- What's the biggest cycling injury you've recovered from?
Broken Hip learning how not to jump.
took about 3 or 4 months.
I think hopping on the ‘bad’ leg was the breakthrough for me – I was convinced my leg would just snap off again if I put all my weight on it 😳
Buying a new bike as a ‘reward’ for recovering helped 🙂
If you’ve got a number of dfferent issues I’d go and see a sports physio and get some specific exercises/stretches to help.Posted 5 years agoheadfirstMember
Broke my back ten years ago coming off my bike and going headfirst into a dry-stone wall. To be more precise I sustained a wedge fracture of my T8 vertebra. Was told that if my spine had moved a couple of millimetres more I would have been paralysed. 3 months of work with a back brace on.
I got a new bike out of it though!
EDIT: and I broke my left wrist last November – plate and screws in forever. It’s now about back to full strength.
I got a booking on a skills course (Great Rock ‘Stop Crashing’ 😕 )out of it though!Posted 5 years agoJunkyardMember
broken ribs is my worst and re broken many times since
Look kids jumping of your mates garage roof will impress all your friends but it will end badly 🙄
Ps thanks to the long renthal seatpost in my BMX 80’s stylee or my crown jewels would have been pulverised on my back wheel.
s.Posted 5 years agocrapkneesMember
Well, in some sort of order, all over bruising, scrapes, strains (amazingly no bone breaks) from getting run off the bike, fractured thumbs and toes, then a plica and torn cartilage in one knee (fixed!), and torn cartilage in the other (still not fixed!). Hence the name…Posted 5 years agocinnamon_girlSubscriber
Currently into a 6 week ‘recovery’ from shoulder separation operation. Unfortunately the pain is worse than ever, living on anti-inflammatories and painkillers, and have brought forward an appointment with consultant to later today.
Am hoping that I won’t need to be opened up again but am absolutely sick of pain and disturbed sleep. Can’t believe what a grumpy girl I’ve become. 😥
Edit: sorry but am not showing my scar!Posted 5 years agooldgitMember
Lots of leg ones up there.
Fractured skull and two teeth out.
Broken jaw and another tooth gone.
(hairnet helmet days)
Ribs, three times.
Broken finger, which took ages and was very disruptive. Also left me with a permanently split finger nail – cloven hoof!
Live in fear of that one.Posted 5 years agoplumberMember
went over on my hip about five years ago.
Smarted quite a bit at the time but developed into a big sack of puss larger than my hand could cover
3 months later I went over on the same hip – this time it hurt like an absolute **** – however ther fluid dispered of its own accord
other people have had it worse I seePosted 5 years agopaulevansMember
Fell off back of bike doing a wheelie. hit head (no helmet). Woke up in hospital 4 weeks later. Was told i had 1/2 hr to live at one point during the coma as they were struggling to keep my heart going. The hit to the head fractured my skull and caused minor brain damage leading to tests on brain activity over a period of months. Speach was mildly affected for a while.
Was a long time ago though. Only 4 when it happened, 42 now.Posted 5 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
I did my knee in 2006, didn’t really ride again untill 2008. didn’t break anything but it just never quite recovered, even now I have to be really carefull about doing too much on it without building up the training really slowly and occasionaly it just packs up mid ride and i have to find a way home and/or stretch it every couple of miles to keep it moving untill I’m home 🙁
Broke my arm in December which was a PITA and still feels fragile even if it has healed up.Posted 5 years agoStefMcDefSubscriber
Broken collarbone, sustained rolling over a manhole cover that had a wheel-sized hollow covered by grass behind it that saw me over the bars in slow motion. About 50 yards from my front door.
The most innocuous fall imaginable, and the worst injury – the only bone I’ve ever broken. Put the wind up me good and proper, that did. Kept me off the bike for months. Any excuse!Posted 5 years agoPJM1974Member
Am just riding again after three months of post operative recuperation, following a Weaver Dunn procedure on my shoulder.
I hit a tree stump hidden in a patch of long grass whilst pedalling up hill and had an OTB moment. There was a loud “crunch” when I hit the ground and that was it.Posted 5 years agokimbersSubscriber
broke my heal (3 fractures) and a small fracture in my ankle last march/april
rode the megavalanche mid july
had 6 weeks supposedly imobile, but that was hard then another 3 weeks still on crutches
did all my physio stretches with the big rubber bands, commuting to work by bike by week 10 and got swimming as soon as possible
mega was hard as id piled on the pounds and foot was still tender (I knocked it once in the race) probably took a year before id say it was fully healedPosted 5 years agomrdestructoMember
Faceplant at 25mph+ ten years ago leading to mild traumatic brain injury (wearing a full facer and armoured up) Witness said I stopped moving for a couple of seconds then sat straight up swearing. Hospital said the, “electricity had probably stopped in your head during those seconds.” Guess I died and resurrected! Nowadays I just have to persuade myself I am old and in need of comfort because I still can’t go out riding where I get shaken too much or I suffer bad symptoms for weeks after. Guess it’s never going to ‘heal’.Posted 5 years agosmell_itMember
Road crash descending Mount Etna; I don’t really recall what happened I just woke up in hospital a very unhappy confused bunny, but I guess my front wheel washed out seemingly on a straightish bit?? Took the impact on my face breaking my nose, jaw and cheek bone. I lost 9 teeth, and a lot of skin from a variety of parts of my face and body. The hospital did a great job putting me all back together, with pins and some facial surgery to put my bottom lip straight, and after a further nose job and a lot of expensive dental work my new smile is actually far better than my old one. I do tend to keep a bit of a 5 o’clock shadow though as it masks a few of the scars. Rather interestingly they took some skin from just above and to the left of my ‘little fella’ to graft onto my hand and little finger, and I now get ‘pubes’ growing from near my left little finger knuckle.Posted 5 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Not a cycling injury, but I only ride bikes because I broke my hip. Used to ride mountain bikes back at the dawn of time but gave up, took to motorbikes and laziness. One morning, fell on some ice while walking, broken hip, bolts through the leg, lots of lost muscle… 4 months on crutches, 6 months of physio and I could walk pretty normally but it gave me a lot of bother, so decided to drag out the old bike and have a go, purely for the health benefits… 2 years later and I was downhill racing 😆 Leg’s still buggered mind but it does the job.Posted 5 years agoOrangeChammyMember
Me personally, just 12 stiches in leg from a DMR pedal, and broken ribs from a 4ft drop to head then onto chest.
My wife not so lucky, first gentle MTB ride – broken neck (C2 vertebrate… the hangmans break!), broken wrist, 1 inch gash on lip, major bruising everywhere, broken tooth… All from a forest trail at nevis, loose descent, panic braking then slide off a 5ft bridge into a stream. Was just behind and found her face down, knocked out in the water – If riding alone then I dread to think what would have happend. She made a full recovery with just some scars and lost a fair bit of neck movement, gladly my wife made it out of nevis range forest on a van and then an ambulance trip before they found out the neck was broken… free helicopter trip too.
No MTBing for my wife, but she was always more of a cyclepath kind of girl!Posted 5 years agocrashtestmonkeyMember
snapped tibial plateau in morzine summer 2009 (crashed on 10% and spd didnt unclip). Had it pinned out there (and now ride flats).
snapped end of elbow (elecronon) off in penmachno spring 2011, taking a tricep tendon with it. Surgery to re attach it all late june 2011. Healed quickly enough to go riding in Spain in September, but still not at full strength (have weight trained for years and no where near back to where I was).
My only holiday photos from 2009…. 🙄
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