Help! Broken collarbone!

Gary B.

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I know this is a common injury. Just broke it on Saturday, clean break, Wearing a splint and a sling. I'm just looking for any helpful tips or hints to get me through this. Thanks in advance, just typing is tough.
 

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Give it a full 6 weeks to heal before you ride. It will feel better after a few weeks but the new bone growth needs to harden before you put any stress on it.

Drink lot of mik too.

Good luck
 
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Broken Collarbone

I broke my right collarbone two months ago, so I have some recent knowledge for ya. DO WHAT THE DOCTOR TOLD YOU TO DO. Take it easy and DO NOT RIDE until the doctor says it's ok. Another piece of advise, start taking calcium tablets 1500mil. per day to help in the healing process. I am back riding at 90% of my speed before the break so be patient.:(
 
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I broke mine almost three weeks ago. Not as painful as people made it out to be. I was out of the sling in a week. The most pain is right after I wake up in the morning. You might have to sleep sitting up, that seemed to help me. Make sure to ice it for awhile.

Good luck and don't skimp on the Advil.
 

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I've been sleeping in a chair, haven't even tried laying down yet. I just got back from the pharmacy with Tylenol #3 the emergency room prescribed. I was wondering how tight this harness needs to be. A friend said to have it as tight as I can stand it to properly position the bone.
 

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I think either Nikki...... Ya I think it was Nikki broke hers a while ago and said that it was very important to wear that harness all the time. PM her and ask her about it.
 
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The literature that I got from the emergency room said that a harness wasn't even necessary. I'm not saying that is correct or not. I just find it odd that doctors can disagree on such a common injury.

I displaced the bone so that may be the reason for myself not having to wear one.

I had a prescription for Percosets(sp?). That was probably the only good thing to come out of this injury.
 
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My doctor told me to take that "STUPID" thing off. He siad that nothing has shown that the figure 8 harness does anything. Once the bone was generally in place the harness was worthless. Ask your doctor if you really need that thing. I had a clean break that was ALMOST a compound break :eek: I was lucky.
 

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My condolences to all of you who have suffered this.

I'm curious, what type of crash or fall led to your collarbone breaks?
 
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Sorry to hear about the broken collar bone. :( I broke mine a couple years ago, I did what the doctor told me to do & it doesn't bother me at all to ride these days. So, take it easy, do what the doctor tells you to do, and you too will be back on that bike again before too long. Just don't push it.
 

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I know the feeling Gary B. , I broke my collarbone about 10 months ago. I was on the couch for about a week. Didn't really sleep to much that first week. The couch has home base. For me the pain was pretty bad the first couple of days. Watch out for the sneezes, coughs, and laughing. Take the calcium pills and relax. I wore the figure eight for whatever the doctor recommended, I think six weeks. There is still a knot or bump where the two pieces fused together. I started back into the workout schedule after about four weeks , just doing cardio. It took me about three months till I could ride again and even at the point the doctor was saying four more weeks. Everyone is different than when it comes to healing, could only be a month and half. Just get the wife or girlfriend to go rent those movies you've been wanting to see or luckily I had a whole season of motocross and supercross on tape I watched.

Take care
 
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The collarbone is the most commonly broken bone in the human body. It's no wonder since it only takes 7 to 9 pounds of pressure to break it. As they say at motorcrossactionmag.com, "there are two kinds of racers, those who broken their collarbone and those who will."

I broke mine at Mosier Valley on June 9, 2001. I was going into the first turn and was hit HARD by another rider and sent over the bike to my right. You can break your collarbone by landing directly on the shoulder or by landing on your arm with the arm raised, I did it with the arm raised. Go to motocrossactionmag.com and then to riding tips for a great article on the subject.

KDX Racer
 

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Gary,
Sorry to here about your collar bone! I have broken mine 6 times, 4 left & 2 right.
My recomendations are use the F-8 for a week, then pitch it. If you have a complete fracture it will keep the bones from separating them enough to start knitting. Aside from that buy or borrow a lazy-boy for sleeping.

For ease of living dig out any slip on shoes (forget socks), pull up shorts (forget anything "button-fly"), & big baggy shirts.

Best of luck with the injury.
 

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I was tooling along in 4th gear in some deep bottomless sand when ( I think) the bars got turned hard, the front wheel dug in, and I went down hard on my right shoulder. I just got a call back from the local doctor and she can't see me 'til Thurs A.M. But she did say to keep the harness on.
 
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Help Broken Collar Bone

Our son broke his clean in the beginning of the season. It was hard to keep him down and off the bike . But we managed . The biggest problem we had was a shower with the brace. If you can obtain a spare ....get it .....showers are a must and washing the brace is definate. He did the over the shirt thing then switched to under the shirt. I think it is whatever is more comfortable for ya. He bounced back stronger than ever but he is 12, so he by all rights he should have. Remember what the T3's can do to the system .......try to get off those asap !! They prescribed vicadin for our boy and he refused them .....good ole motrin suited him just fine ! Good luck and take it easy. He was back in a long 5 weeks !