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    Clavical Break On the Mend

    Post 7 weeks after surgery, my collarbone has healed, well, for the most part. The doctor gave me the okay to start biking and ride my motorcycle. It still aches so I won't be resuming all normal activities, no bench pressing 200 lbs just yet. The x-ray no longer shows a break, but the bone continues to heal as much as 3-6 months afterward.

    Thanks to the rest of you who also posted their injuries and told their tales of woe. Hope you all also recover quickly.
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    i'm looking at the x-ray before i read your words and i'm thinking "i can't even see where the break is". second thought: i hope mine looks that good. i won't know till the end of the month but everything feels good.

    good to hear it's going well. I've been riding for a few weeks now, feels fine. i just take it real easy on the downhills. i know if i crash i'm screwed.

    if you have a road bike i would start there. it sucks but it's 1000 times better than an indoor trainer. i didn't want to ride trails until i knew i would properly wrench on the handlebars if needed.

    my strength is pretty good, still have some work to do on the flexibility. i just started PT this week.

    is your pain mild at this point? still icing it? my biggest problem at this point is my shoulder. i either damaged something in my crash or something. right in the socket, sharp pain when i raise my arm about half way up. not good, and annoying because that was my good shoulder.

    don't worry about the bench press thing. i've never done 200lbs in my life. i was born without pecks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BENKD29 View Post
    i'm looking at the x-ray before i read your words and i'm thinking "i can't even see where the break is". second thought: i hope mine looks that good. i won't know till the end of the month but everything feels good.

    good to hear it's going well. I've been riding for a few weeks now, feels fine. i just take it real easy on the downhills. i know if i crash i'm screwed.

    if you have a road bike i would start there. it sucks but it's 1000 times better than an indoor trainer. i didn't want to ride trails until i knew i would properly wrench on the handlebars if needed.

    my strength is pretty good, still have some work to do on the flexibility. i just started PT this week.

    is your pain mild at this point? still icing it? my biggest problem at this point is my shoulder. i either damaged something in my crash or something. right in the socket, sharp pain when i raise my arm about half way up. not good, and annoying because that was my good shoulder.

    don't worry about the bench press thing. i've never done 200lbs in my life. i was born without pecks.
    Yes, the X-ray looked very good, no longer shows much in the way of a break. The bone healed quickly partly because when they plated it, everything lined up perfectly, no gaps at all. Even the first x-ray, one week after surgery, looked surprisingly good.

    I think I will take a few laps on my hard tail around the neighborhood and then move up to the beginner trail at my usual riding spot but ride my full suspension bike to help soften the ride. There is even a bike demo day at the trails tomorrow, maybe I'll take out a fatback.

    I've been doing PT starting one week after surgery, as soon as I was out of the sling. Today was my last day of PT, I hope, as the shoulder seems to be doing well. As for pain, it's been very low, a dull ache at times but not a lot overall. I've been sleeping better the last two weeks or so, the last few days I can even lay on my right side with not much discomfort. One set back though, I've had a bit of neck pain the last few days, something to do with muscles that connect into the collarbone area. Not been icing much, just at the end of a PT appt., they apply ice, and heat for my neck these last few times.

    Range of motion is about 95%, my only limitation is when I try to reach across my body to grab my left shoulder, that movement is not as good as it was prior to the injury. The rest is very good. Some tightness due to the incision and the usual numbness below the incision.

    It's been a shorter road to recover than my tibia/fibula break I had in December, but still something I'd rather not experience again.

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    10 mile ride this morning and everything is fine. So it took about 7 weeks after surgery for me to get back on the bike and start riding the trails again. I suppose that's not bad overall. My Camelback didn't even bother me at all which is something I was concerned about given the strap sits right on the collarbone.

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    Glad to hear you're back on the bike and healing up!

    I'm still dealing with a broken collarbone, coming up on 6 weeks on Monday. I opted to let it heal naturally as the break wasn't too bad, but I can't help but think about whether or not surgery would have helped it heal up quicker. Outside of riding again (hopefully another week or two), I just want to get out of these clavicle straps! And get back to driving a manual car lol.

    I'll find out Monday, hoping for some good news.

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    With surgery I was back driving my 6-spd manual one week after surgery, just as soon as I was out of the sling. Given my bone was in 5 pieces, I really had not choice but to have them do the "Open Reduction Internal Fixation" on the bone. At least you won't be dealing with a scar and numbness, as long as it all heals fine for you, the longer recovery could be worthwhile down the road.

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    I broke my collarbone on the 7th of july last year, the docs wanted to let it heal naturally; but after three months of wearing a sling or the figure-8 it had not so I got the surgery done. One and a half months post-surgery I could do everything I had done prior to the break.

    My doc mentioned that after the screws and such have set in the bone (2 weeks) the connection is stronger than what just the bone would be. So it would be completely up to me and my own threshold on what I wanted to do from there on out.

    Having experienced both options, should it ever happen again I'm not leaving the ER until I get the surgery.
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    It's been about 9 weeks since the surgery and things are getting back to normal. The one thing I wish would improve is the numbness below the incision. I'm sure that's going to require several months to get sensation back in that area.

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    yesterday I was doing one of my favorite runs,,, one that I've done hundreds of times. took a corner to fast for the loose conditions ended up in a two wheel drift I couldn't recover from. I fought it instead of laying the bike down and when the tyres gripped it launched me back across the trail into a dirt and rock bank head and shoulder first dislodging a pumpkin sized boulder with my head and jaw. don't think I was 100% out but had my bell rung big time. Took a couple minutes and finished the run. Did a fifteen minute climb to the trail head of the final decent back to my truck. About three minutes into my decent my shoulder gave out once hitting the first bumpy section in a heap of pain and crashed at low speed as I was just limping back to my truck.

    thank god there were a couple riders behind me who saw the pain I was in. they helped me get back to my truck loaded my bike for me and I drove myself to the hospital. Turned out I snapped my Clavical in half, Dr showed me the X-ray. All they did was give me a shot of morphine a shoulder brace and told me a specialist from Whistler will call with an appointment.

    My question is for those with experience,,,, should I insist on having the bone surgically mended even if he says it's a clean break and will heal on its own. Right now I swear I can feel things moving around in that area and it kinda hurts. Makes me wonder how well it would heal on its own with what feels like movement of the bones.

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