Broken collarbone

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Broken collarbone

Post by marusanek52 » Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:30 pm

Hello,
Today I've broken my left collarbone while skiing. In 3 and half weeks I have a competition. Do you think that the hand will be OK by the time of the competition? Do you have any experience with breaking this bone?
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Re: Broken collarbone

Post by souldier » Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:48 pm

If it is a real fracture I hope you have already gotten treated by a doctor and have asked for his/her advice.

Fractures take much much longer than 3 and a half weeks to heal, so I'd guess you'd have to drop out of the competition. Don't forget you need to practice in the time leading up to the competition.
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Re: Broken collarbone

Post by marusanek52 » Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:00 pm

souldier wrote:If it is a real fracture I hope you have already gotten treated by a doctor and have asked for his/her advice.

Fractures take much much longer than 3 and a half weeks to heal, so I'd guess you'd have to drop out of the competition. Don't forget you need to practice in the time leading up to the competition.
Yes I already went to a doctor. He fixed my hand and said that the fracture is not that bad so after 1 to 2 weeks I can move my hand.
The only thing is that I don't know if my hand will be as fast as before (in the time of the competition)

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Re: Broken collarbone

Post by riemsesy » Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:37 pm

One way to find out. In three weeks time you can rest your arm on the guitar while playing.
Hope you get well soon
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Post by Laudiesdad69 » Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:44 pm

Best of luck to you. It's probably going to be uncomfortable if you are able to play at all. I had surgery on both shoulders and my right one still aches. And I didn't even break them, but I did have bone removed from them. It takes bones longer than three weeks to heal and you should ask your doctor whether this is a good idea to attempt it or not. If it were me, I think I would sit this one out.

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Post by khayes » Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:10 pm

Laudiesdad69 wrote:Best of luck to you. It's probably going to be uncomfortable if you are able to play at all. I had surgery on both shoulders and my right one still aches. And I didn't even break them, but I did have bone removed from them. It takes bones longer than three weeks to heal and you should ask your doctor whether this is a good idea to attempt it or not. If it were me, I think I would sit this one out.
I tend to agree - I had my right shoulder replaced in July 2016 and I still have lots of soreness. The issue for me is reaching around the guitar with my right arm, yours is your left shoulder so you won't have that problem. But I think you will find that the smallest variations of angles that guitar-playing demands might cause problems with things you would not expect, and then there's the issue of left hand strength. For me, it was not harmful to endure the aches and soreness, but it sure made trying to play un-enjoyable. With a competition coming up and all the practicing involved, that's something to consider. Good luck.
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Post by Stephen Kenyon » Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:59 pm

Well this gives you one thing to try - visualisation, e.g. mentally rehearse your pieces, both with the score and from memory. Most people find it really hard to start with but like anything it gets better with practice. If your normal writing hand is not affected this can include writing your pieces out from memory - include fingerings, dynamics etc as well where relevant. It would be interesting to know how you get on if you try this!
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Re: Broken collarbone

Post by simonm » Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:45 pm

Stephen Kenyon wrote:Well this gives you one thing to try - visualisation, e.g. mentally rehearse your pieces, both with the score and from memory. Most people find it really hard to start with but like anything it gets better with practice. ...
I think this a very good suggestion. If you can develop this particular mental skill it will serve you well in the future in other contexts too. I doubt if anyone would have the patience to develop this without some impulse such as you have now.

I had a very insignificant hairline rib fracture about 5 years ago. (The first doctor wasn't really sure but the specialist could see the fracture clearly enough.) What everyone said about it was bang on. Painful and hard to sleep for two weeks (loads of ibuprofen), the next two weeks better sleep and the pain going. After week 6 only some twinges. I have never experienced a collarbone injury but I expect the pattern would be similar but the timescale a longer maybe 9-10 weeks to be more or less normal again. I would consider the competition a write-off. Get info from a physiotherapatist about the best way to recover. As you are quite young, it should heal very well and maybe a little quicker than what I said but still not quick enough for the competition.

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Re: Broken collarbone

Post by Aucaman » Mon Feb 13, 2017 1:42 am

I'm so glad simonm said that.
While reading the comments I was thinking all along: "Quit playing altogether until you totally recover and then wait a bit more."
10 years from now, missing that competition is going to look like nothing, but your collar bone will never give you problems again if you pay absolute attention to its healing now.
Believe me, I've been there and I've learned my lesson! :(
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Re: Broken collarbone

Post by eyedoc » Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:48 am

I broke my collar bone and had surgery on it.
It was my right shoulder.
I was in a sling for six weeks but was able to play the day after surgery.
Again, it was my RIGHT shoulder
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Re: Broken collarbone

Post by Andrew Pohlman » Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:54 pm

If you really want to make the competition, and can afford it, talk to a sports physician. A sports physician will get you working again far sooner than a general practitioner or family orthopedic MD. They know how far they can push it.

Having said that, you will be working with injuries similar to any injured athlete. This means that it will probably be okay now, but you will pay for it as you get older. Ask any old athlete who has worked with injuries.

My advice as a nurse, forget about the competition. You need that time to heal. If by some miracle you get out of the cast, and can play, fine. My expectation of your healing curve is 6 - 10 weeks. Remember, there is rehab after cast removal that eats up the calendar too.
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Re: Broken collarbone

Post by andreas777 » Mon Feb 13, 2017 8:11 pm

Many years ago I broke my collarbone... twice. The first time I was hit by a car. My bike was broken, arms and legs bleeding, and one collarbone broken. After a successful surgery and some weeks later the docter at the hospital told me that everything is healed now. But he didn't expect that my next sport event was practicing high jump at school two days later :lol: Nevertheless, breaking a collarbone is quite harmless, and I can tell you that breaking your elbow joint or your temporomandibular joint is much more serious.
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Re: Broken collarbone

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Tue Feb 14, 2017 4:13 am

Andrew Pohlman wrote:If you really want to make the competition, and can afford it, talk to a sports physician. A sports physician will get you working again far sooner than a general practitioner or family orthopedic MD. They know how far they can push it.

Having said that, you will be working with injuries similar to any injured athlete. This means that it will probably be okay now, but you will pay for it as you get older. Ask any old athlete who has worked with injuries.

My advice as a nurse, forget about the competition. You need that time to heal. If by some miracle you get out of the cast, and can play, fine. My expectation of your healing curve is 6 - 10 weeks. Remember, there is rehab after cast removal that eats up the calendar too.
Good advise. Sports physician...great idea!

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Re: Broken collarbone

Post by marusanek52 » Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:35 am

Thank's for your responses, I actually took part in the competition ( It was divided info rounds - the round that in participiated in after the fracture was city round) And I won the final ( the country round - I live in czech republic)

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Re: Broken collarbone

Post by simonm » Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:05 pm

Congratulations on the win. Very glad it worked out. It would be interesting to hear about how the injury healed and how you had it treated.

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