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my first broken bone

post #1 of 17
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So after finals were over i though i would reward myself for my efforts and go skiing one last day before i headed home to Oklahoma, big mistake. Second to the last runof the day at Copper i was hot-doggin down the bottom of Andy's Encore and didn't see the second 6 ft steep drop off, it was cloudy and flat light. Anyways i went airborn unexpectadly mid-carve and rolled over, receiving a direct impact blow to the back/top of my right shoulder snapping my collerbone in half. I stopped at the bottom of the SuperBee lift line and didnt even get to ride the ski patrol tobogan! Dad got to buy a last minute plane ticket and i got home sat. doc on tuesday, operation on wednesday. I now have one plate and 6 screws holding my right clavical together. Doctor said there was no chance of it healin together, it had displaced several inches and the muscle was not connected to it anymore? Anyways i will definately have a sweet scar to show for it. I was wearing a helmet luckily, i think i probably would have been knocked out if i wasnt wearing it. Anyways thought i would share my first broken bone and skiing injury with ya'll. Ski safe, i wish i could have been in CO for last weeks storm!
post #2 of 17
Merry Christmas! Sounds like the "last run" really delivered for you.

Have a nice holiday and get back on the skis soon.
post #3 of 17
Well, at least you are back in one piece with family to care for you at Christmas. Your crash and land at Superbee missing a burrito ride comment was LOL. Good for you. Humor helps the body heal.
post #4 of 17
Sorry to hear that.
Collarbone is a bad one - keep up the good attitude, it'll help!
post #5 of 17
Actually you picked a good bone to break. Just remember to fall on the other side for a while.
EDIT: enjoy the oxycodone.
post #6 of 17
sorry to hear bout the crash and burn --keep the humor thing going tho it'll help!
post #7 of 17
The bad news is, you got an injury. The good news is, it's your collarbone. Slap that clavical strap on, cinche it up tight, and get back out there. Hey! Its not like you broke your leg



(please note the tongue in cheek: )

Heal fast!
post #8 of 17
broke my wrist in two places last saturday (the 17th), went down got an x-ray and a splint and went back up on sunday and tuesday and wednesday and thursday and friday and saturday took sunday off and im back up today. now i just tone down the speed a bit limit my self to 10-15fters and rock the no pole steeze. If you can, keep skiing, if not watch a ton of ski porn till you can again.
post #9 of 17
I broke my clavical last year (not snowed related, impact injury from putting my hand out to stop myself falling on cement while running) and there was some displacement, didn't have surgery and it healed ok although there is a bump evident and I can feel a difference when lifting weights.

I suggest you do all the physio exercises they tell you, it makes a difference (I slacked a bit and regret it). I broke mine at the start of September and skiied on opening day (Nov 10).
post #10 of 17
Hey Gramboh--Welcome to the nuts and bolts club. Sounds like your fracture must have been on the distal end of the clavicle. If this is the case DO NOT take Trekchick's advice and use a clavicle strap. This will only decrease the chance of a bony union (which, though it sounds like a bad South Park joke, is a good thing), because it will force your acromiom up and away from your sternum. Even with the plate and screws, this will be insanely uncomfortable and physiologically contraindicated.

You will probably be slinged for about 8 weeks, which will drive you crazy after a while, but the pain will be almost non-existent after 10 days. After sling removal, you will need to work on shoulder exercises for about 6 weeks (it will be impossible, for instance, for you to raise your arm laterally at first).

However, and here is the good news, you will be back on the snow by Spring Break, and able to engage in pre-break activities without restriction by late-March.

Take care.
post #11 of 17
I broke my clavicle, and the bottom part of my scapula, and crushed my glenoid to bits. An operation would have done more harm than good according to the experts. I wore a sling for about two or three weeks. Once the bones set, in a few days the pain pretty much goes away. I actually had to do a little running two days after breaking the clavicle and the ends were sort of jostling with every step. That was not fun.

Make sure to do the physio exercises to gain back your range of motion.
post #12 of 17
I did mine a few years back.Drove it into a rock and busted it into 5 pcs. Thankfully, no surgery was needed. Was back on the slopes in three weeks.If you're having trouble sleeping,I hope you have access to a Lazy Boy chair.Partially reclined was the only way I could get any sleep at all.

Ditto what Ghost said about the physio.

Welcome to the club.Could have been a lot worse.
post #13 of 17
Ouch. Hang in there through healing and rehab.

After a big crash last year (thankfully without an injury like yours) I developed a new appreciation for the risk of skiing in flat light or other poor visibility conditions.
post #14 of 17
Ouch - well you still seem to have a positive attitude which helps! Get well ....
post #15 of 17
im new to skiing which means ive only hit two trees so far but i am not new to injury. in my more youthful days i was an 'aggressive inline skater' so i ate tons of pavement; broken something like 15 bones and have very few original teeth. now as im getting older and taking up things like trail running and mountain biking and rock climbing im learning that breaking bones isnt so bad at all. i actually miss it. you break a bone, they put the limb in lockdown, by the time you can move it without pain youve learned to compensate for the weight and now you have a wonderfully large skid block.
however you roll an ankle, or tear something in your knee, or pull a long muscle in your back and it takes weeks to even move again. idk if its my well beaten body not healing as quickly as it used to or what but theres definately been several times in the last couple of years where i wished i had broken the bone instead of pulling or tearing the crap around it. jm2c.

most important lesson learned: physical therapy. do it all. do it constantly. do it like its your new sport of choice. not doing my therapy from my first couple breaks in my mid teens means i can no longer play guitar, cant bowl more than one game and cant throw a frisbee. in the more personal department, im left handed but at night im a righty. nuff said.
post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by kagraham View Post

 

 i was hot-doggin down the bottom of Andy's Encore and didn't see the second 6 ft steep drop off, it was cloudy and flat light. Anyways i went airborn unexpectadly mid-carve and rolled over, receiving a direct impact blow to the back/top of my right shoulder snapping my collerbone in half.  doc on tuesday, operation on wednesday. I now have one plate and 6 screws holding my right clavical together. Doctor said there was no chance of it healin together, it had displaced several inches and the muscle was not connected to it anymore? Anyways i will definately have a sweet scar to show for it. Anyways thought i would share my first broken bone and skiing injury with ya'll.

 

Well this is an old thread, but eerily similar to how I broke my colar bone yesterday.  X-rays were ugly with the bone obviously displaced.  I was coming over a hill next to a jump, carving a turn to the left and unexpectedly took air, tried to roll as I hit the down slope and ended up slamming my shoulder full force into the side of the hill.  Saw an orthopedic surgeon today and will likely have a plate and screw inserted next week unless the bones decide to move together and line up by Monday.  I'm 44 and this my first real ski injury.  Very weird to feel the bones moving around in there

post #17 of 17

I hear you skinny.  I'm also 44 and broke a rib last week tumbling over some rocks.  Doc says no skiing for 4-6 weeks.

 

Like someone said earlier use the drugs - but it sucks getting old (my body that is, my mind is still 19).

 

I hope the original poster is well along his road to recovery by now!

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