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I just broke my arm, is there any way to...(9 posts)

I just broke my arm, is there any way to...dcm311
Apr 14, 2002 2:16 PM
stay in cycling shape. I hooked the bike up to the trainer, but it is pretty boring and I've been riding around one handed. It's really bad timing as I'm missing a lot of the early races and it's beautiful in Boulder.
Anyone have experience riding in a cast. Right now I just have the cheesy plaster-ACE bandage splint so it's not that comfortable, but I hope to go on easy rides when I get my cast.
PS I broke it on Tuesday.
re: I just broke my arm, is there any way to...Spinchick
Apr 14, 2002 2:43 PM
On my rides through Jersey farmlands last summer, I used to pass a one-armed cyclist with some frequency. He never seemed to have any difficulty. I would think it would take some getting used to though. Good luck and be safe.
Your biggest risk is falling and doing more damageKerry
Apr 14, 2002 4:33 PM
You'll need to be more careful, find lower traffic roads, etc. You don't tell us what part of your arm is broken, so that can have an influence. But there are some people who have started riding again as soon as they get their fiberglass cast, or as soon as the pain stops on broken collarbones. They take an additional risk, but it happens all the time. And some of those people also suspect that the additional blood flow (generated by the exercise) actually speeds healing. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.
Another question...dcm311
Apr 14, 2002 5:02 PM
First, I broke my radius pretty near the wrist, but not badly. On the x-ray it looks as if there's a crack in some glass (the glass being my bone).
My question is: when I go to the orthopedist to get my fiberglass cast tomarrow, should I bring my bike and try to mold it into a comfortable riding shape? I've never had a cast before, but if it's the same size and shape as the splint, I wouldn't be able to ride very comfortably.
Cheers,
Daniel
That'll be tough,TJeanloz
Apr 15, 2002 5:30 AM
It will be a tough sell to get a doctor to let you ride with a radius break. I broke my ulna three times (in a single calander year), and each time I was able to ride after a day or two. How the cast gets formed, and whether or not you can mold it to ride, depends pretty specifically on how the bone is broken. So the answer is, maybe.

However, being in Boulder, most orthopedists are pretty familiar with cyclists, and know your pain. They also know that you're going to ride your bike whether they say you can or not. So they will be more accomadating that most- just be sure to outline your desire to ride when you meet with the doc. It is likely that he'll say: don't ride for two weeks, after that, we'll give you a new cast that you can ride in.
Here's what you should do:lonefrontranger
Apr 14, 2002 5:45 PM
Is it the left or right that's broken? If left, it's pretty easy, since you essentially won't shift that much on that side (the torque of shifting hurts the break, trust me on this).

A Jr. I used to ride with broke his left wrist in a crash. His dad was a cosmetic surgeon and knew the orthopod, so they removed the kid's left Campy Ergo lever and had the orthopod mold the cast to the lever, in the position he would be in when riding in the hoods. He was back to riding in easy club rides as soon as they took him off painkillers (don't ride on painkillers, dude - vertigo is a bad thing on a bike).

If it's your right, be careful. How the heck did you break it anyway? Wait, don't answer that...

I rode Marshall Mesa on my 'cross bike today, just for you. It was windy as crap over by Eldorado Canyon, blowing fine grit/sand everywhere, and basically not as much fun as I would have wanted it to be. Lots of hikers/joggers and people with unruly dogs out :-P You didn't miss much.

I was at Stazio all day on Saturday. You probably saw me.
I was at Stazio Saturday as well...dcm311
Apr 14, 2002 7:19 PM
did you see some kid gimping around and sitting in those comfy chairs with a couple other kids (there's some pictures of us in the racing forum)? Two kids on my team of six raced that day and they got first and third.
I did break my left arm and am not taking painkillers so it's not a problem. That's the weird thing was that it didn't hurt very much when I broke it.
Unless you want to look like Quasimodo:Rusty McNasty
Apr 15, 2002 6:27 AM
Then keep off the bike while you heal. Why the h3ll are you asking the bozos here? That's a question for your doctor!
my sympathies...weiwentg
Apr 15, 2002 6:35 AM
as you know, i shattered my collarbone Sunday, and had surgery Tuesday. I completely understand your position.
I would not ride one handed if i were you, though. too dangerous. get the girlfriend over when you're on the trainer, maybe?
hope it was a clean break; mine wasn't :\