something, but the next thing I knew I was flying off the side of the bike, through the air and right into an embankment. I wish I could have seen it because I arced through the air. It must have looked really cool. Then I landed on my side with my left arm trapped underneath.

    My first thought was 'oh no, I hope I didn't rupture my brand new Camelbak!' then turned immediately to my inability to draw air into my left lung. I've never knocked the wind out of just one lung before. It was a very strange feeling, being able to breath but not really. I stood up and grunted for a while, which helped.

    Went to the doctor the next day and got x-rays taken but their radiologist wasn't in. The doctor said it was probably just bruising and to take over-the-counter Ibuprofen. I called them back today and found out I fractured my 5th and 6th ribs, and they finally gave me a prescription for some decent painkillers. I'm supposed to take it easy for 4-6 weeks but I just got a new bike a month ago and...well...I don't think I can hold out that long. :)
  • 06-30-2008
    Flytime
    Guys, (e1eveN and AZ DesertRat),

    just take it one day at a time. Think of it as a good time to catch up on some reading. Take long walks if you can and short rides on the road if you don't have pain. Soon enough you'll be back on the trails, riding better than you ever had.:thumbsup:

    Really, things could be a lot worst, take this time to count your blessings.

    Get well soon guys...

    j
  • 07-01-2008
    AZDesertRat
    Thanks. That sucks about the other guy's crash. I know the feeling, and it does suck. It's tough to fight the temptation once you feel even slightly good enough to go ride! I admit, I've gone out a couple times in the last few days and I could probably stand to be off the bike for a while longer.
  • 07-22-2008
    ertman
    Just adding to the thread - crashed hard in a DH race two days ago, went to the emergency for x-rays on the ribs and shoulder. Doc said nothing punctured, didn't look like anything was broken, but they are still waiting for the radiologist to give them a second opinion (I hate the waiting - and the doc will only call if there is "something of concern", whatever that means. I just want to know if I'm nursing broken ribs or bruised ribs.)

    What really sucks is that I have a trip to Whistler planned in 2 weeks. Damn, I hope I'm able to ride by then. I think the shoulder will be OK (ice and ibuprofen numb the pain a lot, but no way I am lifting anything with that arm right now), but the ribs concern me - I can't even drive my car yet.
  • 07-22-2008
    msgvb
    holy crap man, in a DH race, yeah, no doubt that was a crazy spill. can you offer some details on the crash? like what caused it, and how you landed?

    hate to say it, but two weeks might be a bit optimistic to be out hittin' it hard again. I was still hurtin' pretty badly by week three, but that was a partial separation at the sternum, about four sore spots. pushups didn't hurt, but like a pull-over type maneuver did; kinda like how you support yourself in riding position.

    last time I bruised ribs, it was still a little tender after two weeks, laughing, sneezing, coughing, and getting out of bed being the triggers. that was more of a nuisance though compared to what I was feeling this past go 'round, though. point is it doesn't take much to damage ribs, and even slight injuries can be painful, but when you really hurt yourself, recovery takes a while and there's nothing you can do about it really, aside from taking good care of yourself, eating well, and maybe staying active somehow.

    sounds like you're got a real deal injury going on. hopefully nothing's broken, but you've most likely got some stressed connective tissue at the very least, which can prove painful just the same. I think I was out two months on my last crash, and even then, I still wasn't pain free. the worst part was remembering to take my time when I got back out there, balancing between being careful and getting over the fear of getting hurt again. the confidence comes back pretty quickly, though. just take it easy and let it happen, and get over any ego you might have. only had a few of really nasty ones, but I've found that it happens either when I'm being overly confident and careless over little dumb things, or if I've psyched myself out worrying about crashing on something big.

    the ego gets bruised more than anything :)
  • 07-22-2008
    ertman
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by msgvb
    holy crap man, in a DH race, yeah, no doubt that was a crazy spill. can you offer some details on the crash? like what caused it, and how you landed?

    About 20 people saw the crash, but no one is really quite sure what happened. I was wearing full armour (661) which is a good thing, because they might have been surgically removing bike parts had I not been wearing it.

    I was pinning it into a mild corner just before a downhill section - going maybe 30-35km/h. Then within a fraction of a second I am slamming head and shoulder first into the ground. Sat there for a while, first-aiders showed up and walked me off the course. I only noticed the ribs hurting a few minutes later - and they hurt a LOT. I figure that I slammed into the stem or the end of the bars with my chest. Wish someone would have got video of it, because I really want to know what happened (current theories are that I clipped a pedal on a wood feature next to the corner, or I washed out my rear tire, which hit the feature and bucked me over the bars.)
  • 07-22-2008
    msgvb
    when I did the partial separation on the ribs, I slid more on my upper arm and shoulder. I tucked in my arm to roll it out of the fall, but my momentum was too forward for me to angle and roll, so I just sort of landed and slid on my tucked arm and shoulder before endo'ing onto my head a little. it was the pressure of my arm tucked against my ribcage that caused the separation pressure at the sternum. it was kinda like trying to flatten a bow or an arch; one of the anchor points has to move. it was just enough flex to stress the connective tissue.

    where's yours hurt most?

    did it go into slow motion for a sec :), long enough for you to think, ah crap...

    from the sound of it, you're lucky you didn't break your collarbone, or worse, your neck.
    good thing you were wearing all the gear, for sure.
    I was thinking some sort of chest protection might help prevent compression injuries.
  • 07-22-2008
    redwarrior
    Here's my story from this past Sunday: Crashed on a "step" type move. Planted my front wheel and went over the bars landing square on a rock with my chest (mostly right side) I felt sonwthing snap and let out a god awful scream. Buddies helped me out of the woods and got the car closer thank goodness.

    urns out I have 3 fractured ribs (789 I think) with mild displacement and a bruised lung. Had to spen 2 nights in the hospital to make sure I didn't collapse the lung or that it wouldn't fill with fluid.

    Upon returning home today, I pedaled up and down the street for a minute or two. Don't picture myself back in the woods for at least a month, though :madman:


    Red
  • 07-29-2008
    ertman
    Update 8 days after my crash:

    - Finally got word from the radiologist - no broken bones. Yay. I apparently have incredibly dense bones. Drink your milk kids. Still hurts like hell to sneeze or couch, but I can at least tie my own shoes now.

    - Shoulder is separated, which is what is really keeping me off the bike for now. Got an EVS shoulder brace on order that should help out. Taping it for now.

    11 days til Whistler...
  • 08-01-2008
    blender
    had a serious high speed crash at Northstar last weekend.
    faceplanted into some roots, and took them straight to the left side of my chest.
    felt fine after the crash, and rode the next day even stronger than the day before, without any significant discomfort.

    Got home, and on Monday the pain started setting in. It's now Friday, and I'm hurting.
    Breathing is fine, though a bit painful.. haven't really been taking any pain meds yet.
    From everyone else's experiences, sounds like I'm gonna need to take it easy for a few weeks until the bruising heals up.