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Old 01-02-19, 02:55 PM
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Cracked ribs

I ended up cracking my ribs in a heavy fall playing soccer yesterday. Confirmed today at the doctor and am at home from work icing it and just generally in a lot of pain when I move around. The doctor said I should stay out of work for a couple of days and not to actually workout for 10 days. After that cycling is fine but no contact sports for good while.

I have read varying things; what I'm wondering actually is if jumping on the trainer might speed recovery in the next few days. Aside from contact, from what I've read these injuries just take time and the deep breathing from trainer rides will actually help. They especially emphasize the need to keep trying to breath deeply in order to avoid pneumonia. I am frustrated because this is my first road season back racing after many years raising kids, job, other demands. . .

Anyone else have advice or experience with this injury?

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Old 01-02-19, 03:23 PM
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I've ridden and raced with a cracked rib. It's really extremely unpleasant but didn't really stop me from doing anything I otherwise would have done. Did your doc give you any specific reasons for staying away from the bike for 10 days? Is it just pain management, or is something displaced (risk of lung puncture) or something else?
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Depending on the severity of the break, there could be concern that a fall would cause a puncture of the lung.

I've had a hole in my lung, along with a collapse. It's not pretty.

That said, I've also raced with most of the ribs on one side broken. In that case, it did prevent me from doing what I normally could do (i.e. winning) because I couldn't get out of the saddle, and thus couldn't sprint.
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Originally Posted by TheKillerPenguin View Post
I've ridden and raced with a cracked rib. It's really extremely unpleasant but didn't really stop me from doing anything I otherwise would have done. Did your doc give you any specific reasons for staying away from the bike for 10 days? Is it just pain management, or is something displaced (risk of lung puncture) or something else?
I think it is pain management? I'm heartened to hear that as long as the pain is tolerable I can continue to keep riding. The pain is decidedly not tolerable today, though, and this is why I'm off work.
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Well, provided you're not at risk of a lung puncture. I imagine that sucks a lot more than 10 days off!
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Originally Posted by TheKillerPenguin View Post
Well, provided you're not at risk of a lung puncture. I imagine that sucks a lot more than 10 days off!
It's one of those weird situations where the pain is so bad (especially at night and in the morning) that one thinks it has got to be something more severe. That is why I went to the doc.

I have to honestly say that I'd way rather have this than another concussion. Any day.
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I had five cracked ribs once, it sucked. I couldn't get off the couch without help, much less ride the trainer..

I dunno about the trainer/riding healing them faster, but you obviously need to work on breathing in general - that's what the little "air bong" thingy they give you is for.

Be patient, you'll heal up. Eventually.
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Originally Posted by gsteinb View Post
Depending on the severity of the break, there could be concern that a fall would cause a puncture of the lung.

I've had a hole in my lung, along with a collapse. It's not pretty.

That said, I've also raced with most of the ribs on one side broken. In that case, it did prevent me from doing what I normally could do (i.e. winning) because I couldn't get out of the saddle, and thus couldn't sprint.
there's a non-zero chance that if I crash and snap a clavicle off the plate the plate could cut my carotid artery, or if I land on the other side my jugular vein. not super related to ribs, but one of those things I haven't forgotten.
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