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Old 12-18-07, 02:30 PM
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Broken Ribs... Recovery time estimates...?

I managed to crash my bike pretty hard about a week ago and now have two broken ribs - one is completely broken in half, the other just cracked. No internal damage - just sitting around waiting to heal at this point (and riding the stationary bike of course...).

I'm 38 years old and in very good shape - never experienced anything like this before - any experience/feedback on how long this will take to heal???...

Any input appreciated!

Thanks,

- Jim
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Old 12-18-07, 02:33 PM
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Last year I had crack rib and it took me a month. I guess broken rib might take more time than crack.

Anyway, take care well.
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Originally Posted by SuwaneeHardtail View Post
riding the stationary bike of course
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I'm 38 years old and in very good shape
You can get on a stationary bike!!!?? I had hard enough time trying to breath without tearing up

Anyways though it will be a long slow healing prosses, hate to say it but its true. Good luck and take care!
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Old 12-18-07, 03:15 PM
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yeah, gonna be a while. i broke 3 a couple years ago. still remember when the morphine kicked in at the ER. if your wife doesn't like to be tickled, by all means don't do it. mine accidentally kicked me right on the brokens and i dropped like a rock. just enjoy the lortabs and take it easy.
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It different for everyone. My first set of broken ribs took me out for a month. I couldn't even get out of bed without grunting in pain. It more of an inconvenience these days.

If you get on the bike asap, it hurts less, but is probably bad for you.
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Old 12-18-07, 03:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Little Leo View Post
You can get on a stationary bike!!!?? I had hard enough time trying to breath without tearing up

Anyways though it will be a long slow healing prosses, hate to say it but its true. Good luck and take care!
Moi aucci. I could't do anything that required deep breathing. I was out for 6 weeks and slow and pained for many after that. Might depend on which ribs your hrut though
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Old 12-18-07, 03:49 PM
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crashed off a log bridge in October, I can ride but they are still tender if I bump them. Doctor said 6 wks too heal isn't unusual. good luck!
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Old 12-18-07, 04:09 PM
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check with your doctor?
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Old 12-18-07, 04:30 PM
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could be a month, could be 2. Your ribs will stop telling you you're NOT ready.
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Hope you heal quickly. And be thankful those broken ribs didn't get a lung. Happened to me once - - pneumothorax (literally and figuratively) sucks.
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I broke two ribs in February in a lame MTB fall. Recovery was surprisingly quick. I rode a Century 3 weeks after the accident. I think it depends a lot on the exact location and circumstances of the break as I know others who have taken over 2 mos to recover.
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a few months back i cracked 1 or 2 (fractured). Took about 3-4 weeks to be just about pain free.
Sneezing, laughing, coughing, and sometimes just breathing is a nightmare.

I remember the first sneeze I dropped to ground in pain. wasnt expecting that!
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check with your doctor?
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Some time back, I broke two ribs at work, decided to keep working for a week before going to the walk-in clinic, (I went to the clinic mostly due the hyper extended abdominal muscles just killing me). Any how, after a week, I went back to work and seperated the ribs again(they where begining to fuse together when I seperating them). Since then I have broke them in the same spot again. Its been at least ten years and on cold mornings they hurt like a bas*urd. Did the same thing with my knee surgery. Moral of the story take your time to recover. Out of 30+ broken bones that I have had, they have be in the top 3 most P.I.A. ones to break.
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Originally Posted by Indolent58 View Post
I broke two ribs in February in a lame MTB fall. Recovery was surprisingly quick. I rode a Century 3 weeks after the accident. I think it depends a lot on the exact location and circumstances of the break as I know others who have taken over 2 mos to recover.
I agree, have two healing cracked ones at the moment, first week hurt and sucked bad, now its barely noticeable 2.5 weeks later.
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