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My sister is a horse person recovering from a fractured humerous. The muscles in her arm were also very tight after the bone mended, but she just kept at it. She said that sometimes it hurt when her arm was jarred, but she was confident that the bone was healed, and kept working with her physical therapist to loosen the muscles. I don't know if this helps you or not...

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6/3/09 2:52 P

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The physical therapist should be able to give you good advice. I'd be careful over working those arms until the doc says okay. You use them for a lot more than biking and it's hopefully for a long life ahead.


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6/3/09 2:44 P

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I would think very carefully to strength training for your arms to help build up muscle?

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Sorry to hear about your accident!!! Yours sounds worse than mine!!! Luckily, I was wearing my helmet and gloves!!!

I would love to hear the suggestions as well!!! I am 5 weeks into a fractured elbow from a trip over the handle bars and am itching to get back on my bike!!! The doc told me 6-8 weeks but I'm not sure what I should be looking for to know whether it is too soon or not!!! I am able to run and do light upper body ST but the doc was concerned about the bouncing when I grip the handle bars!!!

Any suggestions would be appreciated!!!


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6/3/09 2:22 P

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Hey guys...I guess I'm just looking for some encouragement here. This spring (first nice day of the year with no snow on the ground, etc...) I wiped out on my bike. I haven't had a serious wreck in many years but this one was a doozy. Only 1/2 a block form the house an I managed to put all of my weight down onto the left elbow, breaking my upper humerus in three places.
Well, almost three months, four pins, two sedations and a few weeks of physical therapy later I am back on the bike. I was never a super serious rider, but I do enjoy it. My average trip was usually between 9 and 20 miles a few times a weeks last year. I also usually have my three year old in the trailer behind me. I guess right now my biggest problem is that my arm stiffens up pretty badly each time I ride and I feel the need to stop and stretch it out every two-three miles. I want to get beck in better shape again (a bad shoulder fracture, it turns out, can take you out of most activities) and would like to get up to doing a fifty mile ride by around the end of June/beginning of July. Does anyone have any advice or experience with these things. You wouldn't think arms are all that big a part of riding but I'm finding that its more than I though

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