I had a nasty low-speed crash 11 days ago, and ended up fracturing my collarbone, and significantly bruising my bicep, pectoral and the upper ribs. I’m currently wearing a sling, but am now often more comfortable (and in less pain) removing it and holding my arm in place on my own.
My orthopaedic surgeon does not recommend surgery, as it looks as though I’ll heal naturally. More X-rays will be done in four weeks to confirm. I’m currently doing light shoulder/elbow/forearm/wrist motion exercises to keep the shoulder loose, and am to start more serious physio exercises in 2.5 weeks.
While I’m definitely in less pain than 11 days ago, I regularly get intense “cramping” type pain in the trapezoid and muscles/soft tissues around the shoulder blade.
I’ll likely be off the road bike until the end of August, but want to get on my indoor trainer as soon as I can to get my legs moving more (walking more than 15 minutes tends to trigger those incapacitating shoulder blade cramps).
I think/hope that I’ll be able to start next pedalling indoor next week sometime.
Does anyone have any advice or suggestions to make my return on my (indoor) bike more comfortable for my sore left side? Sling or no sling? Should I try to try to rest my arm on “something “?
I have a Wahoo Kickr, Climb and an adjustable-height “training desk”.
(Oh, while my head and body to the brunt of the fall and I managed to shred my Castelli Perfetto jersey and crack my Oakley helmet, I’m happy to report that my road bike seems fine! The only apparent damage is scratched brake levers… Don’t ask how, as I lost 15s of my memory prior to the crash, and passed out about 45s right after it. I only have a 0.2s flash memory of my handlebar sharply jack-knifing to the left as I was riding over a speed bump at 15km/h).