Broken Collar Bone Recovery Time

PB Forum :: Fitness, Training and Health
Broken Collar Bone Recovery Time
Author Message
Posted: Jul 15, 2010 at 10:11 Quote
So, Im 19, and I broke my collarbone here in Whistler 4 weeks ago, It was a rather large break so it required surgery. I now have 5 screws and a big metal plate holding it together. It was agonising for the first 3 or 4 days. After maybe a week and a half i had about half my motion back and didnt have to wear my sling constantly. After about 2 and a half weeks, i had full motion and I dont need my sling. Week 3 i started riding my bike to the village. Week 4 I have been riding the local pump track, riding down stairs etc and it feels fine, no pain at all. It only hurts when i pull up hard, which i expected seeing as the bone may not be perfect just yet. Im considering going to ride the easy trails today actually up on Whistler. I actually landed on my collarbone twice already, once down some stairs and once slipping over in the shower, neither of which actually hurt my collar bone.

Maybe I was lucky with getting the shoulder specialist in Whistler, probably the place that sees the most broken collar bones ever, but its only taken 4 weeks for me to feel more than happy with it, I could even lift heavy water buckets yesterday with no pain whatsoever.

So, I guess surgery is a good option, Its in the right position, Its not shorter in length and I have good movement. The plate and screws are also staying in for life, so It'l be hard for me to actually break it again as the plate goes pretty much the whole way across.

Got to go and see the surgeon again on the 27th of this month for a check up.

Tim

Posted: Jul 23, 2010 at 4:45 Quote
I broke my collar bone last year on September 4, and after over 4 months of not healing had to have surgery to install a plate and pulse generator to aid in bone growth. I think the age of the person is the factor in surgery or no surgery. I was told by my surgeon if I had called him in when injured he would have done the surgery the first day, but I followed the ER doctors advice and still regret it. In my case I would have had one month of pain and suffering but ended up with six months due to putting off surgery. If you are past your growth years I think the best thing is to go to an orthopedic surgeon and get a 2nd opinion. X-ray is on my profile after surgery.

Posted: Jul 23, 2010 at 5:59 Quote
I broke my collar bone 2 seasons ago at Whistler. I also had surgery. I had to get mine done ASAP because it was an open fracture (bone poked through skin) and had to get things opened up and cleaned out to avoid infection. You can see x-rays in my profile. My healing time was fairly quick. I took my sling off after two weeks and because I was keeping my arm moving after that I felt somewhat normal after six weeks. The biggest problem for me was the pain. I was on oxycodin for the first two weeks after surgery. Age is definitely a huge factor in recovery time. Four weeks is fairly normal healing time for a teenager. You might not be on your bike so fast if you do the same thing when you're 40 Wink

Posted: Jul 23, 2010 at 6:01 Quote
i broke my collar bone 3 weeks ago in 2 places and i also have muscle damage, all in my left shoulder. wish i found this forum earlier lol. is it true it will heal up strionger?

Posted: Jul 23, 2010 at 6:07 Quote
[Quote="desperatesod"]
trldigger wrote:
Who here has let their collar bone heal on its own without surgery? how do you feel now? and how long was it before your doctor cleared you as healed?
i let mine heal naturally, its been 3 weeks now and its not sore, hasnt been sore for 2 and a half weeks now. the bone still sticks out ALOT but i can lift stuff and do a few pressups now, only thing that is hard is pulling up for jumps and stuff. going to fort william wc track on the 9th and glencoe on the 10th so we shall see how the bone holds up then

Posted: Jul 23, 2010 at 6:17 Quote
just had my 6week check up i felt perfectly fine until i woke up this morning with aches and pains in my shoulder? is this normal? im still not advised to ride for another 6weeks making the full 12weeks healing time. which is a bit gay

Posted: Jul 23, 2010 at 8:40 Quote
AidenCrocker wrote:
just had my 6week check up i felt perfectly fine until i woke up this morning with aches and pains in my shoulder? is this normal? im still not advised to ride for another 6weeks making the full 12weeks healing time. which is a bit gay
Doing physical therapy? I started having some aches before I started going and then after the first few days of PT. It's really important as far as getting your range of motion back and keeping you strong so that you don't have as many future injuries. I noticed that after I did my PT program, most of the pains went away.

Posted: Jul 24, 2010 at 10:34 Quote
AidenCrocker wrote:
just had my 6week check up i felt perfectly fine until i woke up this morning with aches and pains in my shoulder? is this normal? im still not advised to ride for another 6weeks making the full 12weeks healing time. which is a bit gay
Just build instead. U can use mostly your other hand for it. Also, try some easy riding like xc trails. Think about the things that you don't normally do while your busy biking and do those instead. Then you can make a shitty situation very productive.

Posted: Jul 28, 2010 at 18:18 Quote
I broke my collar bone on the 26th and im pretty happy thats all i broke. But my doctor says 3-4 weeks. 2 and i will be fine to move around normally.

Posted: Aug 6, 2010 at 5:45 Quote
konabrother wrote:
took me 4 months and then i was back riding Smile Smile
4 Months ? I was 4 Weeks back on the bike, but if i fall, I'm screwed !

Posted: Aug 6, 2010 at 5:59 Quote
konashred99 wrote:
konabrother wrote:
took me 4 months and then i was back riding Smile Smile
4 Months ? I was 4 Weeks back on the bike, but if i fall, I'm screwed !
Yea man, took me 4 weeks too.

Posted: Aug 7, 2010 at 9:12 Quote
I broke my right clavicle just yesterday, coming down a rocky ridge following my brother, he couldn't stop and went the wrong way... off a drop approx 2m high but rocky as hell, and I did the same but was going faster.
I went up there again today to look at where I landed.. it was about 4-5 metres from where I took off, I landed on the super steep side of the ridge, went over the bars and rolled about 10m hitting my head hard in the process
I broke my clavicle because I flew so far and my brother cracked a bone in his wrist from the shock of landing this drop because he was on a hardtail with about 2in of travel Razz

Posted: Oct 1, 2010 at 10:47 Quote
i broke my collar bone, i had an operation, ive got a titanium plate and 8 titanium screws. I could ride 3 days after i got out ( obviously not properly ) its now 10.5 and it feels much stronger than my other one does, yet they are still saying another 3 weeks before i can give it heavey impacts again.

what should i do

Posted: Oct 1, 2010 at 12:18 Quote
Wait, those 3 weeks are wortht it if the doctor says it is.

Posted: Oct 2, 2010 at 2:23 Quote
ed-d wrote:
i broke my collar bone, i had an operation, ive got a titanium plate and 8 titanium screws. I could ride 3 days after i got out ( obviously not properly ) its now 10.5 and it feels much stronger than my other one does, yet they are still saying another 3 weeks before i can give it heavey impacts again.

what should i do

definately wait man! and if you get the chance to take physio take it! i wish i did just makes everything work so much better like the muscles around it and all that, i cant do press ups anymore Frown on a good note i can frontflip now tup


 
Your subscriptions
no posts

Copyright © 2000 - 2014. Pinkbike.com. All rights reserved.
dv15 0.019181
Mobile Version of Website