post #76 of 1871
10/30/05 at 8:35pm
Originally Posted by Craig B
Hello to all of you that have been as unfortunate as I,
I broke my collar bone about 6 weeks ago on a motocross bike. I am 42 years old and a very active individual. I was as well told to let it heel on it's own. However, It is broke in two places and is shaped like a Z with a 15mm piece that is vertical. I, as well as many of my friends, think it is wrong to let it heal in this manner. I have a very large bump (edge of the bone) where the bone from the neck area is sticking up in the skin. The doctor keeps telling me to let it heal like this that an operation is risky due to infection. I have had four doctor's opinions and 2 were against the operation and 2 stated it was an option. Since my normal Doctor has convinced me not to have the operation and the bone is healing I am concerned about such a late operation.
My wife is also not carzy about the operation. It is still very discomforting after 6 weeks and the bone under the skin continues to cause pain but it appears that the bones have begun to fuse back together. I would really like the operation. Any suggestions from those of you that have had a similiar break? I am really struggling with how bad this looks (bone protrudes approx 20mm more than the good collarbone.
Originally Posted by mbishop38
I just thought I would check in and report my results from the my plate and screw surgery about 7 weeks ago. I feel great, I am back to most activities (not weightlifting yet). I have great range of motion and no pain. The scar is about 5 inches long and sort of red but I am pretty pleased at the thinness of it. I am glad I had the surgery. It was a little painful the first 3 days after surgery but after that I was not on any pain killers.
Thanks for all your advice.
Originally Posted by friedmikey
Can I ask how long you were in a sling for after the surgery? It's been about 8.5 weeks since my surgery and about 2.5 since I was cleared to throw away the sling. I'd hardly say I feel great. My arm feels like it weighs 200lbs, no weights necessary. My doctor did tell me yesterday that I can get back on the bike if I want to. I'm surprised to hear this so soon and honestly I'm a little scared to try - the last thing I need is to crash again because I can't hold myself up!
Originally Posted by ahinalu
I got rid of the sling after the first week. I was riding light after 7-8wks and
full on after 10-12 wks. I'm 40 y/o, so I should be average. I was taking a lot
of calcium during recovery. Did they send you to PT? That helped a lot on my
first break (it was the worst, plus I tore my deltoid off the bone). If the doc
says you're good, I would get back to moving that arm. If the bone is healed
and you're still sore, it's probably atrophy. Like I always say, "move or die".
Originally Posted by DVad3r
Whew thank god for this forum. I got hit by a car 2 weeks ago while biking and fractured my right clavicle in 3 places. They put me in a sling and opted against surgery (even though the break is very bad). I had pain in my shoulder first 2-3 days after accident and then it has stopped. I am going back thursday to get it x-rayed again to see how it is healing. I am 21, very active for last 3 years, and never broke a bone in my body until this unfortunate day.
I don't want the surgery because like mentioned in previous posts it is indeed a very complicated procedure with great risk for infection, and in canadian hospitals, the way they butcher ppl here, I am afraid.
I really want to heal up well because Iam only 21 and don't want to be disabled/weakened in that part of my body at such a young age. Has anyone here completely healed from this injury and feel 100 % again? I really want to go back to the gym again and do weights and not have limitations.
Also is there anything I can do at home for the next 8 weeks to help the process? Special diet, supplements, etc? So my bones heal faster?
This is a terrible injury, my whole life has come to a stop, can't do anything, I don't know how you ppl go back to work a few days after or prepare for hurricaines, mad respect. Me I have become a super couch potato catching up on every TV show for the past 2 years. Gaining weight too since I can't do anything.
Any advice/comments are appriciated.
Originally Posted by gesssner
hi peter..canada is fine man!!!..i got my surgey in cozumel in a little mexican island in the caribbean...and the chance of infection is verry verry little if you follow the elementary basics of keeping the wound clean...it's simple! after all my research and talking to people and all my biker budys all over the world i have seen now a lot of colloarbone fractures grown together without surgery..and i think maybe 90% of all looks like ****!!!
man if you dont have a simple fracture where the doc is aible to make a reposition of your collarbones and then you waering the eight sling for at least 4 weeks and moving verry carfully then you have a big chance that the ends of your bones never will join again...and become two dead ends....and then anyway you need a surgery!!! in your case although if it grows in some how together...it will be look like **** and your new "collarbone patchwork thing" will be almost a inch shorter....so that means you will be have a bit bended figure in the end...spiral have to adjust to the new situation etc etc etc..( you don't now what else will cause that!) that's the lucky case!!! and you waist so much time....surgery is one or max two days in a hospital and after two days you can start using your arm!!!...and after 2-3 weeks you allready starting with PT ...this infection thing i have heard here in this forum the first time..it is not a real reason for becoming a couch potato....go and look for a hospital where ther are doing sports cases!!
PS or wear your little skirt and eat chips and get really fat..then nowbody can see you sad looking bone fracture collage ....or be a real man and break the other side in a similar way then you will have a new - but at least even look!!
Originally Posted by daymat
One consiseration when considering delaying the decision to have surgery , when its been recomended by a surgeon, is the affect the delay will have on your shoulder . I waited over 6 weeks before going private , and the main challenge for me was not recovering from the op, but the rehabilitation of a shoulder than hadnt moved in 12 weeks !