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skiing with fractured ribs?

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
I fell while mt. biking 2 weeks and cracked some ribs. I'm going skiing in 1 week which will make it 3 weeks from injury. It still hurts when I cough, and I'm pretty sure that any bumpiness in trails will probably not feel good. Not to mention falling. I will do my best not to let that happen. Any suggestions for minimizing symptoms or protecting area while skiing? I'm guessing I'm not the first person to crack a rib and then go skiing before it's completely healed.
post #2 of 20
I cracked a few ribs after cartwheeling into a tree last season. I skied on it the next weekend. It did not feel good, but I wanted to ski. Sorry, but I don't any tips to keep the pain away except for ibuprofen.
post #3 of 20
Scotch.
post #4 of 20
Thread Starter 
Alcohol is my preference over pharmaceuticals for pain.
post #5 of 20
Vic's and Perc's and lot's of them. And no, I don't recommend it.
post #6 of 20
I broke a rib at the ESA in Snowbird/ Alta a few years ago, and skied for another 3 days with it. The fracture wasn't diagnosed untl I got home, and was paravertebral, so the pain was mostly in my back. It hurt like hell despite a half percocet every 4 hours (I am very sensitive to opioids and wouldn't have been able to stand up straight on a whole one), but there was fresh powder every day and I wasn't going to let some pain get in the way of that!

3 weeks out should probably not pose much risk, but I would definitely take it easy and avoid bumps and terrain where a fall is more likely. You will find that one morning you wake up and the pain is suddenly gone, as opposed to it getting gradually better.
post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by Maui Steve View Post
I'm guessing I'm not the first person to crack a rib and then go skiing before it's completely healed.
I cracked a rib in a fall early one season and skied through it. It was very, very painful. I also had a tree branch puncture between two ribs early in another year. Not as bad but still very uncomfortable. It's amazing how much you use your core in skiing. You're going to hurt but it's not impossible to handle. Good luck.
post #8 of 20
For the most part, let pain be your guide. I'm not a doctor, and I don't play one on TV, but I have a husband who races dirtbikes, therefore skiing/biking and other things are something I'm used to him doing while injured.
He broke his hand just prior to a ski trip last March, and never missed a beat.
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post #9 of 20

Been dere, done dat, chek ebay for T-shirt with low reserve.

You are going to -hate- compressions, moguls, and any sort of retraction turn move, jump turns, counter or upper body rotation, angulation.

Did I mention painful skating to lifts? Well, you'll get good at skating 'coz poling is gonna hurt worse.

OTOH, it could be a great way to unlearn upweighting. Oh, wait, you can't really duck very well, can you?

Sorry.
post #10 of 20
Thread Starter 
I think as long as I can ski without actually moving my body, I should be fine. The reference to poling hit home. One movement that seems to hurt quite a bit is uncorking a wine bottle. Which I do quite a bit. The pulling up on the cork hurts. Luckily skiing is not quite as strenuous.
post #11 of 20
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One movement that seems to hurt quite a bit is uncorking a wine bottle. Which I do quite a bit. The pulling up on the cork hurts. Luckily skiing is not quite as strenuous.
Champagne and twistoff caps, my friend, are the secret to a happy rib.
post #12 of 20
I recently broke my 11th rib right before a ski trip to Bachelor. I didn't ski for the first 2 days, but was able to ski on the 3rd. It was actually ok except for bumps and trying to pole. I had 800mg Ibuprofen and muscle relaxers and they seem to really help.
Just don't sneeze.
post #13 of 20
My concern is ...if you fall again on that rib and refracture the rib it could puncture your lung. Then instead of a "simple rib fracture" you now have a pneumothorax and start gasping for air. And if your at altitude your O2 is already decreased and now you become a heli rescue. Just mt thoughts.
post #14 of 20
I broke a rib last year after i came down on a jump and my pole went into the ground and then into me. i couldnt breath very easy for a week but within 2 weeks i was back
post #15 of 20
SwissMiss has it right. Its not worth it. Take it from a flail chest recipient...skip the trip. Alcohol and skiing do not mix.
post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by Maui Steve View Post
I think as long as I can ski without actually moving my body, I should be fine. The reference to poling hit home. One movement that seems to hurt quite a bit is uncorking a wine bottle. Which I do quite a bit. The pulling up on the cork hurts. Luckily skiing is not quite as strenuous.
Here you go...
http://www.epinions.com/content_100501065348

Last time I broke a rib, or maybe it was the time before, the Doc said they didn't tape them up any more because of the risk of pneumonia and that movement was good for them.
post #17 of 20

Good, er, bad timing ...

I'm in the same situation. Smacked the ground hard on an icy racecourse two weeks ago ... it was not graceful, and I don't bounce like I used to.

I've broken enough ribs and/or had enough rib injuries to know that I can safely ignore my pain for skiing.

Sneezing is a different story. I wouldn't dare sneeze.
post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
Here you go...
http://www.epinions.com/content_100501065348

Last time I broke a rib, or maybe it was the time before, the Doc said they didn't tape them up any more because of the risk of pneumonia and that movement was good for them.

That's exactly what I was told when I asked the Doc to tape me.
post #19 of 20
I just don't think it's a good idea. Take a couple of weeks off then go. Another injury/fall could be the end of the season for you or worse. Remember your age. I fell off a belly-dump a few years ago cracked some ribs and it took 4 weeks before I could get around well. I did hike some but it hurt like hell.
post #20 of 20
I fell and cracked or bruised my lower right ribs in early November. I didn't want to miss the start of ski season the next day, so I went anyway, despite a lot of pain. I used a big wrap from the drugstore (velcro holding it together). It helped stabilize things and mostly it stayed put while skiing. Stuff like poling around hurt, and to tell the truth, the wrap was more about keeping things stable in case I coughed!!, but I sure didn't want to fall on it again so I was really careful and didn't ski anything too aggressive, just took it easy. I skied 5 days in a row like that with no real ill effects. It's now 2+ months later and it's mostly OK, just a twinge of pain here and there (muscles, not the ribs, which now seem fine). Bummer of an injury, though, and slow to heal completely.
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