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Broken collarbone...How long?(6 posts)

Broken collarbone...How long?seyboro
Sep 22, 2003 4:26 AM
Well, the cycling gods were not smiling upon our group ride yesterday. Three of us hit the deck @ 34 mph. Mark is OK, Dave in the hospital with some broken ribs.
I ended up with a nice, clean break of the collarbone. How long of a layoff am I looking at? What kind of rehab should I ask for? Suggestions, experiences?
Took one evening for Tyler. Suck it up.Steve_0
Sep 22, 2003 4:45 AM
Seriously, Havent broken mine since I was 4. noidea.
I took one day off in April w/ broken clav...biknben
Sep 22, 2003 4:55 AM
Alright...alright... I admit it was a very small break. It actually took a CT scan to find but it was there nonetheless. I broke a small piece off the medial end of the bone during a collision with a car. I was riding two days later.

I'm sure my break was nothing like yours but it goes to show that every break is different and we probably can't help you any more than your doc. If your doc isn't giving you that warm fuzzy feeling find a sport specific one that understands your riding habits a little better.

Some docs will give you the typical "6 weeks". The same way a contractor will say "two weeks" for a home improvement project. Somethimes you gotta dig a little to get to the truth.
re: Broken collarbone...How long?fasteddie
Sep 22, 2003 5:34 AM
Here's my situation so you can compare and see if there are any similarities to yours. Mine was a "clean" in that there were no fragments to deal with, but both resulting ends of the clavicle bone were pretty jagged. There was complete separation of the bone resulting in an overlapping situation -- 2 ends of the break overlapped each other by nearly 1 1/2". Surgery was not recommended and I used a simple sling during healing. The break eventually healed nicely, but it did result in that shoulder being shorter than the other. Doc said healing time would be about 6-8 week, and it was about 8 weeks before I felt comfortable for even a tentative ride. The problem as explained to me is that a complete heal takes MUCH longer, So, a subsequent fall early on has a much greater likelihood of breaking again, and probably making the break more severe. I had only a few recreational rides before winter hit so I was able to use this time to more complete healing.

I didn't really pursue physical therapy -- thought I would do it myself. But, the "shortened shoulder" situation really affected neck, shoulder and back muscles. Don't know if following a prescribed therapy plan would have helped, but I still have muscle discomfort in that area 2 1/2 yrs later. In retrospect I wish I had pursued therapy.
re: Broken collarbone...How long?desmo
Sep 22, 2003 7:29 AM
Not the worst time to do it, still a little early but better than spring. Take a month off. You'll want to ride in a week or so but as mentioned before another fall could make it a lot worse. Do a lot of walking, up steep hills if you got 'em (If you have a dog it will be the best month of their life). Watch the food intake, and you'll be fine.
Thanks, y'all... nmseyboro
Sep 22, 2003 8:49 AM