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Riding with broken rib(10 posts)

Riding with broken ribbludoggy
Sep 10, 2003 5:28 PM
Took a nasty spill on the mountain bike on Saturday. snapped a rib and then had to ride another 10 miles to get back to the car. By the time I got back, I was in pretty bad shape. Saw the doc yesterday who took some xrays and verified the break. He is saying three to six weeks before I am back on a bike.

Here is my question: would it be counter productive to sit on the trainer if the pain is tolorable? My doc doesn't cycle, so he couldn't distinguish between mountain biking, road cycling, and trainer. His answer, therefor, was NO BIKING of any sort, trainer included.

I can't really envision sofa surfing for three to six weeks. Somebody please tell me it would be ok to spin away my frustration of the stationary steed...
re: Riding with broken ribirregardless
Sep 10, 2003 5:48 PM
I don't know about the healing part of it, but from a sheer pain standpoint, I doubt you'd be able to get in that good of a workout, at least initially. The harder and deeper you breathe, the more it will hurt, and it will already hurt plenty (and suddenly) from sneezing, coughing, laughing, and turning over in bed (or anything else that makes your shoulders turn out of line with your hips). I was happy to do nothing just to make the pain stop. The sharp paid didn't last six weeks in my case, though, but I'm not sure my breaks were that bad.
re: Riding with broken ribjtlmd
Sep 10, 2003 7:38 PM
Just had this discussion with my doc 1 1/2 weeks ago. I thought I might have broken a rib. Turns out my rib is not broken, just separated, but it still is painful almost three weeks later. It's not as bad as the rib I broke 2 years ago so you have my sympathy.

We set up a plan before we knew my x-ray results. My doc told me he thought road training would be OK as long as I didn't try to race the mountain bike until the broken rib healed (4-6 weeks) or if only a costochondral separation until the pain improves. That way I could maintain my fitness. Fortunately with only the separation I've been able to race the mountain bike anyway (I know I'm not supposed to, but racing is too much fun)

Being a physician myself I cannot recommend ignoring a doctor's advice, however you might want to ask another physician. The risk of worsening the injury on the trainer seems minimal if the pain doesn't get you first.
re: Riding with broken ribyellowspox
Sep 11, 2003 3:25 AM
I went through this myself about a year ago w/ 6 broken ribs. When they took out the chest tube, stopped the IV pain killers, and let me go home, there was no thought of riding....only, how to breath without hurting. After 2 weeks, I starting feeling froggy and thought I'd be able to at least start walking a bit to get the kinks out....very bad mistake!. I ended up back in the ER to have 2 liters of fluid drawn off my lung w/ a needle the size of a harpoon. Take your time and don't push it. I finally got back on the bike after 27 days but any climbing was a killer.
Cracked Mine this springbimini
Sep 11, 2003 4:19 AM
I cracked one this spring. I did continue to ride, but only if the pain was tollerable (without pain killers).

Take it easy - no heavy breathing!
Avoid rough roads - a trainer is great
If it starts hurting - Stop

Mine was a minor crack - each case and doctor is different. The 2nd opinion mentioned above makes sense to me
Cracked Mine this springbludoggy
Sep 12, 2003 4:46 PM
Sounds like the trainer is the way to go. I'm not ready yet to try mounting the trainer, but I think next week I'll give it a try
Riding anything will soon not be appealingpmf1
Sep 11, 2003 5:56 AM
If it isn't hurting a lot already, it will soon. I broke a rib a few years ago and basically did nothing for 5-6 weeks. Moving around or breathing hard hurts. The worst was getting up in the morning. It always took me 15 minutes to work up the nerve to sit up because it hurt so bad.

Don't push it. Bones heal pretty fast. Do what you feel like doing. Hey, it could be worse. Ever broke your foot?
Riding anything will soon not be appealingbludoggy
Sep 12, 2003 4:42 PM
I hear ya on the getting out of bed in the morning. I'm getting a bit of system worked out, but it is by far the worst part of my day.
re: Riding with broken ribal0
Sep 11, 2003 6:24 AM
You definitely can work on trainer or ever on smooth road as long as pain is tolerable. Really, it would improve and accelerate healing.
thankyou thankyou thankyoubludoggy
Sep 12, 2003 4:50 PM
Best news I've had in a week. Time for some vids.