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    Broken clavicle, what should I expect?

    I brook my collar bone Sunday while practicing on my trials bike, so now I have some time on my hands. This seems to be a common injury for cyclists, so what did you do to pass the time? How long before you were riding? And any good injury story would be great, thanks.
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    No clavicle info but another injury story.
    Broke my face on May 13 (Fri the 13th). Took a jump and things went sideways - landed on directly on my cheek (wished I had my fullface helmet on vs the skate helmet).
    Broke the bone in three places (they call it a tripod fracture).
    Off to UNC Chapel Hill for surgery tomorrow. Said I'd be out for about 4 weeks.

    Good luck on the healing.
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    Go over here and search. You will find more than you ever wanted to know:
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    Did you have it fixed with surgery, or did they put you in one of those figure 8, torture devices, or what?

    I broke mine about 15 years ago. It sucked big time! They strapped me into one of those figure 8 braces.... torture. I had to sleep in a recliner for a month. It was too painful to lay flat. I wished I'd elected to go with the surgery.

    With surgery, you'll be riding lightly in a month. Without surgery, you be riding in 3 months... depending on how bad the break was.

    I'm a 1/4 of an inch shorter on my right side now.

    Heal fast.

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    Clavicle break is an awesome injury, seriously. It'll heal pretty quickly, you will likely not see that it was broken, and you will lose no mobility. Though my friend did his in snowboarding, he was snowboarding again after 4 weeks, and I just saw him 3 months after his injury and he was helping a friend move ... carrying huge stuff, and was up DH riding the weekend before.

    It could be MUCH worse ... I got an AC separation, 3rd degree (it's what happens when your clavicle DOESN'T break but something has to give). I now have a bone sticking up from my shoulder forever, and I have to do daily excercise to try and maintain mobility ... will not ever be the same though (playing baseball, for example, is not fun anymore).

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    i broke my collar bone in three spots playing ice hockey when i was about 18 or 19. the shoulder specialist wanted to avoid inserting pins so i wore this shoulder pad girdle type thing for about a month until the bones somewhat lined up. it happened just before the summer so i had the entire summer to heal up before i hit the ice again in sept. i avoid doing upright rows and occasionally i get some stiffness but other than that i'm good to go.

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    I'm in a heavy duty sling till tomorrow. The er doc said it broke clean and shouldn't need surgery, my x-rays look cool I guess. Going to see the ortho surgeon tomorrow for the final word. Gonna get my roadie on the trainer in hopes that he'll let me spin at least. I'm sure I'll be in a crazy sling for a while though.
    Good luck on the surgery Jasonb, sounds like I got it good.
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    Oops, I should have posted this in the rider down section. Maby a mod can move it? Sorry....
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    Last year I broke mine. 6 weeks & I was back on the bike. Not bad all in all. First couple weeks were a bit painful. No surgery luckily. Just arm in sling & some pain killers.

    Honestly no long term damage from the broken bone, except the concussion def' affected my memory.

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    I did way more damage to my shoulder last August. I was back on a bike in the end of November and back on my rigid/ss by Feb. Here is my thread on my injury- http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=640313
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    I had a double break on my left collar bone, so it needed surgery to line everything back up. I couldn't just sit around so I started hiking a lot more, then jogging as the shoulder felt better. I waited for Dr. approval before I rode. Based on our conversations about how I ride, his exact words were "You're OK to ride, but you're not OK to fall". So it was about 7-8 weeks off the bike. In the month after that I was SUPER careful in tight corners where you might catch your shoulder on a tree, and I mostly took it easy pulling my daughter on single track with the trail-a-bike to remind me to go slow. Once my full range of motion was back, I pretty much went back to full speed. I still get a twinge every once in awhile - prob'ly because I kept the bracket.
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    PS - my prognosis was 6-8 weeks w/ surgery, 10-12 without surgery (and still very maligned)
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    I'm in the same boat as you . I went down two weeks ago and broke my clavicle, scapula and a couple ribs. I've really been amazed at how quickly it has been progressing. Almost daily, it feels a bit more comfortable and I have a little more range of motion although I haven't actually tried to do much.

    My ortho doc. said to expect 6 to 8 weeks and that surgery would actually extend that to 10-12 and wouldn't make any long-term difference vs. letting it heal on its own. Also, FYI, 6-8 weeks is to be back to 100% but I can expect to be doing some road riding before that. His best advice was to do whatever I want but ease off if it hurts.

    I put my road bike on the trainer after one week and adjusted my saddle so that I can sit upright....so far, so good.

    Best of luck with your recovery!

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    I broke mine about 25 years ago. Been lucky, only once yet I still crash regularly. You'll be back in action quick like two months, but you'll feel it for almost a year. Learn to break fall and shoulder roll, it helps.

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    I had a bad AC separation 3 years ago, and after about 6 months, I was able to ride comfortably. To this day, I have pain when I do push-ups or any other shoulder intensive movements. My problem: I didn't opt for the PT. If you can swing it, I recommended it, otherwise you'll end up like me and be weak and in pain for 2-3 years
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