Recovering from a Clavicle Injury: Part One

recovering from a collar bone injury
JOM showing off collar bone / clavicle swelling

“A broken collarbone is a common injury. The collarbone, also known as the clavicle, connects the shoulder blade to the breastbone. Common causes of a broken collarbone include falls, sports and traffic accidents. Infants sometimes break their collarbones while being born.” – The Mayo Clinic –

recovering from a collar bone injury
JOM’s left clavicle circa 2015, six weeks after a break with tenting, NO surgery

Symptoms of a broken collarbone include:

  • Pain that increases when moving the shoulder.
  • Swelling, tenderness or bruising.
  • Skin over the break might look like a tent when gently pinched.
  • A bump on or near the shoulder.
  • A grinding or crackling sound when moving the shoulder.
  • Stiffness or not being able to move the shoulder.

There’s also those injuries where there is no break of the clavicle, but similar to above, swelling, tenderness, or bruising. No matter the outcome, Clavicle / Collar Bone injuries are among the most common that affect cyclists, no matter your chosen genre.

Recovering from a Clavicle Injury: Part One Video

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In this video, JOM of the Gravel Cyclist crew talks about a recent crash injury, his history with broken clavicles and associated injuries, and recovery. JOM will document his recovery from start to full healing, more to come in Part Two. We sincerely hope you find this information helpful, but it in no way is indicative of professional medical treatment. What is working for JOM, may not work for you, consider consulting a medical professional with your treatment plan.

recovering from a collar bone injury
Not a pretty sight. Bruising and swelling above the hip.

Reminder: ALWAYS BE A STEWARD FOR GRAVEL CYCLING: Respect the roads, respect the locals, respect the land, respect your fellow cyclists.

recovering from a collar bone injury
All good, the bike survived, just a tiny paint chip! T-Lab X3.22

Have no fear, JOM is on the Mend!

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