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  • #817115

    sumskillz
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    I broke my wrist badly on Saturday. Any ideas on how to salvage the summer?

    #817116

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Oh man, that sucks. Very sorry to hear that.

    Depending on your Dr., I have buddies who have gone in with their bar and had the cast moulded to it. You can at least get some level of riding in and when it’s close to healed some actual trail. All depends on the reco from your doc, but it’s possible. I’ve known guys to race DH with a half cast. I wouldn’t do anything that could effect how your bone sets but it never hurts to ask.

    I hope you heal up quickly and that this shitty spring means a late fall so you can get some time on the bike.

    Healing vibes!

    #817117

    Renegade Hardware
    Participant

    What you can do depends a lot on what bone is broken and where it’s broken on that bone.

    You’re best to let it heal, without trying to aggravate its position while the bone is starting to fuse which takes about 2 to 3 weeks to start fusing properly. From there, i’d just hit the road on a road bike or your trail bike and just get some miles in. When I broke mine, I took up trail running to keep my cardio up, then transitioned to my road bike.

    Main thing is take physio seriously and let it hurt there, as the more you put in at that phase the better your recovery will be in terms of mobility of the joint.

    #817118

    jcitizen
    Participant

    Please for your wrist’s sake, don’t rush recovery. It totally sucks, but it’s worth it. Everything I’ve hurt and ignored too literally months to a year to fully recover 100%. I was back at riding like a week or two sooner, but was it worth it? Your wrist is hugely important.

    You can still spend lots of time in the woods hiking etc. which is better than TV. Do you run at all? You might be able to get into that, and it can be a great workout. Grand scheme of things your wrist won’t take that long to recover, but I know how shit if feels to be off the bike for any extended period of time when so much of our year has shit conditions.

    Heal fast, ride soon(er)!

    #817120

    Renegade Hardware
    Participant

    yea it only takes a month and a bit to fuse and be ‘healed’ but the work comes after when your forearm suffers from atrophy and you have about 10 deg of movement. Thats where it actually starts to get painful, the physio.

    #817124

    sumskillz
    Participant

    Thank you for all the kind words of wisdom.

    #817130

    tec
    Participant

    My condolences. I’ve been off the bike for the last 5 weeks with a broken hand and am anticipating another couple of months until I’m back in the game.

    There were some tears but right now I’m focusing on training both on the bike (stationary trainer) and on the strength side so I’ll be good to go when I get clearance from the doctor. I’m also trying to just spend as much time outside as possible, walking/hiking/running on the streets and in the woods.

    It sucks really bad, there is nothing to say to make it better. But I’d recommend being patient and finding another outlet while your wrist heals.

    #817140

    Whynot
    Participant

    Please for your wrist’s sake, don’t rush recovery. It totally sucks, but it’s worth it. Everything I’ve hurt and ignored too literally months to a year to fully recover 100%.

    Heal fast, ride soon(er)!

    This!

    As I lay in bed nursing a nagging back injury that wasn’t properly healed and rehab’ed when first injured…

    #817457

    sumskillz
    Participant

    7.5 weeks in cast, post surgery. Cast came off today. Hand is deformed, wrist is almost locked. Physio begins, sigh. Doc gave me the all clear to return to light road riding until my grip and motion improves. I’m Smiling ear to ear.

    #817459

    Renegade Hardware
    Participant

    yea it only takes a month and a bit to fuse and be ‘healed’ but the work comes after when your forearm suffers from atrophy and you have about 10 deg of movement. Thats where it actually starts to get painful, the physio.

    7.5 weeks in cast, post surgery. Cast came off today. Hand is deformed, wrist is almost locked. Physio begins, sigh. Doc gave me the all clear to return to light road riding until my grip and motion improves. I’m Smiling ear to ear.

    Yup, it’s gonna suck before it gets better. Now is when the real pain begins and the work starts. It will look and feel normal soon enough.

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    #817462

    Canadmos
    Participant

    7.5 weeks in cast, post surgery. Cast came off today. Hand is deformed, wrist is almost locked. Physio begins, sigh. Doc gave me the all clear to return to light road riding until my grip and motion improves. I’m Smiling ear to ear.

    Getting back on the bike is the best feeling ever. Sounds similar to what I went through a few years ago when I broke my thumb. Stupid injury that took forever to return to normal.

    I am currently nursing back from a grade 3 separated shoulder, from just over a month ago. Five weeks in and I’m still waiting for a referral to see an orthopedist; and from what the doctor is telling me, once I get the referral appointment, it’ll still be another 4-5 weeks to actually see the specialist. So I’ve basically taken it upon myself to nurse it and being very careful, have now started to do some road rides on my cross bike. Never thought I’d ever reach a point that riding on the road would make me smile the way it currently does. Hiking sucks…. haha.

    Good luck, take her easy and enjoy the time on your bike. 🙂

    #817895

    sumskillz
    Participant

    Okay, someone needs to invent a better word for physiotherapy. In so many ways it is more annoying that the original wrist break and two month cast. After many weeks of hard painful work, I’m up to 90% range of motion in the wrist, and maybe 60% strength (forearm, wrist, hand). I can ride, but not too long or hard, as everything can swell up and get painful. But I ride every day.

    I have maybe 20 different exercises to do a day. Several times a day. Being at a sports focused physio place really makes a difference. Before you ask, it’s up in Aurora…

    I guess I am shocked by the timeline and his long it is. Unlike my many previous huge lacerations, it does not just heal by itself, and that is a mind bender. If I miss even one day of physio exercises, I see the slide back as things stiffen up.

    #817898

    Canadmos
    Participant

    Where are you going? Do you like that place?

    #817900

    sumskillz
    Participant
    #817904

    Renegade Hardware
    Participant

    Like I said, it’s a long road to a full recovery. Wrists take a long time to sort out, and the ‘work’ is now. It will probably be a year of solid physio and effort before it feels normal again.

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