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    Broken Collar Bone - Bone Stimulator

    Hey guys,
    I broken my collar bone on november 12 at kelso, which is about 3 months ago. It was a nasty break and it was a long healing process. It's been a little over 2 weeks since i've taken the figure 8 brace off and i'm still having some pain at the site of fracture at the end of my work days. I've had about 6 x-rays since the accident that were all showing slow improvements each time. The last one was on tuesday and it looks like the new bone section has grown in. The doctor was saying that there isn't any more movement in the bone; but there are some areas of pretty sever tenderness.
    Currently it feels like my bone is "pulling apart" after a long days work. (i work an office job that requires me to walk around frequently during the day)

    Has anyone tried out Bone Stimulator machines? Has anyone had any luck with them? Does anyone have one and is willing to let me borrow/rent it off of you?

    Has anyone else been in the same boat i'm in? what did you do? are you still able to ride now to your full capacity?


    Anyone have any positive insight for me?

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    In 2002 I broke my left collarbone when the racehorse I was galloping stumbled and fell. I ended up on the bottom of the pile but was fortunate to have only the broken collarbone.
    It didn't break the skin, but was close. There was a lot of displacement. The doctors kept insisting that I should have it surgically repaired (plated) but I refused. Figured it wouldn't hurt my modeling career.
    I was out of the saddle for only about 6 weeks, mostly because I couldn't afford to be out of work. As I recall though, it was a few months before I could comfortably lift my over my head. I still have a very obvious deviation in my collarbone, but it otherwise doesn't bother me much anymore (....though that could be from subsequent 'whoopsies' after swapping racehorses for mountain bikes.)
    I love riding my bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bitsq View Post
    Hey guys,
    I broken my collar bone on november 12 at kelso, which is about 3 months ago. It was a nasty break and it was a long healing process. It's been a little over 2 weeks since i've taken the figure 8 brace off and i'm still having some pain at the site of fracture at the end of my work days. I've had about 6 x-rays since the accident that were all showing slow improvements each time. The last one was on tuesday and it looks like the new bone section has grown in. The doctor was saying that there isn't any more movement in the bone; but there are some areas of pretty sever tenderness.
    Currently it feels like my bone is "pulling apart" after a long days work. (i work an office job that requires me to walk around frequently during the day)

    Has anyone tried out Bone Stimulator machines? Has anyone had any luck with them? Does anyone have one and is willing to let me borrow/rent it off of you?

    Has anyone else been in the same boat i'm in? what did you do? are you still able to ride now to your full capacity?

    Anyone have any positive insight for me?
    Everyone's experience breaking bones is different. People have different rates of healing based on many variables (type of bone fractured, treatment intervention, pain management, rates of healing etc).

    I shattered my dominant wrist 3 years ago (dh in the Okanagan) I had reconstructive surgery requiring a plate and 10 pins and had a cast applied. The orthopedic specialist who followed up in TO ordered the cast removed (2 weeks post op) and advised me to do activities as tolerated that would build up my strength and range of motion. His only caution was not to do any aggressive riding for at least 4-6 weeks post cast removal.

    The treatment plan did not stop me from riding for very long and I found ways to keep active and promote healing. I did activities like Ashtanga Yoga that slowly built up my weight bearing and range of motion. 4 weeks post cast removal I transitioned to rail trails and XC trails and finally back to "normal dh" within a couple of months. And then I was diagnosed with cancer ... but that's another story.

    Personal anecdote: Eat extra protein and calcium along with a well rounded diet that includes whole grains and fresh fruits and veggies. I'm vegan so I took calcium supplements including Lysine to increase calcium absorption.

    When you break a bone, you want to control pain as soon as possible in order to gradually do activities as tolerated and not delay healing. I managed my pain with an occasional Tylenol. Asprin and anti-inflammatory drugs are known to retard bone growth.

    Today I have no pain, and 98% range of motion (the plate it to blame). My riding abilities continue to grow and I don't shy away from advanced dh trails.

    Good luck with your recovery.... you will get there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bitsq View Post
    The doctor was saying that there isn't any more movement in the bone; but there are some areas of pretty sever tenderness.
    Currently it feels like my bone is "pulling apart" after a long days work. (i work an office job that requires me to walk around frequently during the day)
    If there was soft tissue damage around the fracture, it may be possible that scar tissue formed that has fused some things together that shouldn't be.

    I had a severe hand injury 5 years ago, and even though it had technically "healed" and the swelling had gone down after 3-4 months, it would still give me extreme pain when bumped the wrong way for nearly a year.

    The pain will slowly go away. Don't let it keep you away from the bike for too long.

    Judy, your slight reduction in range of motion on the wrist may just be due to the new alignment of the bones. I had a multiple fracture of my forearm as a kid, and it now has 20% MORE range of motion than the unbroken arm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickboers View Post

    Judy, your slight reduction in range of motion on the wrist may just be due to the new alignment of the bones. I had a multiple fracture of my forearm as a kid, and it now has 20% MORE range of motion than the unbroken arm.
    Actually that makes sense. It's the side to side movement that is slightly more restrictive In addition, the tip of the ulna broke off and floated for a while but has since found a final resting spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickboers View Post
    If there was soft tissue damage around the fracture, it may be possible that scar tissue formed that has fused some things together that shouldn't be.
    well i sure hope that isn't the case!

    Which brings me back to my original question.. has anyone tried a bone stimulator who's been in a similar situation as me?

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