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Cracked ribs?? help!

July 20, 2014, 5:23 p.m.
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Did a stupid move on baden powell , OTB etc.
Anybody with real world experience rehabbing cracked ribs?
need to get better to ride but holy crao this hurts..
Not sure of time table for recovery and things to help it heal..

July 20, 2014, 5:25 p.m.
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Pain, rest, more pain and more rest there is no quick cure and if you don't take care they take even longer.

The raw, primitive, unrefined trails that see little to no maintenance are the kinds of trails that really build skill. What kind of skills do you learn riding a trail that was made by a machine, groomed to perfection and void of any rocks, roots or other obstacles that could send you careening over the handlebars?

July 20, 2014, 6:29 p.m.
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pretty simple you just wait until they heal and whatever you do … don't get a cough/cold

July 20, 2014, 6:55 p.m.
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I broke a rib earlier in a stupid wipeout, and I'm just feeling better since mid July. Took about eight weeks. I still rode, but I was WAY more cautious on stuff and avoided sketchy lines entirely. It felt like it was taking forever to heal, but the last three weeks it was doing better daily.

Rest, Advil, eat well, and wait…

Ride, don't slide.

July 20, 2014, 7:09 p.m.
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Are you sure its cracked? Did you get it looked at by a doc and x-rayed? If not, it could be torn intercostal cartilage which is still painful but not as serious.

July 20, 2014, 7:38 p.m.
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pretty simple you just wait until they heal and whatever you do … don't get a cough/cold

Or watch comedy.

There's nothing better than an Orangina after cheating death with Digger.

July 20, 2014, 7:39 p.m.
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I cracked three ribs ten years ago. I was pretty much good to go after the first month but the second month is when the surprises happen. You sit up abruptly in bed, cough just the right way, move in a weird way and BAM you're reminded that you're still not 100%.

There's nothing better than an Orangina after cheating death with Digger.

July 20, 2014, 8:17 p.m.
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for the love of god, don't sneeze. you will regret it.

July 20, 2014, 8:19 p.m.
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Would you like some fresh ground pepper?

There's nothing better than an Orangina after cheating death with Digger.

July 20, 2014, 9:11 p.m.
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Good advice above. A couple of months sounds right. Today my ribs were okay to ride Expresso after 3 months, but the ribs were broken, not cracked. And there were 8 of them.

Doctors will only give guidelines. You have to be the judge.

July 20, 2014, 10:36 p.m.
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Bone breaks and cracks can heal from 6-12weeks. The hard part about rib fractures are they are not easily immobilized because they move with diaphragm expansion, like breathing, coughing and forceful exhaling.
All mentioned above. Rest, age, health, proper nutrition and not being a smoker all contribute to speedy full recovery.
If, they are indeed fractured. Only xrays can confirm.

WTF, Over?

July 20, 2014, 11 p.m.
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suck it up….but dont suck too hard

I'm ignoring Smedley.

July 21, 2014, 9:05 a.m.
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If, they are indeed fractured. Only xrays can confirm.

Why bother with the x-rays?

Treatment is the same whether they're broken or not, nothing.

July 21, 2014, 9:08 a.m.
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pretty simple you just wait until they heal and whatever you do … don't get a cough/cold

yup pretty much. warm showers and baths can help if you are having coughing episodes…

July 21, 2014, 9:56 a.m.
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It has all been said by others, but the 2 times i have cracked ribs sucked. Take it easy keep flexible, hit the stationary trainer and watch sad foreign films, you will definitely not laugh.

At least the TdF is on.

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