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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 10:55 pm 
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I fractured both radial heads in the early 80s. To this day, I cannot straighten my elbows fully.

It's a very minor handicap. Things that require longitudinal force along the arms to the shoulders are kind of painful and I can't lock my elbows so things like planks - or similar activities that benefit from locked elbows - are kind of a weakness for me. At the time, I was a CPR and EMS instructor and I couldn't do conventional CPR, had to modify.

Road bike riding isn't a problem especially since I learned that one shouldn't lock elbows anyway. Rough roads and a lot of vibration get a little painful at times.

My healing and re-hab was: they kept me in splints for a couple of weeks, but after that, I was encouraged to remove the splints and move the joint as much as possible and do PT (i.e. straightening exercises, strengthen tricepts) asap. I went on a 2 week canoe trip within a month of the injuries, without any problems.

They were sort of painful regularly for a couple of years after the injuries, but after that, mostly pain free. Every once in a while I get some pain from over use, but a few days of good steady dosing with an NSAID will knock it down.


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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 11:39 pm 
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That's bad luck guy. How'd it happen, don't think you mentioned? Race crash? Cobbles?

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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 4:11 am 
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Tied tentative weight bearing yesterday, still too sore to allow that. Hoping to head to the Alps on the 11th for a couple of weeks, to get some sort of form back. Hoping I'm healed enough by then...

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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 9:17 am 
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Is pain closer to the wrist also normal? Especially when trying to supinate?

One week in and it's starting to p!ss me off

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I fractured my radial head five weeks ago as a result of going over the bars and landing with a straight arm, apparently it isn't always your collarbone that gives...

Initially I wasn't sure it was broken so gave it 24 hours before taking a trip to A&E, following X-Rays they sent me away with a sling and some co dydramol. After a bit of googling I realised that trying to get a decent range of motion back in my arm as soon as possible was a wise idea and came across this protocol: http://www.ouh.nhs.uk/patient-guide/lea ... alhead.pdf. I tried to ride my bike four days after the accident and realised it wasn't going to happen, I couldn't straighten the arm nor could my elbow bare weight, this also precluded me from riding a turbo. I was off painkillers in four days and out of the sling in two, I used pain in supination and extension as a limiter to my activities.

I went too far with the rehab on a couple of occasions, too much of the Gripmaster, which led to moderate pain from the elbow and I've had referred issues in both my wrist and shoulder. My first ride on the road took place 14 days after the accident but I couldn't stand up out of the saddle to ride until three weeks after the accident and even then I was tentative.

It's now almost six weeks since the break and I'm going racing for the first time since the accident this evening. The elbow still feels weak in certain orientations but the fracture clinic gave me the all-clear last week, I've regained 100% mobility in the joint.

If I could suggest one thing based on my experience then get the arm moving as soon as possible, even if it's uncomfortable. By way of caveat I'm not a medical professional and your situation will be completely different to mine. I hope it heals quickly.


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I was a little ahead of you, so bit further down the healing path.

Was back racing just on 5 weeks. ROM still an issue, particularly straightening the arm fully. And still some mild pain. But (trust me) I'd still take this over another broken clavicle.

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good to hear you're back racing. Keep working on your ROM, I probably stopped PT a little sooner than I should and don't quite have full ROM because of it. It used to consist of me face up on the table with my upper arm supported by the edge, elbow just hanging off, and then the therapist pushing down on the lower arm trying to get it to extend all the way. I like to think I have a pretty high pain tolerance, but that was intense. Now, it will seem to get tight from overuse or even as the weather changes and my ROM shortens up.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 6:18 am 
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Tinea Pedis wrote:
I was a little ahead of you, so bit further down the healing path.

Was back racing just on 5 weeks. ROM still an issue, particularly straightening the arm fully. And still some mild pain. But (trust me) I'd still take this over another broken clavicle.


Good to hear, best of luck with the racing.


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