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    Broken Fractured collarbone experience?

    Hi all, I fractured my collarbone on Monday after a choice encounter with a sapling and am looking for advice / experience. Does anyone know for around about how long it hurts? Healing / Rehab experience? I am aiming for an ambitious three week recovery so I avoid muscle atrophy and can race XCO States and participate in school camp.

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    There are no doctors on this forum. That said, I did my collar bone in high school when I broke a chain and went otb on a sizable low speed drop. It didn't take long for me to get a measure of use back, but full mobility took some real (8 months?) time. As far as pain, it gave me little twinges every now and again for years. And now that it's more than 20 years in the past - it's starting to do it again on occasion. Be aware though, mine was about as bad as it could get without needing surgery and hardware, and the tissue around the injury wasn't done any favors by the fact that no one but me thought it was broken, so I walked around with it broken for 8 hours before I blacked out from the pain. Do yourself a favor and listen to your doctors, or hire yourself a professional physical therapist if you're really in a hurry.

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    When I broke my collar bone it was in 3 pcs. and needed hardware. It still took a good 8 weeks. And then I was really careful about riding close to trees.

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    I got a pretty bad collarbone fracture in a crit a few years ago. I consulted with 3 different orthopedists. Surgery was an option, but due to it being close to the outer end when the pieces are sort of held together by ligaments and not being compound...and me being old...not doing anything was another option. I went for not doing anything. I was riding again, carefully, 10 days later.

    My advice is to consult with a number of orthos, compare what they say, and then decide what the best course of action is. IMO, it's much better to consult with a sports ortho specialist, as they understand the importance of the activity to you and will provide better recovery advice rather than the usual "don't do anything for 8 weeks."

    Among the advice I received and the one I followed was I can resume activity as soon as I felt like I could, but just don't crash on it again for at least 8 weeks.
    Do the math.

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    Broke my humerus 5 weeks ago tomorrow. Still recovering. You might ask your doctor about "impact sports". I probably won't ride until about 3 months after my injury. That's probably a month or two to soon.

    I do feel your pain. This has been a nightmare for me. Not only does it stop me from riding but also doing chores around the house. Lucky for me I van pool to work and back home. Dressing myself took forever. It's getting better now. Still almost impossible to fix myself a plate of food, etc..

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    I cased a double jump, fracturing my clavicle into five pieces. After the injury the most discomfort came from the surrounding muscles all working overtime to stabilize my shoulder. I chose surgery and post-operatively everything felt ten times better just by getting the anatomy all put back into place where it was supposed to be, and the muscle strain stopped. I did not ride my bike again for a couple of months. Three weeks would not have been possible.

    If I were to fracture a clavicle again and were given the choice to do surgery or not, I'd pick surgery in a heartbeat.

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    I broke my collar bone, and did not have surgery to repair it..... the whole process sucked massively.

    Have the surgery to fix it!!!! You'll be up and running in a month.

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    Never had a collarbone fracture but did crack plenty of bones in my life and one thing I would suggest is to slow down with the hype.
    Health < anything. Don't rush it or you can end up killing whole season or more.

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    Fractured my collarbone when I was in my late thirties. Freinds told me I would be ok in a few weeks - wrong! Doctor said 6 weeks minimum and he was right. I wasnít on the bike for 8 weeks and felt super fragile. Doctors good advise was donít rush the healing process unless you like long term issues.

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    I have broken both of mine. First time I went otb on my dirtbike when I was 11 or so. It wasnít a bad break and I was water skiing about 6 weeks later. Second time was riding again but the break was much worse and I wasnít able to really ride like normal for 4-5 months. It was bad and I still have pain when the weather changes and if Iím running or riding hard. I did not get surgery and I should have!

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    Been There, Done That...

    Tiny fracture...

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    I broke my clavicle last year at 35. I was given the option for surgery or to let it heal. They claimed 1 month with surgery to have full movement or 4 months with healing. I opted for the healing process and the first 2-3 weeks sucked (walking, sneezing, sitting up, etc... all hurt). After that, I was able to stop the pain medication and had full movement, but still pain, especially if I wasn't careful. I felt normal around the 3-4 months mark, but still had to go in for x-rays for about 6 months before they said I was done healing.

    In regards to riding, after about 3 months, I ended up adding upright handlebars on one of my bikes which I used for about a month. I then started to use my touring bike with drop bars. I avoided technical riding for 7-8 months. It has been a little over a year now and I am still cautious, but I don't really have any further pain.

    If you want a fast recovery, choose surgery. I don't have any experience in regards to that option, but one of the hardest parts was waiting to ride again.

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    Lol, three week recovery? Sorry, it just ain't gonna happen, even for a youngster bathing in naturally produced HGH.

    I'll echo what the others said--get the surgery if there's an option, it'll drop the healing time.

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    I recommend not getting surgery if you don't have to. Maybe (and that's a big maybe) you will recover faster with surgery, but it's better to not have surgical implants for the rest of your life. I was a borderline case and opted for natural healing. I don't regret it. Forget riding for a while, and heal naturally (if you can).

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    You can have the hardware removed quite easily after the fracture has healed if you donít like the idea of having it inside you.

    Surgery is still ďnatural healingĒ since your body is knitting the bones together. The hardware just puts the pieces in the correct position while it heals.

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    I was told by the doctors that I don't need surgery as the bones are not displaced and not broken through. They are just fractured just like how you can bend a green tree limb and it will fray and split before coming clean off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pisgah View Post
    it's better to not have surgical implants for the rest of your life.
    I guess? They feel kind of cool. People call you bionic. (Perhaps I should have implanted Di2.) More to point, my arm worked shortly after surgery. Bad fractures take forever to heal (if they do at all), and if they knit together poorly, chronic pain may well be the result. As above, you can always take the implants out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by (R)AdelaideXC View Post
    I was told by the doctors that I don't need surgery as the bones are not displaced and not broken through. They are just fractured just like how you can bend a green tree limb and it will fray and split before coming clean off.
    Itís good to be young. Thatís called a Greenstick fracture.

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    It is situation specific. I've had surgery on a knee, broken ulna, and shoulder. Healing time and restoring full function were the reasons. On the broken collar bone, surgery was not (IMO and some of the docs) the best solution.

    There are risks with surgery and general anesthesia. The probabilities are small, but the consequences can be big.
    Do the math.

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    Quote Originally Posted by (R)AdelaideXC View Post
    I was told by the doctors that I don't need surgery as the bones are not displaced and not broken through. They are just fractured just like how you can bend a green tree limb and it will fray and split before coming clean off.
    No one here can answer your questions, certainly not without seeing the xrays. Greenstick fractures, especially of the collarbone, are very rare in people older than about 10. Typically, a non-displaced collarbone fracture will take about 6 weeks to heal. You may be able to do physical activities sooner than that, but riding your bike is not the concern. Falling from your bike is what you need to worry about. A re-fracture of your collarbone will set you back a lot, probably a lot more than 6 weeks, and your collarbone will be susceptible to re-fracture for several weeks after the pain is gone and good callus has formed.

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    I broke my collar bone at the end of May. 3-4 pieces, in the middle (not towards either end). My chosen ortho (who is a MTB rider) said although mine was displaced a little over 2mm healing was either a natural or surgical choice for me. But...when we discussed my current and future intended activities (power lifting, hiking with heavy backpacks, mtb, a need for full range of motion and flexibility, etc), he said if it were him he'd definitely make sure it healed in proper alignment due for the higher probability of long term mitigation of negative restriction to those activities.

    I'm 54 and decently healthy for my age although not on the same level for cardio as some of my friends. I have a decent diet with lots of vegetables, minimal processed sugar, fat, and salt (I don't eat out at restaurants where most food is shit food super high in sugar, fat, and salt) and get good sleep every night (very important for recovery!).

    Doc said to expect 4-6 months for 100% bone healing after surgery at my age group. I fully healed right at the advanced 4 month mark per x-rays every 6 weeks.

    His biggest warning to me was: You fall or crash and jack up that shoulder before it's fully grown back together you risk a far more complicated surgery to put it back together again. Ripping all those screws out and the additional places that bone will break with that plate reinforcement will make a mess. He said he gets the occasional patient coming back in from a fall soon after surgery and "...it's not a pretty sight.".

    He told me to suck it up and find another interesting activity for the next few months with lowered risk of a hard fall. Hard to do for me since all my activities are very physical activities. The only thing I like to do non-physical is drink and that wouldn't be good for good-n-fast healing.

    I was free to continue body weight squats and such but I broke 2 ribs near my backbone and the pain of that was far worse than the shoulder so that kept me from doing anything core stressing for quite a while. In a way, that ensured I stayed low physical for that shoulder to heal best. My PT helped ensure great flexibility and range of motion so I am now totally free to pick up life where I left off confident my aging will remain unimpeded physically. Having the plate removed after the 1 year mark is a bridge to be crossed if I even come to it.

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    To help speed up the healing process add almonds, pineapple and yogurt to your daily diet starting now. Avoid aspirin and acetomycin like Tylenol. They inhibit the goo production that connects the broken bone pieces back together. The almonds, etc. give you necessary ingredients. Also up your calorie intake because your body will be working overtime to heal. This can knock 2 weeks off the total recovery, ime and that of a friend, and better guarantee good strong reconnection. Bones start to knit together at the 7-10 day mark. But begin working towards it now.

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    Good point on the calorie intake eb1888. I literally rested for the 4 months and still ate like a horse. I gained 1.4lb body fat and lost 7lbs lean muscle in that whole time. Not bad for being sedentary for that long!

    I also stayed far away from aspirin, Tylenol, and Advil. And snacked on lots of nuts, seeds, and increased veggies at meals. Spinach is highly beneficial for the healing process...good thing I like it in all manner of prep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    To help speed up the healing process add almonds, pineapple and yogurt to your daily diet starting now. Avoid aspirin and acetomycin like Tylenol. They inhibit the goo production that connects the broken bone pieces back together. The almonds, etc. give you necessary ingredients. Also up your calorie intake because your body will be working overtime to heal. This can knock 2 weeks off the total recovery, ime and that of a friend, and better guarantee good strong reconnection. Bones start to knit together at the 7-10 day mark. But begin working towards it now.
    lmao....because eb is a medical professional.

    "goo production" a technical term, of course.

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    Acetominophen (not Acetomycin) is not an anti-inflammatory so it's not in the same category as aspirin and Advil. It won't inhibit the inflammatory cells ("goo"). Furthermore, the idea that NSAIDs inhibit bone healing are mostly based upon a couple of animal studies rather than human studies so if you need a few Advil you'd probably be okay with regard to fracture healing. If you don't need any pain control then it's safest to not take any pills though.

    I don't know about almonds, pineapple, and yogurt reducing fracture healing time by two weeks. That sounds kind of like pseudo-science. Couldn't hurt though. A normal diet would also work. The best thing the OP has going for him is that his bone isn't a complete fracture (not revealed until post #16) and he's young. He'd probably heal up just fine without any intervention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat View Post
    Acetominophen (not Acetomycin) is not an anti-inflammatory so it's not in the same category as aspirin and Advil. It won't inhibit the inflammatory cells ("goo"). Furthermore, the idea that NSAIDs inhibit bone healing are mostly based upon a couple of animal studies rather than human studies so if you need a few Advil you'd probably be okay with regard to fracture healing. If you don't need any pain control then it's safest to not take any pills though.

    I don't know about almonds, pineapple, and yogurt reducing fracture healing time by two weeks. That sounds kind of like pseudo-science. Couldn't hurt though. The best thing the OP has going for him is that his bone isn't a complete fracture (not revealed until post #16) and he's young. He'd probably heal up just fine without any intervention.
    I think pseudo-science is an apt description, but I agree it won't likely hurt anything. Nutrition is indeed important in that nutritional deficiency can slow down fracture healing (or any healing, for that matter) but increasing one's nutrition is valuable only for those who are nutritionally impaired in the first place. Pretty much anyone that posts on this forum who rides a bike regularly is not going to be in the category where fruits and nuts are going to accelerate fracture healing.

    The amount of additional caloric expenditure necessary to heal a clavicle fracture is negligible.

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    In my case I was riding 15mph. Stood up to sprint and clipped a pedal. Never saw the rock in the late afternoon filtered light through the trees. I was immediately over the bars. Broken clavicle, 4 cracked ribs, and non-displaced fractures of the glenoid and scapula.

    Surgery was not required as there was not more than one break. My ortho said you really don't need surgery unless the collarbone is displaced some distance (the ends won't rejoin) or it's splintered with multiple breaks. The first 3 weeks were hell but by 4 weeks I was lightly riding my mtn bike. At 6 weeks I rowed a boat through Grand Canyon. Did the Grand Targhee Enduro at 32 weeks.

    I'm 56 and ran a bone stimulator 24-7 up until my river trip. I think nutrition is key as well as supplementing with Magnesium, Calcium and whatever else might help bone growth. Certainly not age or smoking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockman View Post
    I think nutrition is key as well as supplementing with Magnesium, Calcium and whatever else might help bone growth. Certainly not age or smoking.
    I agree...that might be helpful if, for some unusual reason, you are deficient in those particular minerals, or if you have osteoporosis. Otherwise, likely a waste of time, money, and effort.

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    I was doing over 20mph, totally missed a corner, and slammed sideways into a banked berm. Dead stop instantly with no benefit of any rolling out. Was a shit day!

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    My info is from a med pro friend who did the research to supplement the post op recommendations of the Orthopedic Department doctors at the U of M in Ann Arbor for her husband. We'd been skiing and he had a bad lower leg break with some ankle damage when his binding didn't release in a forward fall. Titanium rod and screws. He used the 6000 calories a day including the almonds, pineapple and yogurt in addition to lots of everything to make the calories. There are standard time lines for progression in recovery. After several weeks when he went in for a follow-up they were surprised at his progress and moved him ahead to PT immediately. He worked hard with full participation in PT and has recovered nicely.

    Based on seeing that first hand I used the combo immediately after a clean lower arm ulna break I got messing with rocks in Montana. Fast healing and zero residual problems for me. Costco has the Kirkland almonds and plain yogurt for good prices. Fresh cored pineapple from your grocery store. If you soak the almonds overnight you can grind them into milk in a Vitamix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    My info is from a med pro friend who did the research to supplement the post op recommendations of the Orthopedic Department doctors at the U of M in Ann Arbor for her husband.
    Is the paper published? If so, do you have a citation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    My info is from a med pro friend who did the research to supplement the post op recommendations of the Orthopedic Department doctors at the U of M in Ann Arbor for her husband. We'd been skiing and he had a bad lower leg break with some ankle damage when his binding didn't release in a forward fall. Titanium rod and screws. He used the 6000 calories a day including the almonds, pineapple and yogurt in addition to lots of everything to make the calories. There are standard time lines for progression in recovery. After several weeks when he went in for a follow-up they were surprised at his progress and moved him ahead to PT immediately. He worked hard with full participation in PT and has recovered nicely.

    Based on seeing that first hand I used the combo immediately after a clean lower arm ulna break I got messing with rocks in Montana. Fast healing and zero residual problems for me. Costco has the Kirkland almonds and plain yogurt for good prices. Fresh cored pineapple from your grocery store. If you soak the almonds overnight you can grind them into milk in a Vitamix.
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    Think as you wish. We're al here familiar with anecdotal info about performance. Consider this as significant as a tire or bike review if you like. Or act on it and you may be able to add more anecdotal info. I'm sure we can agree on the lack of any downside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    Think as you wish. We're al here familiar with anecdotal info about performance. Consider this as significant as a tire or bike review if you like. Or act on it and you may be able to add more anecdotal info. I'm sure we can agree on the lack of any downside.
    Yup. A few fruits and nuts never hurt anybody.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    Why do you guys ride too fast?
    I broke my clavicle going < 5mph on the road. No idea how I lost balance as I waved to the drive who let me go at a stop sign, but I made the mistake of putting my hand down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat View Post
    You can have the hardware removed quite easily after the fracture has healed if you donít like the idea of having it inside you.

    Surgery is still ďnatural healingĒ since your body is knitting the bones together. The hardware just puts the pieces in the correct position while it heals.
    I have a plate and 10 screws in my collarbone. Haven't asked the doc about removing it, but I can't imagine it would be quite easy to remove and being left with 10 holes in my collarbone would not be a good thing, although I assume they would fill in over time. Any more details on having it removed that you can provide?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ_92606 View Post
    I have a plate and 10 screws in my collarbone. Haven't asked the doc about removing it, but I can't imagine it would be quite easy to remove and being left with 10 holes in my collarbone would not be a good thing, although I assume they would fill in over time. Any more details on having it removed that you can provide?
    Recovery from hardware removal is typically much easier than the original repair, and those holes do fill in over several weeks. Think of it like having osteoporosis in that bone for a couple of months.

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    http://forums.mtbr.com/rider-down-in...ery/broken-cla

    You can read my thread from 2014 for some insights from my point of view.

    There isn't really any point in removing the hardware unless it is really bugging you, i don't notice mine anymore.
    If murphys law hit you full force you could get a infection starting on the hardware at any point of having it in your body , but its very unlikely.

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    Every surgery is major, even the little ones. No way I'd have myself opened up, expose the inside of my bones to whatever infection could start, risk post surgery blood clot, just to have a plate that doesn't bother me removed.

    Equally, no way I'd accept a limitation caused by pain the rest of my life when something could be done about it either.

    I'm 5 months post reassembly and have mild discomfort from the proxal end of the plate. I am only 1 month back to power lifting so that can't be expected not to affect it for a while. And when I do stuff like carry my golf bag on that shoulder and the full weight of the strap is sitting squarely on that plate. Just gonna be 7 months or so before I know what long term affect can be expected.

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    Seems like most of you guys got surgery. I broke my collarbone about 3 weeks. No surgery. Angle between them is not that bad, and the overlap is not severe. But so far the bones have not healed. Can still see the bone move around under the skin. Have a weird pain just below my shoulder also, maybe a nerve that got pinched by the swelling or something? Also got a crack in a rib, and that is actually more painful.
    So I'm expecting a lump on the collarbone and hoping that it will not be a problem for wearing a backpack.

    I will get some hardware removed from my foot soon I hope, but that's another story.

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    I broke 2 ribs near my back too and agree the ribs were a bigger issue than my collar bone. Sucked when I sneezed!! I relied on my arms (even with broken clavical) more than typical just to prevent the excruciating pain of my core from tensing when I stood up or to lay down.

    I don't know how the collar bone could heal strongly worth a poop by itself. Just about any core body move would make one's shoulder tense up enough to cause it to flex even the smallest amount. That's just not good for a solid union. Not saying it can't happen but...

    My Ortho gave me the "70 and sedetary" explanation as who is typically fine with the leave it be to heal on its own option. We mtn bikers just don't fit that category regardless of age and less so if we/you also do high strength activities (weight lifting, backpacks, virtually certain risk of future high stress falls on it).

    Having said that, I hope all goes very well for your progress and healing.

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    I've seen pictures of self-healed collarbones. Maybe not pretty but the body seems to add a lot of bone around the break so I'm not worried about the strength. But I would prefer that they put some screws and plates there so it would heal faster and I could ride sooner.

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    Here's mine at 8 weeks. Nice collagen ball around the break.

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    I had a complete break in the mid-shaft with one large fragment. About 10-15mm overlap.

    A Herbert Screw was installed 3 weeks post injury and I started rehab a week later (4 weeks post injury)

    At 2 weeks post surgery I started riding on the indoor trainer.

    At 9 weeks post surgery I was back on the MTB, but it has taken about 14 post surgery weeks to regain a good amount of strength and about 95% range of motion.

    I am still continuing physio now although most of the focus is on strength building now as there is still a muscle imbalance between my left and right side.

    From the day after surgery I was on a high nutrient diet, lots of fresh vegetables, calcium, magnesium, vitamin D supplements and protein supplements.

    A 3 week recovery is very optimistic and I suppose only realistic if you haven't got a complete break (minor greenstick fracture only), you are young, a non smoker, and fit, plus give the bone adequate rest. During the rest time is when your muscles start wasting. Anything that is a complete break is not going to heal within that timeframe unless you have surgery.

    Have you got any xrays?

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    When did you who did not get surgery start to feel like the bone was stiff? As in that you can't feel it bending when using the arm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilgo View Post
    When did you who did not get surgery start to feel like the bone was stiff? As in that you can't feel it bending when using the arm?
    4weeks for me although it was not even remotely close to being a fully mended bone break. Just a good collagen ball around the fracture. But good enough that I rowed at boat through Grand Canyon at 6 weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockman View Post
    4weeks for me although it was not even remotely close to being a fully mended bone break. Just a good collagen ball around the fracture. But good enough that I rowed at boat through Grand Canyon at 6 weeks.
    I can still feel it bending if I put one finger at each end of the collarbone and move my arm. Doesn't really hurt, just feels awkward. I'm at 5,5 weeks now. Got very good ROM though, but with some nerve(?) pain in my shoulder/upper arm.

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    I broke mine at 0700 this morning pretty similar to @rockman.
    Low light cold morning, just hit the trail, covered in leaves and I clipped a rock with my right pedal while moving really well, bike stopped(Ididnt) and over the bars/out the front door I went.

    Worst part is Iím a Firefighter riding alone so I couldnít call 911, next is Iím a Former United States Marine, I worked a 24hr shift on Veterans Day, my wife said take the day and go do what you like to celebrate your day. Some day

    Had to walk out, suffer to remove hydration pack, shoes, helmet, gloves, break the bike down and stuff it in the back seat (no putting it in the truck bed to get stolen) and drive to the ER.

    Looking for an ortho now. Had to call my Chief and let him know Iíd be out a good while, not to mention Iím a highly active guy that works out in some form 6 days a week. Iím going to go insane!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RyeThomas View Post
    I broke mine at 0700 this morning pretty similar to @rockman.
    Low light cold morning, just hit the trail, covered in leaves and I clipped a rock with my right pedal while moving really well, bike stopped(Ididnt) and over the bars/out the front door I went.

    Worst part is Iím a Firefighter riding alone so I couldnít call 911, next is Iím a Former United States Marine, I worked a 24hr shift on Veterans Day, my wife said take the day and go do what you like to celebrate your day. Some day

    Had to walk out, suffer to remove hydration pack, shoes, helmet, gloves, break the bike down and stuff it in the back seat (no putting it in the truck bed to get stolen) and drive to the ER.

    Looking for an ortho now. Had to call my Chief and let him know Iíd be out a good while, not to mention Iím a highly active guy that works out in some form 6 days a week. Iím going to go insane!!!!
    Bummer. All things considered though if the damage is just the clavicle it's a pretty quick recovery. Definitely get an MRI and make sure there's no rotator cuff damage, etc.

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    I got 10-14 hours of sleep daily and eating lots of apples(bone-mending Boron) and I was healed in 5 weeks. Gotta up the caloric intake, as the body needs it to heal... otherwise, nutrients get scavenged.
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    Thanks for the great thread!

    Managed to do this a couple weeks ago. I went off a drop on a steep section going way too fast. Landed fine, but wasn't able to control myself before hitting a tree (which I missed with my body) and the ground (which I didn't miss so well.)

    Obviously this wasn't a good candidate to heal on it's own. Plate and six screws. The good news is that I don't think I did any (much) damage to the shoulder.

    Totally sucks, but this is self inflicted so I have to live with the consequences. I am 46 now, which is probably too old to be getting my wheels off the ground as much as I do. I believe I'm as fast as I've ever been, which admittedly is not very fast.

    Anyway, I did have a question. Any of you guys use the electronic stimulators to promote bone growth? Did your doctor recommend it and what did you purchase?

    I have a ski trip booked for New Years. That will be about 8 weeks post surgery. I don't know if I will be ready.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tadmcmichael View Post
    Managed to do this a couple weeks ago. I went off a drop on a steep section going way too fast. Landed fine, but wasn't able to control myself before hitting a tree (which I missed with my body) and the ground (which I didn't miss so well.)

    Obviously this wasn't a good candidate to heal on it's own. Plate and six screws. The good news is that I don't think I did any (much) damage to the shoulder.

    Totally sucks, but this is self inflicted so I have to live with the consequences. I am 46 now, which is probably too old to be getting my wheels off the ground as much as I do. I believe I'm as fast as I've ever been, which admittedly is not very fast.

    Anyway, I did have a question. Any of you guys use the electronic stimulators to promote bone growth? Did your doctor recommend it and what did you purchase?

    I have a ski trip booked for New Years. That will be about 8 weeks post surgery. I don't know if I will be ready.
    Sucko, that sounds like the pressure I was feeling knowing I had waited 10 years to get a Grand Canyon trip through the lottery and thinking I was going to have to cancel. I didn't know I could actually pull it off until I had the oars in my hands. Lots of waking up at 3am beating myself up and cursing strava.

    To answer your question I have no idea if electronic stimulation works but I ran a bone stim 24-7 up until the day I left. I would put the electrodes on either side of the break. As luck would have it my brother works for Phizer so he sent me one for free. I'm not sure my insurance would have covered it. Both my ortho and my PT shrugged their shoulders and said it couldn't hurt so why not try it. At age 56 I was looking for any edge I could get.

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    Many thanks for the info Rockman.

    I was thinking the same thing for the electrical gizmo. Figure it canít hurt. Not sure if I can just buy a TENS machine or if I need something different


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    Low-intensity pulsed ultrasound can also aid in mending bone, most physical therapists will be able to do it. They just aim the LIPO machine at the spot for 10-15 minutes for a couple of sessions.

    It's one of the might help, can't hurt solutions.

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