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Crashed and broke my hip...

Old 08-22-08, 02:00 AM
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Crashed and broke my hip...

...on my way to work this past Wednesday. It was a wet day here in Seattle and I slipped on a railroad track and went down hard and fast on my side. Now that my hip is fractured I can't get back on the bike for up to six weeks! I just started riding my road bike back in March of this year and so far I've managed to get myself into a decent shape (I ride 100~120 miles/week). Now that I will be off my only source of exercise I'm worried that I'll be wasting away. Do you guys have any advice on what I should be doing in the next few weeks while I recuperate? What would you do if you couldn't ride for some time because of an injury in order to try and stay reasonably fit?
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Old 08-22-08, 02:09 AM
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Sorry to hear that. Take care of yourself. Take it easy and make sure you recover fully. Don't push it.
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Just heal up. You'll be back on the bike soon enough. It might be a rough start since you were off for six weeks, but it will come back to you.
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Originally Posted by winds10 View Post
...on my way to work this past Wednesday. It was a wet day here in Seattle and I slipped on a railroad track and went down hard and fast on my side. Now that my hip is fractured I can't get back on the bike for up to six weeks! I just started riding my road bike back in March of this year and so far I've managed to get myself into a decent shape (I ride 100~120 miles/week). Now that I will be off my only source of exercise I'm worried that I'll be wasting away. Do you guys have any advice on what I should be doing in the next few weeks while I recuperate? What would you do if you couldn't ride for some time because of an injury in order to try and stay reasonably fit?
Ouch. I`ve never broken my hip so this idea might be way off the mark but have you considered swimming? Good exercise and no impact. Take care of yourself.
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Old 08-22-08, 05:54 AM
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good luck with that man, i can olny imagine how p**sed off you must be... keep your chin up!
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Bummer.

What should you be doing, you ask?

Whatever the doctor says . . . . probably nothing. Prepare yourself for rehab once you're healed, you'll have to learn how to walk again.
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big time bummer. do what the doctors tell you. you are going to have to face the fact that you will lose fitness and may gain some weight. focus on controlling your diet, maybe start counting calories. i know there are a few, well one, broken hip experts around BF who may be more helpful. later.
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Ask the Doc if you can do some upper body training and maybe work some light dumbbells, that might help keep any potential weight gain off and give you a chance to work out a part that cycling normally doesn't.
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Do whatever exercise you re capable of, and the Doctor/Therapist has OK'd. Other muscles will still be sympathetic to exercise elsewhere, and will try to keep their tone. Amazing, but true. (A tip I got from my Physical Therapist - thanks Jeri!)

p.s. I don't think she weighed 90# dripping wet, in full gear, but, boy, could she inflict pain. Her name, muttered under my breath, replaced J.C. in my vocabulary, when I was in pain...... And, she approved! She also made my knee work again.....
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Originally Posted by mikesdca View Post
Ouch. I`ve never broken my hip so this idea might be way off the mark but have you considered swimming? Good exercise and no impact. Take care of yourself.
of course check with your orthopedist first, but I agree this might be a good idea. I've used pull buoys for years while working on my upper body in the pool (plus I hate kicking). the buoys are trapped between your knees and your legs are immobilized while you swim. you just drag them behind you.
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Did you hurt your bike???
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I've broken both my hips from bicycle falls. it sucks.

do not stop your rehab exercises, follow your doctors orders about weight bearing.

do more rehab repetitions if you can.

Wet and skinny tires do not mix IMO.

Ginko biloba (sp?) is proven to increase capillary blood flow; hip sockets require good capillary flow to prevent hip necrosis. I take ginko as a supplement and keep on a good nutrition regimen.

you may want to consider soy isoflavones or calcium/magnesium supplements to aid bone growth and healing, avoid carbonated soda beverages (soda pop leaches calcium from bones)and alcohol.

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Old 08-22-08, 08:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Bekologist View Post

hip necrosis.
whenever I hear this I think of Bo Jackson.
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+1 on swimming. Give it a couple of weeks, then ask your doc about swimming.
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whenever I hear 'hip necrosis' i think about my future not bo jackson.
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Sorry to hear it. Pick up an inactive hobby, and eat (a lot) less.
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Eat the right (and less) calories. Get a diet from your doc / therapist.

It's hard to be kept away from doing something you love but think long term. Come back to it slowly and surely.

Come back from adversity and go on to win seven Tours :-)

Wish you a speedy recovery
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Originally Posted by Flash View Post
of course check with your orthopedist first, but I agree this might be a good idea. I've used pull buoys for years while working on my upper body in the pool (plus I hate kicking). the buoys are trapped between your knees and your legs are immobilized while you swim. you just drag them behind you.
+1 on using pull buoys in the pool. It's a great way to stay active during downtime form injuries.
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Thanks for your well wishes. It truly is a bummer. So I'll try and eat less and maybe visit the local swimming pool once or twice a week. I'm used to eating lots thanks to all the biking, so that will be tough at first.

Dammit - how's the BIKE! ?
My bike survived a lot better than I did. Only real damages were to the shifters, the left shifter (the side I fell on) is badly scraped and the right one is missing its face plate. I haven't had a chance to test them to see if they function all right. I'm sure they do, even though they look pretty messed up. And my rear wheel needs to be trued, I think. But no damage to the frame. Oh, and my helmet is cracked (thank god for the helmet, at least I don't have a concussion).

In hindsight I probably should have deflated my tires to 90psi or so instead of 110psi. Although that may not have saved me in this case. Live and learn, I guess. Thanks again.

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Dammit - how's the BIKE! ?
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Originally Posted by BillyD View Post
Bummer.

What should you be doing, you ask?

Whatever the doctor says . . . . probably nothing. Prepare yourself for rehab once you're healed, you'll have to learn how to walk again.
This is the right answer. I broke my leg pretty severely last year. I did what the doctor said, kept my dumb ass off my leg and let it heal properly. Then, with my doctors permission, I got back on the bike - first on the trainer, then on the road, then on my mountain bike on easy stuff, then on to the more fun/technical trails. If you rush it, you could cause yourself a lot of other issues down the road (delayed healing, harder rehab, etc). Your body needs to heal, just sit back, chill and don't over stress it.
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Sorry to hear it. Get well soon.
Hopefully there are no complications so you can have a speedy recovery.
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Originally Posted by CharlieWoo View Post
Dammit - how's the BIKE! ?
Yeah. Really. You'll heal (eventually). But what about the bike?


And just to be first one to say it: HTFU and get back on the bike.





Just kidding. Seriously, that sucks. I haven't crashed and broken anything (yet), but dang......six weeks? I could hardly stand being of the bike for 2 weeks while I waited for my rollers.....Get well soon and don't push yourself.
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sorry to hear about your accident, railroad tracks can sometimes be very dangerous, but you will be riding again before you know it. just take it easy when you get back on the saddle though, i took 9 months off from last October until this July, because i suffered an injury at the very start of last season and kept pushing myself too hard the entire year. i was getting tired of feeling like i got hit by a train after every tough ride last year, and in the middle of October i decided it was better to take some time off an completely recover, even though i was riding much better than the year before. and it's been a tough road back, i gained 12 pounds from a lack of exercise and my cardio is nowhere near where it was last year, but i know i will be in top form by the start of next season and that's all that really matters...

good luck with your recovery, and don't push yourself until your body tell you it's time to push yourself...
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Holy ****, I did the same thing at a low speed on Monday or whatever it was and my hip still hurts like hell. I'm going to walk my bike over tracks when it is raining from now on. I was afraid that I had broken my hip at first; really sorry to hear that you did. 6 weeks isn't really that long though, so you'll be back in no time. In the mean time, you should do some kayaking or something that is all upper body, if you're able to sit OK.
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