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45 yo. After 4 weeks I started light riding. 8 weeks I finished well in a short race (able to fully sprint zero pain). Now 12 weeks and I wouldn't hesitate to engage in any activity.

I think some light activity is good to get blood flowing but, the best tip for me was hearing how much energy the body uses to heal. Taking it easy for a month was sage advise in my case. I just ran into another gent my age who is just getting back to feeling normal after close to one year! So, I think this is highly variable on the individual and the severity/type of break. Good luck!
 

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So, I think this is highly variable on the individual and the severity/type of break. Good luck!
That's probably the most important thing to note, IMO. I was 44 y.o. when I broke mine, and I did notice that recovery took longer than I thought it would. I pretty much just followed the doctor's advice and just to be safe I waited until I was done with physical therapy before I rode my bike again. Total time off the bike was 3 months but I was recovering from some spinal hairline fractures too, so that may have delayed me a bit. (Note: don't get hit by a car while riding your bike....those suckers will mess you up!)
 

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Broke mine last year. 60 years old. First ortho doc said 8-12 weeks off the bike. I went for a second opinion to a sports orthopedic specialist and she said ride as soon as I felt like it. I started riding again 10 days after breaking it.

Suggest getting second and even third opinion.
 

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I busted my collarbone and separated my shoulder when I was 35. Doctor said that I was lucky I did both. If I hadn't broken the bone, the separation would have been worse and if the separation didn't happen the break would have been worse. It took about 6 weeks heal up. I was doing some light work with it after 3 weeks or so. Years later and it's not 100%. I get some clicks in it and I do not have the flexibility I do with my other side.
 

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Broke mine in a motorcycle accident about 4 years ago, when I was 28 or so. Within 3 - 4 weeks, I could move it around quite a lot, but putting pressure on it or raising my arm above my head still hurt. I could ride a normal bicycle at this point, but riding a road bike was impossible due to the angle of the body and the pressure it put on my shoulders.
After about 8 weeks it was pretty much back to normal....until I crashed my bicycle a year ago. I didnt break anything and wasnt seriously hurt, but ever since then, I occasionally get pain in my shoulder, and long bike rides seem to be the cause:(
 

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I broke my collarbone Sunday. The doctor said 6-8 week recovery. I would like to hear from others that have had a similar injury and what their recovery was like, plus any tips to speed recovery.

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Congratulations man!! Welcome to the club. Broke mine last year in a car vs bike accident. I'm 54 yrs old. Both doctor and physical therapist both said to stay off bike for at least 8 weeks so I decided to play it safe took my time. Was off the bike for 8-9 weeks. Getting up and going into work for the first 2 weeks was kind of rough but other than that; things went good. By week 6 I was ready to start ridding but they said no. Don't over do it on the physical therapy. You'll be ok.
 

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broke my collarbone a few summers ago at age 42 yrs. Starting riding recumbent stationary bike at gym after 2 days because I couldn't stand sitting around. it took 6 weeks or so to get back on road bike. I'm tall, so have a large drop from saddle to bars, so I put a lot of pressure on collarbone, hands, etc. if I had a more balanced position, maybe could have gotten back on road bike sooner.

before you know it, you'll be good as new and back on the bike. hang in there!
 

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Try and get an ortho/sports guy to look at it. A lot of bone docs are just concerned with mending bones and don't seem to consider athletic function.

Also, move that thing as much as possible, as soon as possible. The more work you do up front, the quicker you get to normal function.

My collarbone break turned out to be the least of my problems. Had to immobilize my back for 2 months and my shoulder for 3 1/2 months. Believe me, the longer you don't use that stuff, the harder it is to get function back. A little over 2 months out of the braces I can ride for about 3 hours without pain. Still working on strength and range of motion in the shoulder.

Good luck! and welcome to the club.
 

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keep in mind that doctors give a very conservative recommendation on healing because it takes 12 weeks for the bone to be 100% resistant to another break. A "sports medicine" doctor giving the ok to ride "as soon as you like" doesn't remove the fact the bone is still not healed, and if you fall again it's likely to create even more problems. Riding itself is not the problem; it's falling.

As a physician myself, I know the risks but I was back on a trainer in 7 days and back on the bike outside in 12 days. The first week was way too painful to do any kind of activity. My own orthopedic surgeon told me at least 8 weeks, but I'm too proud/ignorant/stubborn to stay off the bike that long. I just knew that if I fell, it would be very risky

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keep in mind that doctors give a very conservative recommendation on healing because it takes 12 weeks for the bone to be 100% resistant to another break. A "sports medicine" doctor giving the ok to ride "as soon as you like" doesn't remove the fact the bone is still not healed, and if you fall again it's likely to create even more problems...


Funny you should say that, because the doctor did say I can ride as soon as I felt like it but don't crash and make it worse. Funnier is that two weeks after breaking it I did crash, but on the other shoulder. One thing that didn't happen, I didn't lose significant fitness.

Nice x-ray. Mine was broken in two places toward the outer end.
 

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jmitro,

Yeah, first time I broke a clavicle I was back on a spin bike in 3 days. Too stubborn to miss The Assault on Mount Mitchell just because of a little clavicle fracture. I basically rode the 2005 AoMM with an extra joint because it hadn't healed due to all the damned ibuprofen I was taking. It still didn't heal after it was pinned that June due to the ibuprofen. I finally got wise to the issue when the second surgery was required to do a bone graft. Only acetaminophen after that surgery and it healed fine. When I broke the other one it healed fine since I didn't use ibuprofen.
 

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Broke mine 10 years ago, 3 month therapy before I could even lift my arm away from my torso (broken in three places). It still aches all winter and lets me know when it's going to rain, and now have a nice overlap hump that freaks out the wife.
 

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Complete break

My collarbone is completely broke. There are three pieces. The progress has been very good. I have less pain each day and I am able to move my arm a little more each day.

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I just wanted to give an update. It has been three weeks and the pain is basically gone. At times I get pain if I have been on my feet for a long time or sitting in a hard chair. I got on the trainer today and rode for 15 minutes with no pain. After getting off the bike, I have some numbness in my fingers which is going away. I am scheduled for x-rays later this week.

David
 
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