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Broken rib. How long should stay off the bike? (nm)(5 posts)

Broken rib. How long should stay off the bike? (nm)velocity
Aug 6, 2002 4:52 PM
until you can stand the painCKS
Aug 7, 2002 9:25 AM
I broke 3, collapsed a lung and broke my hand 2 yrs ago. I was told by the doc that the pain was the only thing limiting me, I just had to be sure to breathe deeply to avoid pneumonia. It took me at least 3 wks (if I remember correctly- I could be off) before I could ride on the trainer and not long after that I was back on the road.
re: until you can stand the painvelocity
Aug 7, 2002 9:34 AM
Thanks for the advice.

My situation isn't nearly as serious. Just one broken rib, bruises, and road rash that's healing.

The accident was two weeks ago. My doc said pretty much the same thing. Pain has largely subsided and I'm starting to feel like I can ride on the road but am holding off until I feel a little better.
I'd start with walkingshirt
Aug 7, 2002 12:43 PM
Power walking. You know, like the middle-aged ladies in white visors, white shorts, and spotlessly clean white cross-trainers.

1. Your rib cage will be expanded and upright; a more natural position than being clamped down on the bike.

2. You can actually get your HR into a respectable zone walking, and you can keep it there for an hour or two. During that period, you will probably pass by many of the demographic-types described above; don't forget to wave and be friendly.

/shirt
Walking yes but not sure about power walkingvelocity
Aug 7, 2002 1:20 PM
I've been walking home to/from work, a few miles each ways that I usually commute by bike. Your suggestion to power walk until I can get back on the road is a good one. I was thinking I could start by running but the pounding probably wouldn't do the ribbie good. Power walking ... um ... I can't get past the image of the "middle-aged ladies in white visors, white shorts, and spotlessly clean white cross-trainers" or worse...