broken collarbone timeline

When should i lift weights again? I broke my collarbone about 80 days ago, never got an x-ray and its seemed to mostly healed on its own. The entire time I lifted with the other arm and did leg works like belt squats.

To those of you who broke your collarbone how long did you wait to start weightlifting again? I'm using a 10 pound dumbbell on that arm right now for military press and it hurts a little but not a lot, and it feels like the strength is coming back more every work out. ( started with 5 pounds two weeks ago)

how long until i should do something like pushups? i think its in a state where its probably healed enough i can ease back into things, but i can rebreak it in the next month or two if something dumb happens.

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >never got an x-ray and its seemed to mostly healed on its own

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      you cant set a broken collarbone- so either its so fricked up it will never heal, or you put it in a sling and let it heal like it would if you got an xray and they put you in a sling. its just a b***h of a bone and unless they screw a plate in you wont heal any faster getting it looked at.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        no other broken collarbone bros? just looking for your experiences and how long it took you to get back into things.

        The arm i broke my collarbone i can do 20 reps of a 10 pound dumbell overhead press with that arm, so i can probably go higher over the next few weeks, ive just been taking it slow and going for higher reps to not rush in too fast.

        your doing well. if your chest is high (without excessive arch in lower back) and your serratus is properly engaged, you will probably rehab very fast with high rep ohp's.

        Americans...

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          what magic is a doctor going to do for a broken collarbone? the standard treatment of a collarbone which is the most frequently broken bone is to not do anything and put it in a sling for a few weeks.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Where the frick do you live that the collarbone gets broken more than anything??

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              is this a troll post? the collarbone is statistically the most frequently broken bone in the human body. im only replying to you in the off chance other people here read this and will learn something by reading my response. if you play any sports or do anything physically active, there are multiple ways in which you can fall and break the collarbone.

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              Happens often when people try to brace from falls with their arms, force is transferred through the arm into the shoulder joint area, collarbone isn't that thick so it's the first to break

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                it can also happen from slamming impact into the side of the shoulder. lots of things. that guy is either a troll or just has no familiarity with anything active beyond going to the gym in a controlled environment.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >you can't set a broken collarbone
        If this were true I'd be crippled and deformed for life anon
        >pic related, ran over in May last year, was in a sling until metal plate was removed in October, physique pics from mid Feb

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          why are you sending me this picture? I set you cant manually set a collarbone. what you sent me looks like a picture of someone who had a plate screwed in, which is what they do when a collarbone wont heal on its own. that isnt the same thing as setting a broken bone. when someone breaks a bone and a doctor sets it, typically this means they just manipulated the bone into place without surgery with their hands and allowed the body to heal itself. a collarbone is so mobile that you cant manually set it, it will just move out of place. which is why the sling minimizes the movement for the first few weeks so the two halves can line up and fuse.

          the question is if, you dont surgically heal it, what degree of dislocation (if any) there is. if its minimal to none, surgery isnt required. you just need a sling.

          >The entire time I lifted with the other arm
          lmao based moron

          yeah i did lift with the other arm. its backed up through science that if you break one leg or you break one arm, exercising the uninjured limb speeds up recovery of the injured one you cant use, and minimizes lost muscle. I get hurt all the time at my job so i live this way. its not like i was doing one arm snatch movements. i just did one arm curls, tricep extensions, shoulder exercises etc. and the injured arm i just did grip trainers with.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            So is your collarbone crooked?
            Also
            >I get hurt at my job all the time
            Have you heard of workman's comp

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              im lifting overhead with it and going about my day fine, i have to get an xray to see the extent of how crooked it is, but when i look in the mirror without a shirt on, it looks the same as the other one, it just has a bump which will mostly but not entirely go away where the bones fused back together. it does feel slightly bent in one area, but not to the point where i feel or notice anything when i move my arms in any direction. just something i feel if i dig my finger in there and feel around.

              Im a firefighter so i get hurt and its just part of my job, and training. im not saying it to complain im just saying thats the nature of doing stuff thas physically active where things can happen. I didnt want to get a plate put it that was my personal judgement call. if I break the same collarbone again, i can have them sort everything out and put a plate in the second time if i want. I just dont want to deal with any surgery right now if i dont need to have it. many people break the same collarbone multiple times so im not really concerned with it being at 100% as long as its good enough to do my job, and i would only need 80% functionality to do that. so far it seems as close to 100% as it could possibly be after breaking it.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                I admire your attitude and choice of profession. I hope you heal well.

                I am the anon that had the crushed collarbone from getting run over, and I can say with 100% certainty now that the plates gone my collarbone is much thicker. Perhaps you'll have an adaptation as well.

                It was essential to my recovery that I ate in a caloric surplus, and ate tons of mineral dense foods like nuts and milk

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                thanks anon, its been a rough last few years but for myself it was just the path i felt i needed in my life. rewarding but difficult.

                were you on a motorcycle? a lot of stories like yours seem to be from people on motorcycles. which sucks because i ride a motorcycle sometimes and can empathize with the possibility of something like that happening.

                the thing about the plates that scared me off, was i had read that sometimes once they put them in, they wont always want to take them out, and i read a lot of stories about people who have trouble wearing heavy gear or a backpack of any sort with a plate in. and again any surgery has inherent risk, so even if they could do two surgeries i just did not want to deal with it unless i positively needed it. if its managable but gives me issues this year i can just have them break it and fix it next year and ill suck it up.after last year i just wanted to relax without anything stupid going on and didnt want to be in a hospital or anything. just enjoy my time off.

                yeah when the collarbone heals on its own, there usually is some slight degree of overlap, or shortening, i havent noticed any thats obvious, but where the body fuses it together you get a big bone callous, and from what ive read that will shrink some but be permanent. i think its kind of cool but thats just me being a nerd and being amazed the body can even fix itself.

                the main reason i posted this thread is im just trying to guage when to start doing pushups and stuff and am surprised no other anons have chimed in because its such a common break.

                yeah i have been eating a lot of cheese, vitamin D, mixed nuts, and milk and vitamin K. I didnt even know much about vitamin K until i broke this. good thing about getting hurt is that you learn every time how to fix yourself to some degree. gonna try to find a more balanced long term diet thats bone strengthening in the future.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                I was on a bicycle without a helmet and a moron blew past his stop sign at a 4 way intersection. I am lucky to be alive. Time slowed down when I realized I was gonna get hit. My brain came up with doing a valsalva maneuver to cushion my spine/organs/ribs and to let out the air as a scream once the collision happened. It all worked out. Fortunately I went over the car instead of under and I never hit my head. Got up after! Lol. Recovery for the joint was slow and difficult though. I skipped out on paying for physical therapy by researching rotator cuff exercises and stretches on my own. The joint damage was mostly atrophy from not using that arm for 5 months.

                If a plate isn't necessary I dont blame you for not wanting to get one. I think mine extended my recovery and made me sick, cause once I got it out I suddenly needed like half as much sleep.

                As for how you should be working out, i honestly don't think you should for a while longer. The bone wont get stronger by being tested before it's healed properly. I would stick to what you can do rn without a ton of pain and just do that a few times a day.

                Then again mine was an irregular break and very extreme. The chunks weren't even taking to each other and fusing for the first two months after reconstruction. I'm so grateful thinking about how close everything was. Now I'm 158 lbs benching 165 for 5 and improving every week. Trust me, the muscle will come back quickly thanks to muscle memory. It's the bone you're babying. So just wait a while longer if it's the limiting factor. How's your joint?

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                did they mention anything to you in the first few months like a delayed union? thats what i was afraid of intitially, because sometimes a broken collarbone that they say they wont treat surgically because it will heal on its own, wont, and then you need surgery so youre out for twice as long. did they catch the guy who hit you with the car? that sucks. I had a friend who was paralyzed in a hit and run who was just walking at night or on a bike or something, cant remember, but he got hit and the person just sped off. buddy couldnt walk for the last few years of his life. i think about that every time i hear stories like this.

                my joint seems fine. for the most part i cant tell i broke it, the only weird thing is it will click occasionally if i bring my bicep close to my ear during the very top of a military press. but ive heard this is pretty normal for a while after.

                the only real indicator i have that it ever broke that reminds me, is if i put too much of my weight forward, say, sitting down and resting my arms on my knees hunching forward, i will get a dull ache in the collarbone. (think leaning forward playing videogames or something)

                im hoping to be fully functional in another 3 months so im crossing my fingers that that happens. im about to go for a jog right now. started running again a few weeks ago. was afraid to do it for the first 2 months because i felt like it would put too much force on it jostling around.

                Your collarbone may have healed nice and aligned but it also may not have and you've permanently compromised your shoulder girdle because your common sense logic got in the way of seeing an expert

                in the worst case scenario that something healed in a fricked up way, i can just have them rebreak it and put the plate in and fix it. im going to have them do an xray on it soon. but unless something is catastrophically fricked up in some way, im just going to keep it the way it is for the next year to do my job. im not someone who is lifting to be the biggest or strongest guy i just lift weights to be strong enough to do my job. so im not worried about it being perfect. just good enough.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                Congrats on the recovery, man

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          should have read your post before i replied, didnt realize the image was yours. there are different degrees in how fricked up a broken collarbone is. some of them require surgery to heal because the broken parts are too far away to fuse on their own like yours. most broken collarbones dont break to the extent they need surgical fixation to heal and fuse back together.

          other bones in the body that would never fuse back together can sometimes be manually set back into place without surgery in such a way that they can heal. this is something that isnt possible due to the anatomy of the collarbone. so its either this is so fricked up we need to screw shit in place, or, we arent going to even touch this. just let it sort itself out. there are different criteria used to figure this out. not entirely typing that out for you but just other people who are reading who havent dealt with this who might eventually.

          setting a bone is not the same thing as surgical fixation though that was the misunderstanding. glad to see you healed up.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Where'd you get your medical degree anon

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              if theres something i said you dont agree with just tell me what it is instead of being vague and passive aggressive.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                Your collarbone may have healed nice and aligned but it also may not have and you've permanently compromised your shoulder girdle because your common sense logic got in the way of seeing an expert

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Why not hammermax?

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    no other broken collarbone bros? just looking for your experiences and how long it took you to get back into things.

    The arm i broke my collarbone i can do 20 reps of a 10 pound dumbell overhead press with that arm, so i can probably go higher over the next few weeks, ive just been taking it slow and going for higher reps to not rush in too fast.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      your doing well. if your chest is high (without excessive arch in lower back) and your serratus is properly engaged, you will probably rehab very fast with high rep ohp's.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        might sound like a dumb question but how do i know if my serratus is active during the lift? I notice that in the mirror, the side i worked out that was uninjured has more size in the lat, serratus even though i havent been actively targeting those during recovery. Is the serratus just passively trained during OHP? i never thought about it before.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          sorry light headed, working out right now. what i mean is does OHP traing your serratus/lat somehow stabilizing the weight? i never would have guessed that. but the uninjured side i never stopped using just has more size in the lat area.

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Can I get my clavicle broken to lengthen it like they do with legs for manlets?

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Alright anon. Let's see if you're fricked for life. You never got an xray and it's already been months... is it crooked?

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >The entire time I lifted with the other arm
    lmao based moron

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    You're American aren't you?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Americans with bad expensive healthcare
      >I've got RSI?
      >I'll take supplements and do slow stretches and fix this in a year
      >go to a doctor? No thanks if I want to die I can kill myself at home
      non-Americans with good cheap healthcare
      >I've got any problem at all?
      >I'd better get invasive surgery. There are no downsides whatever to jumping right to cutting open/off parts of my body.
      >results look great (thanks to survivorship bias)
      NB. American healthcare absolutely sucks ass. Euro moronation is independent of this fact.

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