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Who has broke there collar bone in cycling crash?

Old 05-07-12, 01:30 PM
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Babies get broken collarbones at birth quite frequently. My sister broke hers when she was born....

So some of you might have broken yours then and don't even know you did.
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Old 05-07-12, 01:40 PM
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In my previous crash I didn't break anything but had some serious road rash that I didn't think was ever going to heal. My collar bone is sore but I don't think it's any worse than my last crash and the road rash. I know showers are a lot better w/ the collar bone break.
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Originally Posted by bhayes505 View Post
I know showers are a lot better w/ the collar bone break.
Funny you say this...my first shower after the accident I had to ask my BF (now husband) to come squeeze some shampoo into my other hand cuz I couldn't do it with my left hand (broken left collarbone). I couldn't fold clothes, tie my shoes or work my bra clasp...he had to help with all of that. He didn't mind except for the folding clothes part...ha ha ha. Until the bones started to knit together if I moved my shoulder forward to perform tasks like mentioned here, it felt like someone was grinding broken glass inside my shoulder.
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Got hit by a truck on a back road in AL (outside of Mother Rucker), and did not break anything (knocks on wood). Right knee is still tweeked, neck is still not right, and I have some new scars, but all in all, I am fine. YES, my R3 was fine, just nocked bottles off and put my front wheel out of true, and tweeked my front break off to one side. Road home, no worries. Did take a day off, then hammered 48 hours later and THAT worked out much of the soreness.
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Old 05-07-12, 03:41 PM
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Originally Posted by eippo1 View Post
Did this, but 5 pieces. Elected to go non surgery which was a bad idea. Really tender joint now especially since one of the pieces is backwards so it really really sticks out.

At the time 10 years ago, I was in a crit and actually had a guy come all the way across the road (from behind me and on the wrong side of the yellow line to where I was against the curb) to hit my front wheel with his rear derailleur and broke a bunch of spokes in my front wheel. So my wheel tacoed at 30 mph, got caught in the fork and I had a very quick meeting with the pavement. The bastard then left the course before the end of the race and took off (it was the penultimate lap).

I was so pissed that I threw my bike off into the bushes when I got up and then realized that my left arm had done none of the throwing even though it was involved in those nerve commands. I felt up around that area and felt mostly mush and then some jagged stuff. The pain started when I touched the jagged stuff.
No surgery either for me. Which I think was a bad idea as well. I fell again but since the collarbone healed into a huge calcium deposit it didn't give. I broke my shoulder. Snapped the the Humerus off the socket ball. That was the worst pain I have ever dealt with. Worse than a dislocation and the club foot I was born with. The problem was they couldn't mobilize it, so they put me in a sling every time I moved it was intense pain.
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Old 05-09-12, 02:12 PM
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Come to find out the guy that crashed ahead of me was video taping the ride. I'm in the blue shirt. I broke my collar bone and he had some serious road rash. If you keep hitting pause and play, you can see me flipping over him. It took me a couple of times to see it.

http://contour.com/stories/raven-rock-ramble-2012-crash
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Old 05-09-12, 02:24 PM
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yes, on 3/24/2012 with surgery 3/30. 6 days post op i was on the trainer. 4 weeks post op i was outside. 5 week post op i put in 13 hours that week. i had distal fracture with a small fragment piece as well. first MD told me no surgery, off the bike 6 months, good luck. second MD had no doubts surgery was needed. it was explained to me that if you leave a distal fracture of the clavicle to heal on its own it can mess with the shoulder joints and ligaments. ymmv. later.
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Old 05-09-12, 02:34 PM
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Originally Posted by aham23 View Post
yes, on 3/24/2012 with surgery 3/30. 6 days post op i was on the trainer. 4 weeks post op i was outside. 5 week post op i put in 13 hours that week. i had distal fracture with a small fragment piece as well. first MD told me no surgery, off the bike 6 months, good luck. second MD had no doubts surgery was needed. it was explained to me that if you leave a distal fracture of the clavicle to heal on its own it can mess with the shoulder joints and ligaments. ymmv. later.
Interesting...The ER doc told me no surgery but I have an appointment w/ an orthopedic dr tomorrow. I'm curious to see what he has to say. The ER dr. said that my break was in a differect area than he's used to seeing. Mine broke towards the end of the collar bone, near the rotatr cuff.
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Old 05-09-12, 02:36 PM
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Me going over the handle bars. I'm telling myself, "this is going to hurt!"

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Old 05-09-12, 02:50 PM
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Me. Hit an unmarked speed bump while sitting up, hands off, resting from an interval. Rode five miles home.

Ouch.
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Old 05-09-12, 02:55 PM
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I've broken both. I'm kind of amazed Cav didn't in that crash two days ago, he landed right on his shoulder.
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Old 05-09-12, 02:56 PM
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Guilty. Only two months to heal, but still bothers me bit occasionally, two years later. Got a nice settlement out of it though - this is because I rolled over the hood of the vehicle, fun times.
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Old 05-09-12, 03:57 PM
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I broke my collar bone six or seven times but the last time I broke it I was eleven; one of the times that I broke my collar bone was in a bike accident. Then, there was falling out of a tree, playing football, being hit by a car, etc. There were a few others times but I forget what they were.

Fortunately, I haven't broken a bone in more than 30 years.
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Old 05-09-12, 05:16 PM
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Separated my shoulder so my collarbone sticks up, but not broken. Lucked out I guess.
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Old 05-09-12, 06:00 PM
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Very similar timeline to aham23 - slid out on some gravel on a 90 degree corner, high sided it somehow and landed on my shoulder and hip. Got a clavicle pin installed about just over a month back as my fracture was pretty significantly displaced. Been riding on a trainer about 1wk or so post surgery and running to mix things up. Pretty close to being back to normal now ~5wks post surgery.
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Very similar timeline to aham23 - slid out on some gravel on a 90 degree corner, high sided it somehow and landed on my shoulder and hip. Got a clavicle pin installed about just over a month back as my fracture was pretty significantly displaced. Been riding on a trainer about 1wk or so post surgery and running to mix things up. Pretty close to being back to normal now ~5wks post surgery.
Glad you're about healed up!
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Old 05-09-12, 07:28 PM
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I raced ten days post surgery.
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Old 05-09-12, 07:30 PM
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Broke mine last Fall along with 5 ribs.
Wish you the best.
The ribs hurt the worst for the longest, but no lasting effects, and I am back at it this spring.
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Originally Posted by rjc100 View Post
Broke mine last Fall along with 5 ribs.
Wish you the best.
The ribs hurt the worst for the longest, but no lasting effects, and I am back at it this spring.
Good Luk
I agree w/ you on the ribs. I broke a couple of ribs 2 years ago and I didn't think they were ever going to heal.
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Old 05-09-12, 07:37 PM
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Broken collarbone, 3 cracked ribs, concussion, and a trip to the ER due to a bit of mutual stupidity with another cyclist. Was on a very short trip between two buildings on a college campus- no helmet on, got up a bit of speed and got slammed by another guy who came around a corner too fast. I was on the outside of his turn and took most of his momentum, went down hard on asphalt. Fortunately my break had no displacement and I was cycling again in a couple of months.
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I broke mine six and a half weeks ago and had surgery five weeks ago. My orthopedist cleared me to ride on the trainer three weeks after surgery; I probably could have started earlier but waiting was fine. I hope to be back on the road within a month. I don't race and while I am itching to get out and ride I'm also calm enough at 42 years old to be willing to wait.

I touched wheels with the rider in front of me at about 25 mph and went down hard. I was conscious and talking but don't remember anything until over 45 minutes later as the ambulance was pulling out and my memories aren't really clear until about three hours post crash!

The ER doctor told me that I wouldn't need surgery but the orthopedic surgeon took one look and was ready to operate. My clavicle was shattered into five pieces, one of the fragments was crumbled and destroyed so needed to be replaced with a bone graft. My bone was badly aligned and would not have healed well, some breaks can heal fine with a splint but the healing time is much longer. Surgery is expensive but as long as you have good insurance it seems to give much faster recovery times and a better end result as your bone will be correctly aligned, the right length, etc.

Good luck!
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I haven't but my dad did. along with his hip, elbow and wrist. He must have landed totally wrong.
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I broke mine six and a half weeks ago and had surgery five weeks ago. My orthopedist cleared me to ride on the trainer three weeks after surgery; I probably could have started earlier but waiting was fine. I hope to be back on the road within a month. I don't race and while I am itching to get out and ride I'm also calm enough at 42 years old to be willing to wait.

I touched wheels with the rider in front of me at about 25 mph and went down hard. I was conscious and talking but don't remember anything until over 45 minutes later as the ambulance was pulling out and my memories aren't really clear until about three hours post crash!

The ER doctor told me that I wouldn't need surgery but the orthopedic surgeon took one look and was ready to operate. My clavicle was shattered into five pieces, one of the fragments was crumbled and destroyed so needed to be replaced with a bone graft. My bone was badly aligned and would not have healed well, some breaks can heal fine with a splint but the healing time is much longer. Surgery is expensive but as long as you have good insurance it seems to give much faster recovery times and a better end result as your bone will be correctly aligned, the right length, etc.

Good luck!
Glad you're recovering well. Hopefully the orthopedic won't tell me I need surgery tomorrow but if I do and it's going to make the fracture heal better then I'm ok w/ it. Like you, I'm 42 and want to make sure this heals correctly but to be honest I'm having a hard time thinking I could be off the bike for 6 weeks.
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Ha - as another 40+er I can confirm that we're all too old for this nonsense. Don't worry about the time off the bike right now - just focus on getting yourself fixed up. If you have surgery then I'd start your t=0 timer from that point. Although the first week post surgery was not that pleasant, I'm very glad I had it done. I'd have ended up with a permanent bump if my clavicle had managed to fuse (unlikely) and also left with a shoulder length discrepancy.

My experience was that it was tough to imagine getting back to normal in those first couple of weeks. Once the surgery pain/discomfort cleared up, the restricted movement became annoying, but that too starts to improve relatively quickly. Hang in there, and don't over think it. Everyone's different.

At the risk of sounding like a shill, I have been using workouts from www.trainerroad.com with the trainer; if you aren't lucky enough to have a computrainer or equivalent, then this will do a pretty good job instead. That really transformed my trainer time into something useful.
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Over the years, in crashes in races and general riding:
  1. I've broken my right collarbone
  2. I broke 4 ribs in a mountain bike crash
  3. I dislocated my left elbow and folded it backwards in a traffic incident where a motorist blew a light and clipped the back wheel of my bike and spun me to the pavement.....I also got some gnarly road rash off that one.
  4. In a criterium crash, I left my front teeth from both the upper and lower jaw embedded in another racers CF handlebar andf fractured the roots of the rest so badly they all had to be extracted, so I can now crunch ice without brain freeze because my teeth are artificial.
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