- Broken ribs healing time
This time last week I crashed out I was knocked out for 30 mins and I broke ribs 2, 3 & 4 on my left chest.
Since then I’ve had 3 days and nights in hospital I have no energy, I’m off work and in pain even with the tablets.
When will I be able to start work – Sales Rep?
When will I be able to start to ride again?
With this in mind please tell me your broken ribs good and bad stories?
TaPosted 7 years agocolin@rushMember
I did my ribs snowboarding not sure what i actually did as i didn’t go the hospital…
But it was 4weeks before i could sleep remotely properly and about 6wks before i was back to normalish.
And the pain seemed to get worse for about 2wks then start to ease..
Not pleasant 🙁Posted 7 years agoltheisingerMember
Broken ribs – OUCH!
Many years ago I had a motorcycle accident in which I broke 3 ribs – from memory it was about 4 weeks before the pain started to go away, don’t worry it does gradually subside over that time! (I know how painful they will be right now!). I remember in the first couple of weeks everytime I moved it was like being stabbed in the chest!
I can not advise & wouldn’t on how long it will be before you can go back to work? I remember the main issue for me was putting on a seat belt (I was also a Sales Rep at the time?) – it was about 6 weeks before I went back to work if that helps? Probably not!
Get well soon buddy.Posted 7 years agoT666DOMSubscriber
I broke 2 ribs last april, 2 weeks later ended up with a week in hospital after collapsing with 2 litres of blood/fluid in my chest. You’ll need plenty of painkillers and try to breathe as deeply as you can to clear your lungs and keep the mucous in them moving. The last thing you’ll want is Pneumonia!
I was back at work 2 weeks after I was discharged from hospital and riding (gently) about 5 weeks after I broke them.
Strange thing was I was in very little pain for the 2 weeks after I broke them, only really hurt getting into and out of bed, but it was fun hearing the bones cracking and rubbing together when I took a deep breath!!
Chin up plenty of rest and you’ll soon be out riding, at least you’ll be missing the winter weather!!!Posted 7 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Seems very variable to me, the first time I broke the 2 on my right I was never off work, and I was back riding after 3 weeks (though not at full pace for a little longer). But then I broke one of those again and I was floored, and 4 or 5 weeks later I was just back on the bike. When I did the same injury on the other side it took about 5 weeks, but that time I got a cold after a week which I think didn’t help it heal…Posted 7 years agoHob NobMember
Agree on the sneezing front. I recall nearly passing out from the pain from that one. Coughing was pretty brutal too.
I also ended up having to tie a rope to the end of the bed to pull myself up in the morning at the pain was biblical (3 bad breaks) when trying to get up.
I was off the bike for 5 or 6 weeks, but that was only gentle riding at that point, it was still bloody sore. It was probably 2 months before I was 100% pain free.Posted 7 years agoMrNuttMember
I was told I had 2-4 subluxated (dislocated) ribs, I’ve been in pain for about 4 weeks now, my osteopath was pretty successful yesterday so hopefully I’m on the mend, oh except I have now contracted Fish Flu and have spent the last 34hrs both awake, coughing & sneezing. Misery loves company eh.Posted 7 years agovdMember
Broke a couple after I slipped and fell on the bike and got an SPD in the chest. Was in proper pain for a few weeks, but had continuing discomfort for months when turning over in bed.
Asked hospital how long the pain would last. They said months and I was not prepared to give up riding for months, so…………….
Rode Skyline at Afan the week after! Fell, as well but it was over the bars and landed on my back and actually not too painful.
Not normally quite so devil-may-care about pain or so willing to “man up”Posted 7 years agoBigJohnSubscriber
Sleeping is impossible because you keep turning over & over to get comfortable but can’t.Posted 7 years ago
Painkillers don’t work.
Anti-inflammatories do work, but you can’t take them because they slow down bone growth.
So just get on with life. It’s like normal life but with added pain.freddygMember
I did 2 in a motorbike accident almost two years ago. Really, really very painful. You have my sympathy.
In order of increasing magnitudes of pain:
Breathing < dumping < sleeping < coughing < laughing < sneezing
You really, really don’t want to sneeze.
I was back at work trhe following day and co-codamol and brufen really helped get me through.Posted 7 years ago
At least the creaking/rubbing of the bones has given way, but the muscle aches and bruises are still here.
Off work for another week for more recovery as I don’t think I can change gear as it’s on my left side.
As they say in Monty Pythons Holy Grain “I’m getting better”Posted 7 years agorOcKeTdOgSubscriber
i’ve only bruised ribs and sternum on two seperate occasions, both from trying to eject and somehow landing on my saddle, that was bad enough for about 3 weeks so you have my simpathys with broken ones
come for a night ride now John, i might be able to keep up with you atm!Posted 7 years agorOcKeTdOgSubscriber
JohnClimber – Member
rOcKeTdOg – I’ll take you up on that offer of a night ride next month or the month afterwards.
Which mid week night do you normally ride on?
any night i can or the NW Alps posse is free, but can tailor to suit you so you just let me know and i’ll work around thatPosted 7 years agostumpynya12Member
Done it been there.. twicePosted 7 years ago
Work….No time off as desk jockey at the time.
Ride again… back on bike after 3 to 4 weeks
broken rib story….me and my bro outlaw both had off’s during a trip to Scotland resulting in rib injuries. The drive home was fun until we had to try and get out of the van to get food and diesel. Looked like a pair of old geezers who had shat themselves 😳
Still not getting a good nights sleep and I can’t sleep on my left side (my prefered side) mainly because of my hip which I landed on but didn’t break.
3 sneezes so far yesterdays didn’t hurt as much as the two the two day before.
3 full days off sick plus a couple of 1/2 days and I worked from home (working 100%) until this time last week then a normal full week, then on the road although it really knackered me out each evening.
Still uncomfy but mainly with aches rather than pains.
Next Saturday morning is planning to be my first ride out but at a very leisurely pace over flat non technical ground, but it’s a ride all the same.Posted 7 years agoDairMember
You will probably have heard this already, but when sleeping (or trying to sleep) you should lie on your injured side and splint your broken ribs with a pillow. Seems wrong, but works.
When sneezing, press hard into (splint) your ribs before/during the sneeze.
I wouldn’t recommend road riding for a while (the position and vibration isn’t very rib friendly), but you should be back on the mountain bike before long.
Good luck!Posted 7 years ago
Update. If you give a $hit.
My ribs feel 90% better, but my left hip and left shoulder still hurt enough that I can’t sleep on that (my prefered) side.
Ibuprofen is my best friend but I’m back on the bike twice a week now, but only up to half speed and distance.
I just need to shift the Christmas and laid up lb’s I’ve piled on.
One tip – keep the rubber on the deck if you’re not clipped in….Posted 7 years agomudgluttenMember
Broke mine in 2009 and again in 2010. In 2009, it took about 6 weeks to ride again and 6 months to loose all traces of pain.
In 2010, I was due to visit the 7 Stanes with my son 9 days aftyer the crash later – Determined not to let him down, I managed to ride them strapped up with support bandages and on a cocktail of Tramadol, Codeine and Paracetamol. Probably not what the Doctors would advise, but it just goes to show that where there’s a will…Posted 7 years ago
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