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amethyst


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I broke one wrist and sprained the other. The over paid doctor said "strictly no climbing for at least 4 weeks." What the hell do I do now?


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Um.......heal!!

I've found that rc.com provides great support for me when I'm not able to climb, plus you read stories and talk about climbing for weeks on edn without climbing and then when you're finally ready to climb agian you are super stoked and you'll climb like crazy. Sorry bout your wrist!

woodsE


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Not as sorry as I am, but you are right - I have spent alot more time online.


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 4 weeks that's not to long. It's been cold rainig around here for 2 mouths. Jest sit back draw some graffiti, and stay on the net. All day long puttin up new routes on your local climbing area. Yea fool....
Heal yo...

click here to see how!




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Bumber dude. Yeah, let it heal. I dislocated my elbow last July so I know how bad injuries suck.

What ever you do...don't do what I did.

I started climbing, wakeboarding and skateboarding within two weeks. The doctor told me to leave a splint on for 5 weeks, but I took it off a week and a half later.

Injuries take longer to heal if they don't have the proper time.

Listen to your Doc.

Ammon.


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listen to your...doc...


sounds like good advice to me.


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That is a bummer. I keep telling people to aim anywhere but my hands when I'm doing goal work. Of course, I have the biggest bruise on my thumb joint now that hurts like hell.

Just pretend it's raining everyday.


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Right now it is raining so it should not be too difficult!!


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Heal. Time off can be good for you.

Work on core strength. Lots of ab work.


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heal really fast and pray you can do it again. i had surgery on my left thumb and my doc said no climbing for at least 2 years last april. i returned a month later and he said i had made a full recovery and that hes never seen it this kind of injury heal so quickly. i was lucky i guess


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Zlipper,

It's also possible that since your dexterity was really primed from climbing, that your body found it easier to heal.


amethyst


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Wow that is really cool that you healed so fast. But you have depressed me terribly - I had never thought about my injury having any long term effects. I know my arm will be weaker when the cast comes off, but that is just temporary... right?


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let it heal fully or you'll regreat it trust me, you don't wanna have to go to that overpaid doc again to get it rebroken so it can heal properly again putting ya out even longer.


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Now here's entertainment--

See how slowly you can pass the mouse over paininhaler's links without that boxie thing coming up. Kept me busy for ten minutes.


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Quote:The over paid doctor said "strictly no climbing for at least 4 weeks."
When I had my injury, I took a different view of recovery:Click here.

-Jay


elcapbuzz


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My doc is not over paid. He's actually a prolific climber from the 70's.

The reason he's not over paid is because we trade services. He fixes me when I break....and I guide him up bigwalls.

Mmmmmm.. that reminds me. I should call him.


amethyst


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jt512

That's awesome. I've thought about it, but decided it wouldn't be very bright in my case.


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Use the other hand, it feels like someone else...
Oh you mean climbing, um, sorry about that.


amethyst


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Well yes, originally I meant climbing but I am open to suggestion.....!



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Hi.
Take your 4 weeks off, then don't climb for a few weeks more. Spend a few weeks getting flexibility and strength back. If you just get right back and start pulling hard, you'll screw yourself up.


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The doctor's advice was to rest? Then I suggest you rest. contrary to popular belief, the doctor is looking out for your best interest.

Continuing to put stress on an injury (i.e. climbing on an un-healed fracture) will prolong the healing process, and eventually force you to 1) miss more days of climbing in the future, and/or 2)cause you a permanent disfigurement that could hinder future climbing.

Is 4 weeks really THAT long?

Best,

JRB


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Its gona be hard to resist climbing but its for the best. If your doctor allows it, try to get some self physical therapy on your wrist thats sprained so it can heal a little faster. Other than that stay off of the poor little wrists I guess just read books, get on the net, and read article summeries on climbing stuff to keep your mind preoccupied


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I know it is hard to think that you may not be able to climb for a whole month but I coached soccer from late Oct through the end of Jan and it took almost all my spare time which meant almost no climbing. I have been at it every day since the season ended and at first was rusty and felt weak but it is coming back fast. Just be patient, the time will pass and you have many years to climb. I'll give you a holler next month when I am up in Austin and maybe we can get together to climb a bit.

Climb On


rigel


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there are a few other things you could do with your time...




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When I fractored my Scaphoid bone (in my hand/wrist), the Doc put me in a full-arm cast and said I'd be in it 3 weeks instead of 2, just to be sure.

When I went back, put me in another cast, a short one this time, and said ANOTHER 3 weeks, just to be sure....

When I went back, he said... well, better keep it on ANOTHER 2 weeks!!! Just to be sure... AAAAHHHRRRGGG.

When I went back, he finally cut it off and gave me a strap thing until I my tendons get stretchy again and I get my mobility back... probably 2-3 more weeks.


Luckly my other wrist was 100%, so I worked on 1 armed boulder problems the entire time which helped get my left arm strengthen up to my casted right arm.


After being in a cast for 8 weeks, it took me 6-8 months to regain 98% of my strength, and about a year total to be at 100+ percent of where I was when it happened. Wow, did it suck!

Just remember to take it slow and be careful. Tendens take a LONG time to get back to normal and if you push them too hard, you will not be climbing for a MUCH LONGER time.

Good Luck!


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