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Broke my leg last night :(, anyone have experience(13 posts)

Broke my leg last night :(, anyone have experiencerailer
Jul 3, 2001 4:52 PM
riding the trainer with one leg just to get the heart going? Or any other ideas for that matter? thanks.
Bummer...........Len J
Jul 3, 2001 5:24 PM
Sorry to hear about it. How did it Happen?

I have no experience with riding a trainer one legged, doesn't sound like fun though. You might want to call a Sports Medicine MD or Physical therapist for some ideas on staying in shape. Is it a cast that allows your knee to bend?
Its just my ankle actually. So the cast is about mid-calf.railer
Jul 3, 2001 5:43 PM
Was riding the DH bike down a steep, rooted, rutted, trail and sorta got bounced into a large embedded rock and crushed my lower leg against it. Wasnt too painful, the thing that hurts is the 6 week cast!!! I imagine theres gonna be some serious atrophy in my calf. Major bummer as my fitness was just starting to come around.
I've got experience with that...biknben
Jul 3, 2001 6:01 PM
Broke my leg playing soccer a few years ago when I was 27. Wrapped my leg around someone else's. Ironically, I was only playing pick-up games to keep in shape.

Broke both the bones in my lower right leg (Tibia and Fibula). I was lucky that the doctor on call that night was one of the best in the business. He offered two solutions. 4 month cast, major atrophy, and mega rehab. Or surgery including metal rods and screws, walking with a removeable cast in 4-6 weeks. I went with option 2. I now have a Ti rod inside the larger of the two bones with sets of screws at each end to hold everything together. The procedure has a name but I've forgotten it. During surgury they actually bent my knee, moved my petella tendon out of the way, drilled the marrow out of the bone from the top, inserted the rod and fixed it with the screws.
It was awesome. I was on the trainer with BOTH legs in two weeks. Doc wasn't happy so I stopped telling him. Ultimately, after 4 months he had never seen such a quick recovery. Now everything is fine although I no longer do any running. The pounding causes pain where the screws are located. I hate running anyway. I still race on the road and MTBike.

One thing I highly recommend is drinking milk. I have been a huge milk drinker all my life. My wife buys 2 gallons a week for us and I drink most of it. It's as good for healing bones as it is for growing bones. I contribute much of my quick recovery to the milk.

I'd be interested to hear how you broke it and what the Docs have done. I remember my leg was bent like an "L" when it broke. The most bizarre and painfull thing was straightening it out myself on the ground. Unimaginable pain, but it was my first instinct, and immediately after that it didn't hurt much more.

I hope it's not too bad. Try to stay as active as possible. One legged trainer, weight training with the upper body, what ever you can do. It will help time to pass faster and speed recovery.

Good luck.
re: Broke my leg last night :(, anyone have experienceMeDotOrg
Jul 3, 2001 6:22 PM
10 years ago, I caught my front wheel in a trolley track while wearing toe clips. I was in a toe-to-thigh cast for 3 months. My quad and calf muscles were gone.

A lot depends on how much mobility you will have. The sooner you can start using your leg muscles the better.

I'm not sure what they are called, but there are little transistor-radio sized electric shock devices you can rent. You attach electrodes to your leg and you control the length and duration of the
shock you receive. You muscles flex in response to the shock (no, I'm not making this up). They can help with rehabilitation. Check with your doctor. I doubt if your health plan will cover it, but it's worth a shot...

One of the things I had to battle was depression. Physiologically, It's hard not being able to ride. If you start to feel depressed, let your doctor know. Not having those endorphins every day can really change your brain chemistry.

Stay on top of it. Do your physical therapy, even when you hate it. Believe me, you won't regret it 10 years from now.
I think it's a TENS devicemike mcmahon
Jul 3, 2001 6:36 PM
"I'm not sure what they are called, but there are little transistor-radio sized electric shock devices you can rent."

I think it's called a TENS device. TENS stands for T_______ Electric Nerve Stimulation or something like that. They are commonly used by chiropractors and physical therapists. FWIW.
Not a leg but....DINOSAUR
Jul 3, 2001 6:30 PM
Busted up five ribs last year, crashed while descending, blew a front tire. Good time to go on a diet, read and catch up on all those books your havn't read. I feel your pain, how long will you be down? Bad time of year to crash, at least mine was in the winter....
Depends on where you broke itKerry Irons
Jul 3, 2001 6:51 PM
If you broke your femur, there's not much you can do until you get the doc's OK. One legged pedaling on the trainer works. If you broke the leg low enough in the tib/fib, you might be able to get a good work out by climbing stairs on your hands and knees.
Hey, don't ride your new bike at night! (nm)My2Cents
Jul 3, 2001 9:40 PM
That's a real dragCliff Oates
Jul 4, 2001 9:32 AM
I'd check with your ortho doc about exercise. I broke my wrist a couple of weeks ago (had my second and hopefully last surgery to correct it last Friday evening) and went for a 3 mile walk a week after the crash because I was starved for endorphins. I was in agony the next day, and I didn't get much sympathy from the doctor whom I saw about the pain at the urgent care facility. I decided that day that the ortho folks were in charge of my injury and I would do whatever they instructed me to do.
re: Broke my leg last night :(, anyone have experienceboy nigel
Jul 4, 2001 10:29 AM
Hey Railer,

I'm sorry to hear about your ankle; horrible thing to happen. :(

I've done some one-legged pedaling stuff on the trainer. It actually does--and immediately so--point out the weak/less effective areas in your pedal stroke. Simply set up either a short stool or a chair on the side of the trainer with the broken ankle. Rest that foot on the chair or stool, and really focus on pedaling ROUND, smooth circles. Put your bike in one of the lowest gears--but enough to give you a bit of resistance. Be sure you're balanced properly--as close as you would be to actually riding your bike, so you don't overcompensate--and apply pressure through all areas of the stroke, especially the bottom and top (the top tends to be a weak spot for many). DON'T, however, try to do too much too soon; you don't want to injure your knee or pull anything. Sit in front of the telly and go round and round for a little while.

A speedy recovery to you,
Possible silver linings and some other ideas.Lazy
Jul 4, 2001 1:17 PM
Total bummer. Sorry to hear your bad news. Remember this though, it could be alot worse. Severe concussion, broken femur, etc.... Try to keep a positive attitude.

You should be able to catch all the stages of the TdF now. If you don't have OLN, sorry for the tease.

One legged on the trainer works pretty well, although I don't have any experience with my off leg in a cast. If you do this though, I would recommend low resistence. Your un-casted leg is going to get much stronger anyhow, might as well not increase the muscle imbalance.

Might be a good time to start working out your training plan for next season. Definitely work out a plan for your recovery once you get the cast off. Being proactive helps the attitude a bunch.

Work on upper body strength.

Make sure you stretch alot. Maintaining flexibility is good.

Good luck and God speed.
Thanks for all the input. Now I can watch every stage of therailer
Jul 5, 2001 9:29 AM
Tour and not feel at all guilty. I usually hate sitting around watching TV. In fact the At&T broadband guy is scheduled today to hook up OLN at the homestead.