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...(i.e shattered) my clavicle:(. To take ten seconds back! It has been a crazy week for me with respect to bikes. Last weekend my bike was stolen and then recovered, a number of non-mentioned fork issues...now this.

My quasi-birthday was on Monday night (leap year baby) and I took a Friday off work for a group shuttle ride about 2.5 hours away in a new spot. (I tend to loose my vacation days as I never use them all in a year, so I used one:)). We were in the middle of nowhere, which was awesome. Some guys built a pretty cool downhill trail, but no one had been to this spot since last year and much of it was overgrown but still rideable. It had a bunch of cool obstacles, ladder drops, gaps jumps, rock drops, step-ups and down. I was hitting everything very nicely and with confidence. We were doing odd man out shuttles, and everytime I had to drive, someone else wanted to drive as they needed to do something. It was about the 7th continuous run for me and in one of open field sections, I took a different line and hit large (1m diameter) unseen sinkhole, which sent me flying over the handlebars, and crushed my collarbone. I think (not 100%) my Leatt was part of the issue. I knew instantly and could feel bones moving.

3 plus hours later made it to a local urgent care - broke in four places, bones are all over the place and orientation and one almost pierced my skin. Now I have a long recovery ahead of me, bummed that this happened over something so stupid, I am so cautious with riding aggressive stuff, and crash on small hole in a grassy field resulting in such major damage - blah! This is the frustrating part and the wish for 10 seconds back!

I remain optimistic (you have to). It seems that the collarbone is a amazing healing bone. I see the specialist this week. I need to stop reading internet about broken clavicles.
 

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Dude....sorry to read this. It absolutely sucks. Hang in there - seriously time fly's and you will be back before the snow has melted in the big mountains. Today will be my first "real" ride back after my broken hand and looking back the time off wasnt all that bad. While it is frustrating how it happened -you could also remind yourself that it wasnt rider error and not as if you shorted a gap or went dead sailor or something. Crazy week indeed...funny how things seem to happen all at once.
 

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Major Bummer Dude!!!:eekster: That would be my worst nightmare come true!
If I were closer I would offer to "walk" your bike while you recover! ;)
Get better soon Dude!
 

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Dude....sorry to read this. It absolutely sucks. Hang in there - seriously time fly's and you will be back before the snow has melted in the big mountains. Today will be my first "real" ride back after my broken hand and looking back the time off wasnt all that bad. While it is frustrating how it happened -you could also remind yourself that it wasnt rider error and not as if you shorted a gap or went dead sailor or something. Crazy week indeed...funny how things seem to happen all at once.
It is true, as I shouldn't have any lingering confidence issues with jumps, etc.

Enjoy your ride today:D !
 

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If you were closer...

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Major Bummer Dude!!!:eekster: That would be my worst nightmare come true!
If I were closer I would offer to "walk" you bike while you recover! ;)
Get better soon Dude!
you could walk the bike;)! My buddy already asked and will be riding my bike this weekend!
 

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you could walk the bike;)! My buddy already asked and will be riding my bike this weekend!
Sounds like she'll be kept in fighting shape at least!:thumbsup:
 

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That blows man. I snapped my collar bone a couple years back on the 1st lap of a 24 hour race early in the summer. I was so pissed. I thought my summer was over. But things weren't that bad. The first 3 days were very painful just living. Day 4 I hopped on the XC bike and I was able to ride flat trails. By day 7 I did a weekend of epic style XC riding. I pretty much rode throughout my recovery. No FR/DH or technical stuff until the very end. I stuck to the smooth flowy stuff and I was fine. The doc was pissed when he caught me with the bike on top of my car. He had just cleared me to ride a stationary bike :) Overall it took about 6 weeks before I was freeriding again. It was stiff and tweaky for about 3 months. and it was completely unnoticeable at around 6 months. I had a full on break but it was very clean so it healed quicker than most.
 

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gutted for you mate,,,,, are you sure the cnut that stole your bike hasnt put a curse on it,,,, :) ,,,, wishing you a full and speedy recovery, i thought my dilemma was bad enough, weather or not to get a new delirium ha ha ha, but your dilemma is defo much worse, take it easy mate,,,
 

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Thanks everyone!!!!

It was good to read the replies this morning. Rough night of sleep and a bit depressed. I am waiting to chat with orthopedic surgeon as I am in a state of not knowing, as many of you know me I think about everything to the Nth degree.

The urgent care doctor said no surgery - but everything I read in the internet looks nothing like my break. I basically have four bones - fairly long one from my sternum that is oriented high and was the one that almost poked through, two little pieces that are square-like that rotated 90 degrees, and then a shorter one that goes into the socket. I'll post the xray when I get it. I can't tell if the pain is associated soreness/stiffness or nerves etc rubbing against the jagged bone ends - hence one part of my unknowing.

I took one painkiller the first night, but last night I had to take two. I am trying not to touch them, as I know they slow the process and just aren't good you. I am pretty good with pain, as I have injured myself a number of times in life- you name it and I probably broke it. This so far is the worst. Woodyak thanks for the heads-up with the pain days.

Yesterday I got a bunch of supplements - Calcium D3, Omega 3-6-9, MSM, Glucosamine, Hemp protein drinks, and bought a stationary bike with a big ole seat so that I can maintain fitness.

Cheers,
Jamie
 

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gutted for you mate,,,,, are you sure the cnut that stole your bike hasnt put a curse on it,,,, :) ,,,, wishing you a full and speedy recovery, i thought my dilemma was bad enough, weather or not to get a new delirium ha ha ha, but your dilemma is defo much worse, take it easy mate,,,
get the delirium:)!

On the injury ride - the Delirium was perfect - everyone had downhill bikes and I was ripping it with a 170mm float and AM wheels - hitting big drops and step downs. It is mini-DH ripper
 

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Would the 40 have saved you?

Had to ask. While I know surgery is scary and it sucks but from what I have heard and read it is a much quicker and less painful recovery. Might be an option to consider.
 

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Had to ask. While I know surgery is scary and it sucks but from what I have heard and read it is a much quicker and less painful recovery. Might be an option to consider.
It was basically a large pothole that grabbed your entire front wheel that you were not expecting because of the highish grass. It was actually a little sink hole.

I actually believe that I need surgery. I chatted with chiropractor neighbor. He said this was outside of his expertise, but also thought that I would need surgery.

Basically 85% clavicle breaks require no surgery and handful do - there are two types of surgery - one that places a threaded pin inside your clavicle bone or two that externally brace the bone with a bracket. Some require a post operation and some don't. The pin is the easier, less bulky option, but alignment can be difficult. The bracket is bulky and more of surgery, but has better alignment.

I am trying to see a orthopedic surgeon ASAP to determine the appropriate course of action but being that it is the weekend, my brain is just wandering with the possibilities:)!
 

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Dude! said:
get the delirium:)!

On the injury ride - the Delirium was perfect - everyone had downhill bikes and I was ripping it with a 170mm float and AM wheels - hitting big drops and step downs. It is mini-DH ripper
i really really want one, but i am one of those people that has to justifie everything first lol. i am a tight git that doesnt like spending money lol.
as for your break, i am no expert, but i will say, last year when we were in whistler, one of the guys staying in the challet over jumped one of the tables by the wall rides on crank it up, he came down front end heavy wen o,t,b and broke his clavical in 3 places, he had a piece of bone that was floating, he had to be flown streight back to the uk for emergancy surgery. (basically his insurance co, flew him home for the opp, as it was way cheaper than having it done in canada,) so it sounds like you could require an opp, good luck anyway mate,
and i agree with you on painkillers, i refuse to take them, even when i seperated my shoulder (ac seperation) i was given vicodine, i took one at the hospital, it didnt make much differance to be honest, so i went to the pharmacy to get a perscription, when i read the list of side effects i thought sod that, i would rather be in pain than suffer all them as well as being in pain, lol i was the same a few months back when i slipped a disc in me back, the hospital gave me all kinds of drugs, cocodamol and diclofenac, but i refused to take them, didnt like the side effects, lol, when it says that your internal organs can fail as a result of taking these, doesnt exactly fill you full of confidance does it, my motto is if my body doesnt produce it naturally then i aint putting it in,
 

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It was basically a large pothole that grabbed your entire front wheel that you were not expecting because of the highish grass. It was actually a little sink hole.

I actually believe that I need surgery. I chatted with chiropractor neighbor. He said this was outside of his expertise, but also thought that I would need surgery.

Basically 85% clavicle breaks require no surgery and handful do - there are two types of surgery - one that places a threaded pin inside your clavicle bone or two that externally brace the bone with a bracket. Some require a post operation and some don't. The pin is the easier, less bulky option, but alignment can be difficult. The bracket is bulky and more of surgery, but has better alignment.

I am trying to see a orthopedic surgeon ASAP to determine the appropriate course of action but being that it is the weekend, my brain is just wandering with the possibilities:)!
He broke his collarbone a couple years back pretty badly, I think it was in May before the TDF, he had plates put in and was riding (albeit on the road) in two weeks and he raced the TDF that year. Granted all the EPO, testosterone, and steroids helped quite a bit I'm sure, but if you treat it right I think a quick recovery is possible. Now recovering your nerve will be another problem.
 

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I broke mine in 3 places (different directions) in Sept. Got surgery (5" Ti bar + 5 screws) two days later. Back on the bike in 2 weeks. Back on DH in 3 weeks (just remember: you can't fall). I only spent four days in a sling, but damn the first day after surgery was like a day in hell.

I figured I was due for an injury and was looking forward to the rest (took LOTS of risks last year). And then it wasn't so bad because a) I saw an expert ASAP, b) told my ortho doc, "pretend I'm a professional", and c) he pretty much rocks at collar bones :)

I hope you a speedy recovery too!!!
 
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