Broken Collar Bone Recovery Time

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Broken Collar Bone Recovery Time
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Posted: Jun 5, 2019 at 13:27 Quote
thedad71 wrote:
fielonator wrote:
thedad71 wrote:

Why Bother? Scars are cool!!

They are, a bit hurty at the moment as well. Not bothered about the appearance, just the comfort.
My shoulder is fine but the area around the scar is "weird" for want of a better word, the skin is numb, cant feel much, apart from pins and needles.

It's very hard to see my scar, not very noticeable, the numbness is fading

Posted: Jun 6, 2019 at 0:17 Quote
lblizzard wrote:
thedad71 wrote:
fielonator wrote:


They are, a bit hurty at the moment as well. Not bothered about the appearance, just the comfort.
My shoulder is fine but the area around the scar is "weird" for want of a better word, the skin is numb, cant feel much, apart from pins and needles.

It's very hard to see my scar, not very noticeable, the numbness is fading

Did you treat it with anything, or just leave it? I'm hoping to be discharged in a couple of weeks, it's still pretty tender around the scar. I won't be wearing my riding pack for a long while at this rate.

Posted: Jun 6, 2019 at 4:58 Quote
thedad71 wrote:
fielonator wrote:
thedad71 wrote:

Why Bother? Scars are cool!!

They are, a bit hurty at the moment as well. Not bothered about the appearance, just the comfort.
My shoulder is fine but the area around the scar is "weird" for want of a better word, the skin is numb, cant feel much, apart from pins and needles.
Same here. I had my left shoulder done 3 years ago and my right done in January. The left is finally starting to regain a bit of feeling, but the right is... "weird."

Posted: Jun 6, 2019 at 9:10 Quote
fielonator wrote:
lblizzard wrote:
thedad71 wrote:

My shoulder is fine but the area around the scar is "weird" for want of a better word, the skin is numb, cant feel much, apart from pins and needles.

It's very hard to see my scar, not very noticeable, the numbness is fading

Did you treat it with anything, or just leave it? I'm hoping to be discharged in a couple of weeks, it's still pretty tender around the scar. I won't be wearing my riding pack for a long while at this rate.

I have several scars from surgeries and they are VERY noticeable except for my collar bone (you should see my hip and elbow). For some reason the skin on top of the clavicle area mends together very nicely, everyone i know that had the same surgery had the same results. But no i didn't do anything to the scar except keep it out of the sun for a few months.

Posted: Jun 6, 2019 at 12:09 Quote
lblizzard wrote:
PetrolHead209 wrote:
lblizzard wrote:


Mine was in multiple pieces, i waited 6 months before they decided something needed to be done. i had 2 plates installed, one on top, one in front and they sandwiched my bone back together. surgery messed up my shoulder big time i.e frozen, lots and lots of rehab but i'm 99% now and glad it's done.
x-ray on my profile

Looks like a similar fracture, good to know surgery is possible. I've booked another appointment to get a second opinion.
How long was your recovery after surgery?

once the bone is back in place it heals within 4-5 weeks like any break. the titanium plate on the top of the clavicle does not come in contact with many muscles so recovery is quick, HOWEVER once they put a plate on the FRONT of your clavicle it almost triples the recovery. The Deltoid muscle attaches to the front of the clavicle, then put a plate on top of that, the muscles are pinched between the plate and bone...well it's just my guess, google pictures of deltoid, where else would they go?,. It took me almost 1 year to get my full range of motion back but i was riding my bike after 8 weeks. The position my arms were in didn't bother my should to much to bike.

one plate ...easy recovery
two plates...expect months of recovery

was it worth it ....yes! i would have never been normal if i had not had it done

Update 11 weeks from the break if anyone is interested or comes across this in future:

I got a second opinion from another specialist because after doing some research, I started to doubt what the first guy had told me.
The new specialist took a new x-ray and was also pretty concerned. He said it was unlikely to heal on it's own, but was pretty confident he could operate on it. The plan was to do an AC joint repair (dog bone and thread) which would pull the collarbone back into a better position to heal. Failing that, he was going to put in a hook plate.
He sent me away for another two weeks with a much more supportive sling that he hoped might put it in a better place for natural healing. He wasn't confident and actually booked in the surgery anyway.
So after another 2 weeks I went back for an x-ray, a few days before the surgery. To my surprise got a call saying that it was looking quite good, and that they surgery have been cancelled. Got told to sling it for another 5 weeks, then come back for another x-ray
Had my follow up a week ago, and confirmed it had healed. Was told to ditch the sling completely and start physio immediately.
Went to my first physio session the next day - after 10 weeks in a sling for 23.5 hours a day, my range of movement was pretty much nil.
Progress has been quick, today I'm at about 80% of my full range, but still need to do some strengthening work.
Riding my bike to work is fine, but won't be doing any mountain biking until I feel strong again.


I think I got away pretty lightly to be honest. Sure the 10 weeks in a sling felt like a year, but I only had minor pain the first week, sleeping has been fine, and I'm back on the bike much faster than I expected.
So all in all a bit of a roller coaster and a lot of waiting around, but the result is better than I could have ever hoped for after my first visit to the original specialist!

Posted: Jun 6, 2019 at 13:10 Quote
That's good news then, you'll be back on the trails in no time.

Posted: Jun 15, 2019 at 8:02 Quote
PetrolHead209 wrote:
lblizzard wrote:
PetrolHead209 wrote:


Looks like a similar fracture, good to know surgery is possible. I've booked another appointment to get a second opinion.
How long was your recovery after surgery?

once the bone is back in place it heals within 4-5 weeks like any break. the titanium plate on the top of the clavicle does not come in contact with many muscles so recovery is quick, HOWEVER once they put a plate on the FRONT of your clavicle it almost triples the recovery. The Deltoid muscle attaches to the front of the clavicle, then put a plate on top of that, the muscles are pinched between the plate and bone...well it's just my guess, google pictures of deltoid, where else would they go?,. It took me almost 1 year to get my full range of motion back but i was riding my bike after 8 weeks. The position my arms were in didn't bother my should to much to bike.

one plate ...easy recovery
two plates...expect months of recovery

was it worth it ....yes! i would have never been normal if i had not had it done

Update 11 weeks from the break if anyone is interested or comes across this in future:

I got a second opinion from another specialist because after doing some research, I started to doubt what the first guy had told me.
The new specialist took a new x-ray and was also pretty concerned. He said it was unlikely to heal on it's own, but was pretty confident he could operate on it. The plan was to do an AC joint repair (dog bone and thread) which would pull the collarbone back into a better position to heal. Failing that, he was going to put in a hook plate.
He sent me away for another two weeks with a much more supportive sling that he hoped might put it in a better place for natural healing. He wasn't confident and actually booked in the surgery anyway.
So after another 2 weeks I went back for an x-ray, a few days before the surgery. To my surprise got a call saying that it was looking quite good, and that they surgery have been cancelled. Got told to sling it for another 5 weeks, then come back for another x-ray
Had my follow up a week ago, and confirmed it had healed. Was told to ditch the sling completely and start physio immediately.
Went to my first physio session the next day - after 10 weeks in a sling for 23.5 hours a day, my range of movement was pretty much nil.
Progress has been quick, today I'm at about 80% of my full range, but still need to do some strengthening work.
Riding my bike to work is fine, but won't be doing any mountain biking until I feel strong again.


I think I got away pretty lightly to be honest. Sure the 10 weeks in a sling felt like a year, but I only had minor pain the first week, sleeping has been fine, and I'm back on the bike much faster than I expected.
So all in all a bit of a roller coaster and a lot of waiting around, but the result is better than I could have ever hoped for after my first visit to the original specialist!

There are so many different opinions about slings, my doc said sometimes they hinder the healing. I think if i had worn one more than a week i would NOT have had surgery. It seems to depends on how and where the break is.

Glad you avoided getting cut on!

Posted: Jun 22, 2019 at 2:25 Quote
First ride this morning after my surgery 6 weeks ago. It was meant to be an easy pedal back from dropping my car off at a garage, somehow i ended up on some singletrack trails. It was great to be out riding again. I was pretty nervous on a few tricky sections, just off camber and rooty, nothing serious. It didn't help i was on my winter hardtail set up for road and gravel riding. Next time I'll take the trail bike and take it a bit more seriously.

Shoulder feels fine though, can't wait to get out again to get my head back in the right place for proper riding.

Posted: Jul 26, 2019 at 4:37 Quote
25 years old , broke my collarbone on a dirtbike 6 years ago, left to heal in a sling resulting in a non union, wasn't much of an issue until the last two years, creating all sorts of imbalances in my back & shoulders . Had surgery this March with a plate & 6 screws , had an x-ray a few days ago at the 4 month mark showing not much bone growth but the plates and bones stable . Was riding motorbikes again at 3months & full range of motion. Will update in a few months.

Posted: Jul 31, 2019 at 23:25 Quote
Broke mine first weekend in April. Took 5 weeks to heal and was back on bike 7 weeks after. Took another 3 weeks to feel back to full strength.

Posted: Sep 5, 2019 at 9:58 Quote
Wow...a 78 page and 12 year old thread on clavicle breaks!

I broke mine on July 21, just hit a patch of gravel and slammed on my right side. It's not even an exciting story.I also cracked a rib which has been worse actually. I was told it was "good" break and I left with a sling and pain meds. The bones just overlapped about a half an inch. I got the all clear from the orthopedic doctor after 5 weeks to ride again. In fact, he encouraged me to go ride. I did laser therapy on it which I really think helped a lot.

I started just riding some single track and the worst part was the tight muscles in my arm and shoulder from not using it. I've ridden 4 times in the last week and half and every time I go I gradually ride more technical trails and am feeling good. My goal was to be back by 8 weeks because my son and I are heading to Whistler. Honestly, I'm not sure how much downhill I will be able to do but I can ride some and I really didn't want to disappoint him.

I'm not a super aggressive rider so I'm not doing anything crazy but I'm pretty happy to be riding again so soon without pain. And I'm 49 almost 50...

eta...I made it to Whistler just shy of 8 weeks post injury. Trail road on Day 1 just some intermediate stuff, then did the bike park all day Saturday and half day Sunday. We quit mostly because of horrible weather. I'm a Blue trail rider so nothing crazy but the collar bone really didn't bother me. I did wipe out once and angered the rib again but I kept riding so it wasn't too bad. I'm sore today in both (2 days later) but nothing a couple ibuprofen didn't take care of.

Posted: Oct 15, 2019 at 22:43 Quote
Ok guys I am frustrated....

I broke my right collarbone at 2 places on the 25th of Aug.
Went to the hospital, they took an X-Ray gave me a sling. 1 week later I had a follow up. The doctor suggested me to get operated because of the positioning of the bones, that was the best way. I went ahead with it and had my surgery on the 5th of Sep. After the surgery the took an X-Ray and the doctor told me the operation went very well. I could do full movement but don't force it, when there is pain stop it. He told me I only need a sling for when I go outside so other people know I am injured. So I went around like that.

On 19th of Sep I went for a checkup with the doctor, he didn't do any X-Ray only consultation. He told me I cannot go back working (yet I didn't had any pain at all) and gave me more hospital leave till the 5th of Nov, which is when my next appointment is gonna be in the hospital with the doctor.
I complained to the nurses etc, and I just went ahead and went back to working, only not carry any stuff with my right arm.

On the 2nd of Oct I went to a private physio therapist, he told me he cannot do much more because it was only 4 weeks after the surgery and gave me a massage and some simple mobility exercises.

6 weeks after surgery - On the 14th of Oct I went to the physio therapist of the hospital, she told me I cannot do anything else as what this private physio therapist said, and I have to wait until I have my next appointment is with the doctor (5 Nov). But I can just do normal activities with my right arm and keep doing stretch and mobility exercises.

Now I am still waiting, I am going crazy because I wanna do some sports. I actually expected to be back on my bike by now.

Can I start doing swimming, because I am so bored at home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I do go to work but weekends are horrible as I cannot do much at the moment.

Posted: Oct 16, 2019 at 0:19 Quote
I had the same experience. I expected a faster recovery after my surgery, but i stuck to the doctors orders and took it very slow. I had 6 weeks off work post surgery, only doing gentle mobility exercises and wearing a sling when out of the house. After 6 weeks i was given the all clear and went straight back to work, riding, and everything else. I set myself fhe goal of doing press ups before riding anything dangerous, and i got back to full speed after a month or so.

It's up to you how much you do and how soon you do it, but i recommend doing as the doctor has said as much as you can. Use your injured arm, but be verybcareful with it. You'll get back to normal soon enough, and without any risk of damaging your new bionic shoulder.

Posted: Oct 16, 2019 at 0:22 Quote
fielonator wrote:
I had the same experience. I expected a faster recovery after my surgery, but i stuck to the doctors orders and took it very slow. I had 6 weeks off work post surgery, only doing gentle mobility exercises and wearing a sling when out of the house. After 6 weeks i was given the all clear and went straight back to work, riding, and everything else. I set myself fhe goal of doing press ups before riding anything dangerous, and i got back to full speed after a month or so.

It's up to you how much you do and how soon you do it, but i recommend doing as the doctor has said as much as you can. Use your injured arm, but be verybcareful with it. You'll get back to normal soon enough, and without any risk of damaging your new bionic shoulder.

Thanks for the feedback. Seems our stories match up very good. I will take it slowly, and try to follow as much as I can what the doctors say. I will wait off with swimming for now until the 5th of Nov. If they give the all clear I probably be the same as you, go back riding etc. Good idea about doing press ups before riding dangerous stuff.

Thanks a lot!!

Posted: Oct 16, 2019 at 0:26 Quote
No problem man, take it easy.


 
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