Collarbone Injuries

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7/14/2019 8:58 AM

Has anyone broken a collarbone and then have a plate and screws put in. Then after your time to heal, rebreak the collarbone or bend the plate I am trying to find out how common this is. Could somebody let me know I am trying to decide weather to keep riding or not.

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7/14/2019 9:31 AM

Yes happen to a friend of mine. That’s way my doctor recommended having mine removed.

Friends before and after.



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7/14/2019 9:33 AM

Strengthen your traps

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7/14/2019 9:53 AM

6 collarbones all left shoulder. Keeps breaking next to previous fracture. Couldn't afford surgery/plates. $30 Amazon sling and 8 weeks and your good to go.

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7/14/2019 10:25 AM

Fog 25 wrote:

Yes happen to a friend of mine. That’s way my doctor recommended having mine removed.

Friends before and after.



Was it on his first fall? how long was it after or did time not matter?

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7/14/2019 10:33 AM

YammerHammer wrote:

Strengthen your traps

What will "strengthening your traps" going to do? Not trying to be a smart ass I am just trying to figure out my best options.

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7/14/2019 10:56 AM

crashbandicoupe600 wrote:

What will "strengthening your traps" going to do? Not trying to be a smart ass I am just trying to figure out my best options.

Trap muscle helps stabilize clavicle, making it less likely to break from a shoulder impact.

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7/14/2019 11:18 AM
Edited Date/Time: 7/14/2019 11:20 AM

I have a plate and 12 screws for breaking my collarbone, there’s still some residual pain and it gets stiff but I’ll take it.

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7/14/2019 11:23 AM
Edited Date/Time: 7/14/2019 11:24 AM

GforceCoatings wrote:

6 collarbones all left shoulder. Keeps breaking next to previous fracture. Couldn't afford surgery/plates. $30 Amazon sling and 8 weeks and your good to go.

This^^... I broke mine like a teepee and didnt have it plated. Figure 8 brace and about 30 days later I was back on the bike. Granted I was young and healthy but surgery isnt always the answer....imo

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7/14/2019 11:29 AM

I havent broken mine since the plate was put in... but a plate on the collarbone is no reason to stop riding. Collarbones are really minor compared to what you can break.

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7/14/2019 11:33 AM

Had this done but never bent the plate, broken it either side of the plate, seems the plate acts as re-inforcement

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7/14/2019 1:10 PM

Done both collarbones. Had them both plated, but taken back out two months later to have better motion again. Good as new

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7/14/2019 1:31 PM

GforceCoatings wrote:

6 collarbones all left shoulder. Keeps breaking next to previous fracture. Couldn't afford surgery/plates. $30 Amazon sling and 8 weeks and your good to go.

walent215 wrote:

This^^... I broke mine like a teepee and didnt have it plated. Figure 8 brace and about 30 days later I was back on the bike. Granted I was young and healthy but surgery isnt always the answer....imo

Same here the figure 8 brace for a month, slept setting up until the bones finally stuck together it sucked ass

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7/14/2019 5:09 PM
Edited Date/Time: 7/14/2019 5:16 PM

Figure 8 brace could take care of this? It was 10 days before I could get surgery and it looked just like that when they started except the loose piece was floating around somewhere else.



After.




Haven't bent it back yet. I have a lot of residual stiffness and you can see the bolt heads moving, but I haven't taken it out due to $$$.

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2004 KX125
2015 GasGas TXT Racing 125
2018 KTM 150 XC-W

7/14/2019 6:07 PM

Not a question of if you will...it's when you will. Broke..plated..bent..re-plated. Welcome to MX.

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"A rule is a rule and without rules, there is Chaos"....Cosmo Kramer

7/14/2019 6:24 PM
Edited Date/Time: 7/14/2019 6:25 PM

I’ve broken my right one twice. I’ve had to have it plated both times also. First time in ‘08 a plate & 8 screws. Had the hardware removed after 6 months. Last time in 2014 had a plate & 7 screws and left the hardware in for a year and then had it taken out. Sure I have pain in it and I’ve limited myself to somethings that I can’t do as good anymore but I haven’t let it stop me from riding. We all have that fear of crashing & getting hurt stuck in the back of our minds but I block it out. I still ride a few times each month. Can’t let it stop ya.






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2011 Yamaha YZ 250 -MX
1996 Yamaha Banshee 350 -Trails
1982 Chevy S10
2005 Pontiac GTO -451rwhp

7/14/2019 7:19 PM

Dr Metzger

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7/16/2019 6:03 AM

Nice pictures, EricA!!! Wish I could've gotten some of my bloody shoulder.

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2004 KX125
2015 GasGas TXT Racing 125
2018 KTM 150 XC-W

7/16/2019 6:25 AM
Edited Date/Time: 7/16/2019 6:25 AM

---an ORIF will always have better re alignment of a complete fracture. that will result in restoration of optimal mechanical function.
---an ORIF will result in shorter acute pain. the bone is stabilized and not popping/moving/shifting. additionally, a nifty little 7 day localized pain pump will minimize discomfort and eliminate the use of systemic narcotics for pain management.
---an ORIF has a reduced incidence of mal or non union.
---an ORIF will heal faster and stronger. See Wolff's law.

*ORIF = Open Reduction, Internal Fixation

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