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jojotherider 02-17-2014 02:39 PM

duuumb question about possible rebreak of clavicle
cliff's notes: rebraking a mostly healed bone should hurt right? not just discomfort?

Sooo backstory: Broke my left clavicle mountain biking last October and had it surgically repaired with a titanium plate. End of January, the doctor gives me the green light to go do some mellow snowboarding. Just cruise and stay off the jumps and such. I've got most of my range of motion back, with a little tenderness in the shoulder when I extend my arm to the extremes. (but no soreness in the clavicle area).

I've been pretty good about keeping it mellow for the most part and have avoided any bad crashes. I've had the board slip out from under me on some steep runs, but always landed on my butt or caught myself with my right arm.

Then, last Saturday I'm riding and take the rope tow from the lift up to the lodge. In hindsight, I didn't even think that maybe I shouldn't have done that, but most of my weight was being pulled up by my right arm anyway. So a kid falls and the liftie stops the rope (or maybe someone went to far up the rope line and hit the emergency stop thing). When the liftie fires up the rope again, he does it full speed and my left arm gets yanked pretty hard. My friend in front of me gets spun around, the guy behind me yells out a "WTF?" in more than just an acronym. I don't have any pain, so I just move on with giving the liftie the stink eye.

Fast forward, to that evening when I'm taking a shower. I notice a bump along my clavicle that I hadn't noticed before. Part of me is thinking, did the bone get pulled apart and the pins bent? The bone was mostly healed (about 80%) and there's no pain. There's a little discomfort today, but it feels more like the muscles and my shoulder.

It would hurt if I rebroke it right? Seems like I should feel some legit pain and not just discomfort.

Anyway, I know the only way to know for sure is to visit my doctor and get an x-ray, but I just wanted to get the professional opinion of complete and random people on the internet since we're all doctors, billionaires, and married to models.


NZRide 02-17-2014 02:49 PM

You've come to the right place for medical advice. Of course everything will be fine. Given you have Titanium plate your actually stronger than your average human, kind of like a snowboarding robocop.
In fact you should be more concerned that your robotic shoulder didn't fuck the lift. So don't be a pussy. Just take 2 shots of Whiskey and shake it off.

chomps1211 02-17-2014 03:50 PM

You got a model??????

WTF? All I got was an offer for a $10 handie from some pre op, gnargoyle tranny crack whore!!!! :blink:


Drink, drugs or doctor! Seems those are your choices!

jojotherider 02-17-2014 04:03 PM

D. All of the above.

Ok, gonna give it a week and see if it changes. Its POW week in the northwest so...


jml22 02-17-2014 04:45 PM

You sure it's not the actual hardware they put into your clavicle? A lot of the times the leave a big bump
It can also be a healing deformity you haven't noticed before

speedjason 02-17-2014 04:50 PM

only an x-ray will tell so go take one.

DrGwiz 02-20-2014 11:03 PM

X-ray would help but typically you'd feel it if you pulled a screw or pin out of place. Doesn't hurt to rotate your shoulder at all? No movement impairment?

jojotherider 02-21-2014 01:21 AM


I'm about 90% sure its not broken again. There's no pain, no problem with ROM, it just feels different when I run my finger against it.

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