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Question For Doctors and Injured Riders(4 posts)

Question For Doctors and Injured RidersCARBON110
Apr 24, 2003 12:30 PM
Yesterday I spoke briefly with my Doc assistant. I was anxious to see if in three weeks or so I might return to riding a bike on a trainer in my house. I was apptly looking forward to an answer but guessing I would have to wait for my latest x-ray to tell. Anyway, I said that in Racing crashing is inevitable to some point and what happens when you have a bunch of pins and a 12-18 inch ""nail"" in your leg when you go down? Does your bone shatter, split, break in several places? I asked if they planned on taking it out and they said no. In return she added no one can answer that question, generally bones heal stronger after a break but, you never know if you hit the right spot or what. Can anyone share some experience please. I don't want to stop racing, but I feel like it would be naive to continue with 30 races a year especially crits being as popular as they are. Breaking a collarbone, rib, or something...a single break seems better then multiple breaks in the same place as in my case. Any ideas or info would be great and thanks
re: Question For Doctors and Injured Riderskevinmd
Apr 24, 2003 5:35 PM
Hi,

Typically plates and hardware are not removed unless they are causing some sort of symptoms. Sounds like you have an IM rod, and they are rarely removed. The surgery to get it out is quite extensive (almost as bad as when they put it in). However, what you really need to do is talk to an orthopedic surgeon, preferably the one who put the rod in. I know people who jog and ride with their nails without any problems, but you really need to talk to an orthopedic surgeon.

Later,

Kevin, MD
hey Kevinmdfunknuggets
Apr 25, 2003 9:17 AM
can you email me, I have something else to bounce off you that is interesting, shouldnt take but a minute or so. funknuggets@yahoo.com

Thanks in advance,
chris
re: Question For Doctors and Injured Ridersnoveread
Apr 25, 2003 9:09 AM
I've got a couple of screws in the base of one of my legs. I was told by the doctor that the bone would actually be stronger with the screws in.

I don't give them a second thought.

Of course, I'm slow...

Noveread