How? Trying a move (no handed coin drop <this video isn’t him>) that he has done successfully numerous times before. Normally, you try to land slightly on your back, on the back of your scapula (shoulder blade). He undershot it, and slammed his shoulder into the ground.
Now, before you start thinking b-boying is dangerous, read Break-Dancing will NOT kill you. Done? Thank you.
It was a mistake. No equipment or warm up could have prevented that. That’s just how most injuries happen. All activity comes with the risk of accidents. Now, moving on…
Note: Please see a Doctor if you think you have broken a bone, and follow their advice. This info is for informational purposes only (sorry, had to say it). Disclaimer here.
So, of course, he came to yours truly for some advice! A Physiotherapist who is also a B-Boy! Perfect! Well… I actually feel sorta useless. For now at least.
Bone fractures are good, yet bad injuries. But the good is very good, and the bad, just very inconvenient.
They are bad in that you have to simply rest! No getting around it this time. Sorry. When you break a bone, you can’t do much until it’s healed. A lot of this information is readily available, but I’ll sum up what you really want to know:
First, a lot of swelling and bruising. Inflammation sets in. Lots of pain. That means: don’t move it! Go to a doctor. You may need surgery (usually really simple procedure to approximate the bones, if necessary), but most often just a cast or sling will do.
After about 6 weeks, a nice callus should be formed. But, still not very strong. The good news? You can start to move! But don’t lift anything too heavy, or bear a lot of weight on that body part. Ask the doc.
After about 3 months, much of the bone callus has been replaced by stronger ‘real’ bone (lamellar). Now you can start some gradual progression back to your sport/activity. Again, ask the doc (they will probably want to X-ray you again).
Over the next few months, you should be getting stronger, and exercise will help build bone density and muscles will grow stronger and supportive, and you may become fully functional, eventually fully returning to your sport. However, keep in mind complete bone healing can last up to 18 months.
First, rest. Unfortunately, that’s it. But, it’s the most important part of recovery. Gotta let that thing heal. Following the general exercise guidelines listed above (which your Doc will tell you) will gradually bring you back to normal as you heal.
However, seeing a Physical Therapist is a good idea if you feel you have lost some function in the joint, especially if the healing wasn’t ideal (long cast time due to complex fracture or surgery).
This is ‘rehabilitation’, which is similar to ‘active recovery’.
For example: sometimes you may simply lose some range of motion (flexibility), feeling very stiff. Gentle stretches are appropriate here (after your bone has healed enough).
Or, you may feel weak (because of the disuse of muscles). Therefore, you should do strengthening exercises.
Read: How to rehab an injury – ‘active recovery’ for more details.
As you go through the stages of healing, the exercises will change – getting more intense and complex as you get better. Of course, it’ll be different for everyone. Be sure to be cleared by your Doctor before trying any exercise program.
The good news:
Bone breaks, especially minor ones, heal very well. Once finished (assuming good approximation and union), they may be stronger than ever! This is quite different than sprains, which can have a very difficult recovery – causing trouble for a long time. Once a ligament is sprained, it can remain loose for years, being prone to re-injury. But generally, once bones are healed, you’re done. Muscle strains can also be tough to deal with.
I know this article didn’t really provide a whole lot of do-it-yourself, make yourself better recommendations, but hopefully it gave you some indication of what’s in store for your bone break. I am a firm believer in patient education as being one the most important roles of health care professionals, liberating patients with confidence about their condition so they can take care of themselves and get on with their lives.