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Old 02-22-11, 08:56 AM
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Injury & Recovery

I still think there should be an "Injury & Recovery" forum. This web site has such a wealth of knowledge that even with an injury such as what I sustained yesterday, despite being non-cycling related, i'm sure folks will have lots to share about sim ilar injuries.

I was filling the bird feeder when the chair I was standing on slipped on the ice under the snow. I fell landing with a rib on the edge of the plastic chair. I got a hand on the patio railing and the chair is plastic so it gave in a little but my rib is so sore. I know that even if a rib is cracked or has a hair-line fracture you can't do much for it. I'm not even sure I want to take the time to get an x-ray. ugh, I hate the ER.

I have a very physical part time night job working with lumber; concrete and other building materials and I just can't do what I can usually do. last night a buddy was doing more than his share and I felt bad. if I'm alone tonight there's some stuff that just not gonna get done and after last night my rib hurts even more.

anyway, I would love to hear from folks who have fallen on their rib and what their recoveries were like.

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Old 02-22-11, 03:55 PM
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My wife did exactly what you did the other day, sore rib and all. She was fine the next day, or at least it wasn't bothering her. Just depends on exactly what you did. I had a skiing fall during a downhill which cracked three ribs. It hurt to laugh or sneeze for several weeks, though I was able to ski without poles almost right away. A riding buddy had a similar fall, but landed with his rib on the edge of a piece of concrete. That cracked it. He couldn't ride for two weeks, but he's back now, no worse except a little loss of conditioning. As you say, there's not much point in going in. Treatment is the same no matter what you did: nothing.

My guess is that if it's bone, don't use the muscles on that side for a few days. It'll start to heal and then using your chest shouldn't disrupt it, but will be painful. My friend who fell on concrete was back hanging drywall in two days, but didn't feel safe on the bike for a couple weeks. He's tough, though.
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There's a potential danger in creating an "Injury & Recovery" forum, and that is that people who have to pay for medical attention, and can't afford it, will come here for advice instead of seeking professional help.

If you are concerned about an injury ... GO TO THE DOCTOR!

That said, I have cracked my ribs in a cycling related accident. I went to the Dr to get checked over ... at a Walk-In clinic (a nicer alternative to ER). While I was able to ride about 2 days later, it was about 8 weeks before I could come close to sleeping on the left side, and about the same before I could start lifting and carrying anything, or doing any heavy work.
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