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Originally Posted by leethestud
yeah, broke my nose surfing, went out a week later, collided with a friend in the shore break and totally re-broke it. Worst pain I have ever experienced and the doc said that if I did it again that i would look like michael jackson because he would have to remove the bridge. After hearing that I stayed out of the water for the full 10 weeks. SUCKED.
when i broke my nose about 2 years ago i guess my doctor said he didnt care what i did before the surgery i had to fix it but after he said no collision sports for 6 weeks.
and now im recovering from knee surgery in december so 4 months ago and all i did to not concentrate on surfing was for the first 2 months not even check the reports. highly recommended, but now i check them daily and it kills me inside not to be able to surf even the crappy windswell.
broke my hand right before a trip to PR in college. Should have gotten it straightened and casted but didn't so I could go and surf. Very painful paddling, duck diving and pushing up. It healed and now my middle finger is crooked doesn't hurt though...
Dislocated my collarbone a few years back and was out of the water for about 4 or 5 weeks till it healed properly. I took photos and got myself into ridiculous shape by doing cardio and "modified" core training.
Unfortunately, I will now be out for the next 2 to 3 months, or more. Tore my rotator cuff and labrum (same shoulder), which I need to have surgery on.
eight weeks is about right. did the doctor discuss surgery as a option? not that surgery would make it a faster recovery but if the proper alignment of your collarbone is not restored it can affect you shoulder and therefore paddling mechanics. the surgical options for collarbone fixation have improved significantly in the recent past and allow surgeons to fix fractures that they otherwise would have let just heal on their own even if the alignment wasnt perfect. by no means am i pushing surgery but you should be aware of your options. if you would like i would be happy to look at your xrays and tell you what i think (i am an orthopedic surgeon and have fixed many broken collarbones). send me a private message with pictures of your xrays if you wish. also, surgery should be done within 2 wks and at the latest 3 of your injury, so keep that in mind. i can also try to find you a qualified shoulder specialist near you if you would like because not all docs are considering fixing collarbones.
at the least you should ask your doc about a device called a "bone stimulator." it is an ultrasound device that you place over the area of the fracture for a prescribed period of time and it theoretically helps accelerate the fracture healing. one manufacturer claims that collarbone fractures heal 40% faster with the use of the device. if you get one (u will need a script from your doc and insurance approval) ask for the one made by "smith and nephew." if your insurance wont approve, check eBay.
lastly, get enough calcium and if you smoke, stop. it will delay fracture healing.