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12-23-2009 01:16 AM
twin89 fractured mine when i was 6, but nothing like this, looking at this makes me cringe, especially early in season...

i wish you a speedy recovery
12-23-2009 12:28 AM
PaulyMolitor I Broke mine about 10 days ago. I don't have insurance and am letting it heal on it's own. Wish me luck!
12-22-2009 09:40 PM
tschamp20 broke mine in tenth grade,nearly compound fracture. worst pain i have ever felt.
12-22-2009 06:18 PM
Jeffksf Since I have 2 kids at home that I take care of part time and have heard from many others that have broken theirs very similarly and have just let them healed as is I will be letting it heal as is.
12-22-2009 04:24 PM
NYSnow
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I agree. If it were mine as well, I'd have it pinned/plated. Just because of how active I am and how active I want to be, I don't want the pain to keep me from doing stuff later down the road. No guarantees the pain will be completely gone even after pinning, but at least the chance of your shoulder getting so much better functionwise will be significantly higher than leaving it be.
I agree completely and operative fixation would allow some early motion. Either way I hope you have a great result. Good luck.
12-22-2009 02:58 PM
earl_je
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If that was my clavicle fracture I would have it plated, especially if there is any tenting of the skin. That may not heal as it is completely displaced and even if it does heal it will be a malunion. In any event I would go see an orthopedic trauma surgeon in your area for a second opinion.
I agree. If it were mine as well, I'd have it pinned/plated. Just because of how active I am and how active I want to be, I don't want the pain to keep me from doing stuff later down the road. No guarantees the pain will be completely gone even after pinning, but at least the chance of your shoulder getting so much better functionwise will be significantly higher than leaving it be.
12-22-2009 12:31 PM
NYSnow If that was my clavicle fracture I would have it plated, especially if there is any tenting of the skin. That may not heal as it is completely displaced and even if it does heal it will be a malunion. In any event I would go see an orthopedic trauma surgeon in your area for a second opinion.
12-22-2009 12:06 PM
earl_je First off, Clavicle fractures are very common. Not much to worry about since practically all of them heal on their own. Because of this fact, doctors immediately say you dont need surgery for it. Certain circumstances though(open fracture, compromised structure due to misalignment) an ortho will do surgery immediately. Otherwise, they won't even touch it. You can, however, insist having it pinned. Athletes almost always have surgery to regain most/all of their function back. Ask an ortho and odds are, they'll say "...completely up to you"

Next, I'm under the impression the doc you saw has little experience with sports injuries. Figure of 8 straps/splints is the common/automatic type they'll order. This will also put a lot of pressure on the fracture area and will be very painful! An ordinary immobilizer (think sling strapped on to your waist) will support it just as good, maybe even better.

Keep the shoulder, elbow and wrist moving. It speeds up the healing and keeps the joints from getting stiff.
12-22-2009 11:41 AM
NYSnow If that was my clavicle fracture I would get a second opinion from an orthopedic surgeon. It is a completely displaced clavicle fracture with some comminution and a cortical split distally. That might be indicated for operative treatment with a plate/s and screws or possibly pin fixation. In any case a second opinion never hurts. I would suggest looking for a orthopedic surgeon who specializes and is fellowship trained in orthopedic trauma. Good luck.
12-22-2009 08:52 AM
WolfSnow Oooh Thats rough. I broke my arm first day riding...
Hope you recover quickly enough to catch some riding before the season ends.
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