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    catskillclimber
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    Plate and Screws

    Hi all,
    Just suffered my first injury while riding dh at Plattekill. Broke my collarbone and needed a plate and five screws. Have any of you had your collarbone plated? I know it is a common injury but I hear it is uncommon to need hardware. Any of you living with this? Do you notice or feel it? Should they be removed or stay? My ortho doc said they can stay but it seems wierd. Looking at two months recovery.

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    discombobulated SuperModerator
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    I have a plate and screws, in my lower right leg though.... And I have had them for going on 18 years.
    I do not notice them at all. I hurt my leg in softball and the xray showed the plate was cracked and the screw heads seperated from the screws...I thought I did it guarding home plate....Nah, they said it was metal fatigue..
    the GP said to have it out immediately.The ortho specialist said No, not to bother with it unless it causes a problem or pain...
    And it hasnt bothered me at all since softball 5 years ago ( 16" softball ) ....
    Havnet noticed it at all since I took up biking either..
    Hope it kinda helps...
    CDT

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    Get multiple opinions

    There's a thread over on the Turner forum about a guy's separated shoulder and opinions are all over the place. What I'm saying is: do your own research (a lot!) before making a decision.

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    That would be me

    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy
    There's a thread over on the Turner forum about a guy's separated shoulder and opinions are all over the place. What I'm saying is: do your own research (a lot!) before making a decision.
    I am going for a second opinion this week. I want to ride sooooo bad, it's like being an addict (which I am, in recovery) in that I am absolutely obsessed with getting back on the bike. I literally am dreaming about it, looking at mountains lovingly, and getting envious when I see even roadies. I'm a sick individual, but in a good way...
    The link.
    High up above, aliens hover, making home movies for the folks back home...

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