Mountain Biking (activity after a clavicle fracture)

by John
(California)

Broke my clavicle mountain biking. I am a tri-athlete and a rock climber, so staying inactive was impossible for me. Hopefully I heal properly. I feel fine so far with the occasional soreness. I think the exercise has helped my recovery, but only time will tell. To any athletes, I think reading this might give you comfort, because right now your hearing you cant be active for six - 8 weeks.


Week one:
I started working out again the day after me accident with an hour on the stationary bike, arm in sling. I spent the first week alternating between the stationary bike and the stair climber, until I developed a pain in my right knee (probably from the mis-geometry of the stationary bike). If you are going to be on a stationary bike for over 1/2 hour I strongly advise using the spin bikes to avoid any more injury.

Week two:

I attempted to run but quickly stopped realizing the pain was to much. I actually got on my road bike with one arm and did an hour which felt great, but I would not do it again..way to risky. Toward the end of the week I could lift my arm up. I stopped wearing the sling about midway through this week.

Week 3: (no more sling)

This is the week where I really started to feel a difference. I gained about 90% range of motion back in my arm. I was able to swim (some freestlye, mostly breast stroke). I could lift light weights and bike without discomfort. My running was limited to about an hour before I felt pain. Best of all, I could sleep on my stomach.

Week 4:

I just started week four of my recovery. I am almost back to my full activities. My shoulder still hurts about an hour into my runs. I have no problems on the bike, aside from pedaling out of the saddle. My swimming is limited to about 200m intervals freestlye and 40 min overall. I can only lift light weights but I am able to add a little more each time. I still cant do a pull up or push-up. I am wondering how long it will take before I can pull my body weight up. I would love to get back to climbing.

I also dont know how all this activity is affecting the healing process. It feels as though I am making progress and I stop when I feel pain, but I am uncertain if the bone is actually healing well.

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hi, i must assume your description is for one-uno fracture mid way thru the clavicle, no torn ligaments, no bone shaft required, etc. I am in my fourth week... cant say the same as you, still hurts.. rangeof motion is by far 40 to 50 percent....as i was told by my doc to slow down on agressive rehab.... Glad everything ok for you and for many many others on the web who claim they were on a good path 3-4 weeks (sic..no big deal) but, they all fail to mention non multiple fracture of the clavicle. anyways greetings from brownsville tx

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by: Bart - SII

While your progress is impressive, I think you hit the nail on the head when you wondered about how the bone is actually healing. The lack of pain is probably a good indicator that things are going alright, but a follow-up X-ray may indicate differently.

I am a firm believer in moving things along as quickly as possible, but this takes it to a whole new level!

Congrats on your recovery - I hope all continues to go well.

P.S. I have to say that anyone reading this, please consult your physician / clincian before attempting to progress your activities - just to be on the safe side.

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