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So who else skied with broken rib?

post #1 of 27
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Just some idle musing.

On the first day of my trip to Colorado for LGC IV (day before LGC "openning day" at Loveland). I fell and slided, eventually stopped by a tree! :

My side hurts pretty bad for a while but a good dose of Tylanol got it under control enough I was able to have dinner with a bunch of bears and slept through the night. So I blissfully skied through the entire first week of LGC. Helped by more Tylonol, that is. Sometime taking it easy, other times not so. "Better living via chemicals", as Janice (Bong's friend) puts it. The pain was always there, though mostly just a dull pain that can be easily supressed by the adrenalin of skiing good snow (aka some powder days ).

Today, I finally got an appointment with my GP and got x-rayed. I had broken ribs in TWO PLACES!!! : Ooops...

She was amused that I skied through it all. Must be my "communication" between body and brain was somewhat defficient! Most people who had broken rib said it hurt REALLY BAD. Since I'm no hero, perhaps just "insensitive" in that department?

So, who else had skied with broken ribs (knowingly or unknowingly)???:
post #2 of 27
Wow! : Impressive skiing under such conditions.
post #3 of 27

well, since you asked...

I did, at the Snowbird ESA a few years ago. I also sprained my wrist from the same collision (I was skied into from behind by a fellow ESA skier who shall remain unidentified and sent flying through the air in Mineral Basin) and skied with it in a splint. I thought that the pain in my back was just a bruise, but an xray when I got home revealed a paravertebral fracture of one rib. Hurt like hell for about 2-3 weeks, but I wasn't going to pass up 3 powder days at Alta-Bird for some pain! Traversing while having only 1 fully functional arm to pole with was pretty tough, however.
post #4 of 27
It happens.

Mr TC has skied with broken ribs, a broken hand, separated shoulder.........sheesh, I can't remember it all.

Last week I skied with a lady who has a broken Fib.
Two weeks prior, she fell, skiing, and thought he leg hurt, but passed it off as a strain.
The following week, she went to get it checked. The xray showed a broken fib, which she had skied on for most of a day and then walked on for almost a week(good thing the Tib was in tact)
The day I met her, she was skiing(sure her doc doesn't know), and said she had the air cast in the car to put back on when she was done for the day.

Some people have high pain tolerance and a passion for the sport.
post #5 of 27
A couple of years ago, a snowboarder crashed into me from behind, and his board whacked me hard on my side. I didn't think much of it so I finished my little ski holiday, but wondered why it hurt so much to laugh and sneeze. Diagnosis: broken rib.
post #6 of 27
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Originally Posted by SugarCube View Post
A couple of years ago, a snowboarder crashed into me from behind, and his board whacked me hard on my side. I didn't think much of it so I finished my little ski holiday, but wondered why it hurt so much to laugh and sneeze. Diagnosis: broken rib.
I thought so too.

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Some people have high pain tolerance and a passion for the sport.
I heard that. just never thought that's me!

I guess I'm finally accepting I do have relatively high pain tolerance and also heal relatively fast (for my age, that is). All these mountain biking (lots of little crashes and scratches/scrapes), skiing (strains here and there, now broken ribs). Don't seem to bother me the whole concept of falls...
post #7 of 27
I skied/taught full time for about 6 weeks with at least broken sternum (from a car wreck) my first year at Alta. The tows were painful.

I skied several days on a broken wrist (uncasted) on vacation years earlier. The only thing that hurt was te pole touch. I was in a cast 4.5 months after I got home.

Those were minor. Who was it on there that has skied REALLY mangled?
post #8 of 27
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Originally Posted by Lonnie View Post
I skied/taught full time for about 6 weeks with at least broken sternum (from a car wreck) my first year at Alta. The tows were painful.

I skied several days on a broken wrist (uncasted) on vacation years earlier. The only thing that hurt was te pole touch. I was in a cast 4.5 months after I got home.

Those were minor. Who was it on there that has skied REALLY mangled?
HA, you HAVE to meet up with my husband. Something tells me you'd get along great. He raced a dirt bike season with a sternum injury 3 cracked ribs and a broken finger.
Of course he did all that damage during a dirt bike race and was not about to throw away the series standing.:
post #9 of 27
We ski race and there is always something hitting us breaking stuff?

What the heck??? LOL

Ribs, arms ,legs, shoulders, poles, helmets, skis, gloves, boots, well you get the picture...

I raced at a National event and a State event with broken ribs! My special thanks goes out to Vicodin and Codine and a high tolerance for pain and my own stupidity and lack of common sense....LOL LOL lol
post #10 of 27
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Well, I wasn't racing and had no intention to ski with broken ribs.

Still, it happens, even to us recreational skiers. And judging from the responds, there're quite a few people like me who had naturally high pain tolerance and will ski through a lot of broken bits and peices. Even though we weren't neccessarily in it for the glory!
post #11 of 27
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Originally Posted by GSracer View Post
stupidity and lack of common sense....LOL LOL lol
Thats what I think it is for most people.

You ski fast with a broken rib, if you fall it could very easily puncture your lung.

Skiing with any injury like that is retarded. You either just take it easy and ski slow, and still prolong your recovery time, or you just get ****ed up on pills, and roll the dice on whether or not you can hold it together at speed all day, and still, if you dont fall, you'll still make the injury worse. Its not going to heal until you let it sit still.
post #12 of 27
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Originally Posted by MAGGOT View Post
You either just take it easy and ski slow, and still prolong your recovery time,

and still, if you dont fall, you'll still make the injury worse. Its not going to heal until you let it sit still.
Are you a doctor?
post #13 of 27
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Are you a doctor?
I'm guessing no. It's unlikely a physician would offer free and correct advice like that. My experience is doctors offer wrong and expensive advice. I saw a doctor after breaking my collarbone. I was not offered a sling and was told not to resume working as a bicycle messenger for "a couple weeks". I'm certain the fact that I was not told to immobilize the broken bone led to the fact that it never healed. I always ski with a broken bone. It's permanently in two pieces.
post #14 of 27
Oops. Another dumb post from telerod15 ^. My experience with cracked ribs is that they heal regardless of activity level. It was a while ago, but I think I returned to normal activity after a day or two after cracking a rib. I suppose it depends on the severity of the break.
post #15 of 27
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
Oops. Another dumb post from telerod15 ^. My experience with cracked ribs is that they heal regardless of activity level. It was a while ago, but I think I returned to normal activity after a day or two after cracking a rib. I suppose it depends on the severity of the break.
Rod, you are primarily correct. I'm not a doctor but am married to a guy who has had rib damage several times. Depending on the location of the rib/rib break, and the severity, it can cause further damage, as maggot suggests. However, in some cases, all you can do is live an uncomfortable life and wait for it to heal.
post #16 of 27
I skied half a season (my first in Jackson) with a shattered femur. I broke it in early July and started skiing on it in Mid Feb. Not very smart. It was about 18 months before that injury was mostly better. My friend skied a season with a broken shoulder of some type. I can remember seeing him ski down tower 3 from the lift with one arm strapped to his chest. My other friend has been damaged for 2 seasons now from a bad motercycle wreck. This year he managed to shatter his tibial platue in a slow twisting fall with no binding release. He was doing the lower line up and ski off a few weeks later and I skied rendevous bowl with him during the last week of the season. He's not that smart either. No Brain... No Pain.
post #17 of 27
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Are you a doctor?
No, I'm an idiot with a broken hand that really wants to go skiing.

I could go, but the swelling just started to go down, and it'd be stupid to push it now.

If I had pushed it now, I'd get the last couple days of lift served skiing on the mnts i've skied all year long, but if I wait, I'll be healthy for a few days at A basin in a month, not to mention all the colorado bc thats going to be skiing great into july this year.

Skiing slowly enough that im 100% sure i wont fall gets boring pretty quick too.
post #18 of 27
I yard saled at Monarch some years ago, slammed the ground on my chest and my asthma inhaler hairlined a rib on the right side. I kept skiing, but saw a doctor a few days later, he confirmed the injury and just told me to take it easy...which I didn't. Pain subsided after a few weeks, although I was a bit more careful.

Not much they can do with hairline rib fractures, I guess.

I would probably have continued to ski on my current injury, except..uh, I couldn't stand.
post #19 of 27
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Originally Posted by MAGGOT View Post
No, I'm an idiot with a broken hand that really wants to go skiing.

I could go, but the swelling just started to go down, and it'd be stupid to push it now.

If I had pushed it now, I'd get the last couple days of lift served skiing on the mnts i've skied all year long, but if I wait, I'll be healthy for a few days at A basin in a month, not to mention all the colorado bc thats going to be skiing great into july this year.

Skiing slowly enough that im 100% sure i wont fall gets boring pretty quick too.
Maggot, you and my husband must be a similar kind of idiot!
He broke his hand three weeks before our planned trip to Abasin last month. Took a week off until he got a brace that supported his hand while able to grip a pole.
He was ready to ski by the time we left for our trip and never missed a beat, other than having to take extra time to make sure it was wrapped correctly each day.
Stolen from Bklyns photo collection of our trip.


If you're smart about how you do it, you can do it.
post #20 of 27
How'd he break it? Seems like an odd injury.

I am pretty sure my hand just got whacked by one of my skis after it came off in a fall. What are the chances of that?

Regardless, I WILL be skiing again this year, just not for a little while, at least till the pain/swelling go away.
post #21 of 27
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Originally Posted by MAGGOT View Post
How'd he break it? Seems like an odd injury.

I am pretty sure my hand just got whacked by one of my skis after it came off in a fall. What are the chances of that?

Regardless, I WILL be skiing again this year, just not for a little while, at least till the pain/swelling go away.
He slipped on the ice while carrying a cement block. The cement block went airborne and landed on his hand.
This thread has influenced me to start a thread about the activity level of injured people and how it effects the healing in a positive way.
See MrTC's xray in this thread

Poor guy. I posted a poll in the supporter lounge the day after his dr apt about his healing, lack of ability to follow doc's orders and if I should go on the trip without him.
You KNOW I was gonna leave him home!!
post #22 of 27
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
I'm guessing no. It's unlikely a physician would offer free and correct advice like that. My experience is doctors offer wrong and expensive advice. I saw a doctor after breaking my collarbone. I was not offered a sling and was told not to resume working as a bicycle messenger for "a couple weeks". I'm certain the fact that I was not told to immobilize the broken bone led to the fact that it never healed. I always ski with a broken bone. It's permanently in two pieces.
There's no evidence that a sling or figure 8 brace would have altered your outcome. The advice you received was perfectly reasonable as long as your collarbone wasn't shortened > 2cm, in which case surgical management would have been a primary management option.

FYI, benign neglect is the traditional treatment for clavicle fractures. There's an old saying in ortho that you can throw two ends of a broken collarbone in a room, and they'll figure out a way to meet. However like any fracture, a small percentage fail to heal, a so-called "non-union". Apart from smokers and diabetics, it is impossible to predict who will end up in this group.

Delayed repair of your apparent non-union, using plate & screws and bone grafting, is possible. If you have persistent pain and a positive bone scan, then that's a good indication to get it fixed (that was free advice ).

If you want to read more about fracture healing, there's a great little book by Charnley (inventor of hip replacement) called "The Closed Treatment of Fractures". It's a classic and still absolutely relavent today. Reading it might help to improve your knowledge .

Regards,
Matt
post #23 of 27
A friend of mine skiied with 4 broken ribs for a week, one week after a rally driving accident. The doc told him not to ski since there was a risk if he had a big fall a rib might puncture his lung, but he went anyway :

He was mostly OK on the groomed, but deep snow was difficult but he still hit one 40 degree pitch. What caused him by far the most pain was the drive up the rough track to where we were staying.
post #24 of 27
I had a high speed collision at Mammoth Saturday, cracked 3 ribs and slightly deflated a lung (10mm). I'm on fairly heavy duty drugs (with intense pain if I'm late taking them) and not even close to being back on skis. But I wasn't planning on returning to Mammoth until Memorial Day weekend.

It is amazing how the mentality of us ski nuts (how soon will I be back out there) is 180 degrees from doctor and other advice at home (you need to rest a long time, like 2+ months). But the comments on this thread do seem to reflect less severe rib fractures than I've read about elsewhere.
post #25 of 27
A couple of years ago I was recovering from major surgery. (10 weeks on and off in the hospital and intensive care, etc.) About a week and a half after the doctor pulled the last drain out of my belly I went skiing. I did 4 runs on the bunny slope (with tears of joy in my eyes) and one on an intermediate. (I could hardly walk straight but I could slide.) I was wiped out. That afternoon I was asked to take the mother of one of our students out for some pointers so she could keep up with her autistic son. I did a one-run lesson with her. I was totally wiped out, but happy as hell.

Told my Doctor the next week. He sort of shook his head : and told me "Well, you got to do what you got to do." Thank God he's a skier too with a ski racing daughter. He understands. My sisters on the other hand.....

When you are addicted to this sport as bad as most of us here are, there is no telling what we will do to get a fix.
post #26 of 27
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Originally Posted by MAGGOT View Post
Thats what I think it is for most people.

You ski fast with a broken rib, if you fall it could very easily puncture your lung.

Skiing with any injury like that is retarded. You either just take it easy and ski slow, and still prolong your recovery time, or you just get ****ed up on pills, and roll the dice on whether or not you can hold it together at speed all day, and still, if you dont fall, you'll still make the injury worse. Its not going to heal until you let it sit still.

Retarded? Dude MAGGOT no need to be so judgmental or opinionated.:

Ski racing is my life. Pain is part of ski racing. Injury is part of ski racing.

The pain goes away when your at the start wand.

My friend always says..."If you race you are going to get hurt.":

Racing injured is part of the athleticism that goes hand and hand with this sport. If you are healthy or beat up we always race, it is part of the fascination of ski racing. Will I race this good in a competition injured as I would healthy?

If you don't race, then you will never know.
post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by Tony Crocker View Post
I had a high speed collision at Mammoth Saturday, cracked 3 ribs and slightly deflated a lung (10mm). I'm on fairly heavy duty drugs (with intense pain if I'm late taking them) and not even close to being back on skis. But I wasn't planning on returning to Mammoth until Memorial Day weekend.

It is amazing how the mentality of us ski nuts (how soon will I be back out there) is 180 degrees from doctor and other advice at home (you need to rest a long time, like 2+ months). But the comments on this thread do seem to reflect less severe rib fractures than I've read about elsewhere.
I'd say that your rib injury is far more significant that anything being discussed here. Take care of that!!

Then, get back out there!
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