Rider down, clavicle out

Discussion in 'The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan' started by HenryFL, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. HenryFL

    HenryFL Old: Molly

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    I got my first bike at 13. It was a 1983 KX 80. It was wicked. Then spent ten years riding trails and dunes wide open on everything up to 250 2 strokes. Never had a lot of crashes, never broke a bone.

    Then got out of it and motorcycles were absent from my life until about five years ago when I decided I wanted to find a group and start adventure riding. Bought a bike and started farting around in the little local woods around my house in Southside Jax. Then I met these cads guys. I was so thrilled to finally meet some folks to ride with that I went and upgraded again a few weeks ago to a brand new WRR. Bought new gear, new boots, all the trimmings. And headed out for my 2nd real ride in close to 20 years yesterday.

    And boom, a low speed off shattered my clavicle. The doctor used the word disaster to describe what the xrays look like. Going to the surgeon tomorrow. So I'm just back into the sport and I'm sidelined. Very distressing and frustrating. But my kids are taking great care of me.

    Wanted to give a huge thanks to waybill, bobby ginger, koasrider and tim, for helping me get out of the woods and to the hopspital. You are all great guys who were helpful and comforting while I laid on the dirt at pain level 10. So thanks again. I hope I can treat you to a nice lunch or something on a future ride.

    Also I was using a leatt adventure brace. I know they sit on the collar bone and some say they can worsen breaks there. This is exactly what happened to me.

    And the bike has zero damage. Not a scratch. I was in first gear on deep sand.
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  2. HenryFL

    HenryFL Old: Molly

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    Bobby ginger took my dirt nap photo and should post it here for posterity.
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  3. Huzband

    Huzband Team Dirt

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    My sympathies to you on the broken clavicle. BTDT, & it freaking hurts. Heal fast & ride soon.

    A few years ago some of us CADS were on a ride west of Yulee. One went down in deep sand on his GS. I rode him out on my KLR, someone else rode his broken bike out & we met his wife with their trailer. She drove him to the hospital to find a broken shoulder.

    All a long way of saying it's what we do.
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  4. nevermind

    nevermind sLOW Rider

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    Heal quick, stuff happens! Good to see they're still doing what they always do. The cads crew takes care of them that ride with 'em. :freaky
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  5. motomike14

    motomike14 Thumper Crusader

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    Get well, Henry! Mega blow.

    And, yes, the leatt brace has been known to result in broken clavicles; but, it's that or a broken neck or concussion. Not to say falling straight down certainly had an effect, but if you didn't, the brace did as it's supposed to do.
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  6. Johno33772

    Johno33772 Johnny Africa

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    Dirtbikes go with broken Collarbones...I have done it 6 times...and 1 of the breaks was while riding a Trails bike. 6 weeks & you should be back...
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  8. Dr.Z

    Dr.Z 6Sigma Knuckle Shflr

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    Sux d00d!

    Hope you heal up quick.
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  9. mikej55

    mikej55 Livin the Dream

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    I feel your pain. I broke my clavicle back in August on a low speed get off while on a tight trail. First bone I have ever broke also at age 54. Been riding all my life and never broke anything until now. They say we are not as young as we used to be! My clavicle healed fine with no surgery just a big bump now where it healed back together. I was riding again in four weeks but my biggest problem was I developed a "frozen shoulder" from keeping my arm in a sling for four weeks. Make sure you keep moving your arm and shoulder so you don't develop one too. My shoulder joint froze up. I had to go to therapy for six weeks trying to free it up and now after 6 months I am still getting over it. I wish someone had told me how not to develop frozen shoulder because it was much worse than the broken clavicle. Doctor told me it will take 18 to 24 months to completely get over a frozen shoulder!
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  10. HenryFL

    HenryFL Old: Molly

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    Geez. Well it feels really good to move the arm way out to the side and rest on a pillow, so I do that about fifty times a day. It's still severe pain but already starting to feel a little better. I'm typing 100% with both hands right now.

    Saw surgeon today and decided to leave it be for a few weeks and see how it goes.

    Golly that picture of me there looks f-ing pitiful. That's a first class dirt nap right there. A freaking smack down.
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  11. Dr.Z

    Dr.Z 6Sigma Knuckle Shflr

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    Did you high side with the throttle pinned? :ear
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  12. r_bin

    r_bin Been here awhile

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    I distinctly remember someone saying that was impossible.
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    Huzband Team Dirt

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    Dibs on the evil bike. :evil
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    Dr.Z 6Sigma Knuckle Shflr

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    :evil
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  15. Johno33772

    Johno33772 Johnny Africa

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    Give it 10 days...look for Heated Swimming Pool / Spa. Once in the water you'll get about 90% of movement without putting strain on the break. My right elbow is still not 100% straight from a broken Shoulder as a teenager, because it was kept from moving for too long ...keep it moving:D
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  16. HenryFL

    HenryFL Old: Molly

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    I have a heated swimming pool in my back yard, that's a good idea to try. my kids will be shocked to see me get in the damn thing because I haven't in years.

    it was a high side at about maybe fifteen mph in a deep little rutted patch of sand. throttle not pinned but accelerating. not even really sure what happened since I got Earth punched. maybe I let off a bit which I wouldn't normally do in sand. the patch was only about twenty feet long so I guess I didn't use the normal amount of caution. and my follower said my bike sliding a lot all day, which it was. I bought full knobbies but didn't install them yet and was on the brand new trail wings. folks seem to say those are not great. the ride was trouble free up until that.
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  17. HenryFL

    HenryFL Old: Molly

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    the more I think about it, it just was not that bad of an off. I think the leatt brace did me in on the collar bone. otherwise I might have gotten up and kept going. still, highly support the brace and will continue its use.
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  18. nevermind

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    I like the idea of a neck brace too and didn't get the leatt because of collarbone and thoracic spine concerns. I got this one which is now on closeout at RM:

    http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/2245/25986/Omega-X1-Neck-Brace

    If it fits your armor, this might be an option for you...
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  19. mikej55

    mikej55 Livin the Dream

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    I did not have my shoulder pads on when I fell and beat myself up for not having them. Doctor said it probably would not have mattered any way. He said when you fall just right no gear will keep you from breaking it! I had been looking for some new shoulder pads is why I did not have them on. I now wear the Fox body armour and won't be caught again without it! Just better peace of mind wearing something!
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  20. Davebert

    Davebert Too damn serious!

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    I have a video where Karen did a quick high side but she got up and said to me "I told you", in reference to she wasn't ready for the deep sand. :D Happened in 2010. Preview pic:

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    Hope you have a speedy recovery as the season is just starting.
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