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    I broke my left ankle on October 30, 2006, at around 6:30 pm. I remember it so clearly because I was wearing my pink panther dress and practicing for the upcoming Halloween Classic, doing a partial run through with my coach. He was not far from me, kind of blocking the crowds. I was just doing some simple footwork, turning from forwards to backwards to forwards, and I stepped forward to do a bunny hop and I lost my balance and fell backwards towards my left. My blade caught in the ice, so I fell on my foot. My rockstar coach came with me to the hospital and stayed with me for hours, and then went to my house and took care of my cats. I had surgery, had 3 screws in the ankle, started PT about 10 days later but was non weight-bearing for about 7 weeks. Six and a half weeks in, I threw 2 clots to my lungs, so I was in the hospital 5 days for that. But, eventually things got better. I had the screws removed the following April because the syndesmotic screw, which pinned the fibula to the tibia, hurt me, and my surgeon just took them all out.

    I had about 4 months of PT altogether, and I know it helped a lot. I did not get back on the ice until around August or so. The first time I skated with my coach at the same rink I was injured at, and that was a little freaky. Skated with him a few times, went and braved some public sessions and some freestyle sessions. For awhile, my ankle did not want to flex enough, and crossovers were great therapy. I would say I have about 95% or so of my former range of motion, and it never bothers me while skating. I had pain due to the soft tissue injury sporadically for several years but it is totally fine now. I do notice that if I am not vigilent about stretching it, it does stiffen up a bit.

    I still skate, but just once a week or so with my coach. I could skate more, but I developed a lot of other interests in the time I was recovering, and so I am content with what I'm doing. My coach stays with me, encourages me, and lets me do what I want, teaches me new things or helps me improve what I can do. After all, I'm not going to the Olympics or even adult nationals, and I'm okay with that. It is just fun. My coach and I have been together since January of 1999! He and I were laughing about that today, as we are clearly the longest running partnership at the rink.

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    I have never broken bones while skating. I am 47 years old and have been skating since I was a kid. However, I have sprained my right ankle several times and have gouged my left shin twice with the back of my right blade, requiring stitches and time off the ice both times. I have split my chin open and I have gotten some nasty bruises. I recover and keep going. If I broke a bone, same thing. It would not discourage me.

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    Well, as I posted in another thread here on MITF, I broke my right tibia skating. Lost my balance and fell backwards after sticking my toe pick in the ice. Damn toe pick!

    Some rink employees brought a chair on casters onto the ice and helped me onto it, then rolled me off. I had been practicing during a public skate after my lesson, and a throng of hockey players were clogging the office and snack area, waiting to get on the ice for their pick-up session. One of the hockey players was an EMT and he checked my leg and said he was pretty sure it was broken (which I assumed too, as I had heard a distinct snap). I ended up getting a titanium rod and 5 screws over two months into my healing time.

    I had no idea what I was in for. It was about 5 months before I was tentatively weight-bearing, but I didn't go back to skating. Since I wasn't really active, it took me a couple of years to regain my range of motion in that foot and ankle. I did have an excellent physical therapist who came to my house and tortured me for awhile (in the nicest possible way) after I had my hard casts off. (The PTs at my ortho's office were true sadists.) That helped a lot. I slacked off quite a bit after she stopped coming.

    BUT. Tomorrow I am finally going back on the ice for the first time since the break. I am excited, mainly. But I think it will be a little weird to be on the ice at the same rink−I know exactly the spot where I was skating when I fell. I'm just going to take it really easy and try not to freak out. My two sons and I are signed up for LTS lessons taking place at the same time. The idea of having them there comforts me since it will probably refocus my attention onto them and off of me. In theory, at least ....

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    1. Spiral fractures of right tibia (about where top of boot is), and fibula
    I also had a spiral fracture of the right tibia (exactly right above the boot top, since the stiff boot kept my leg/foot/ankle safe and immobilized inside), but I somehow did not break my fibula. I guess tib/fib is very common−not sure how I didn't manage to fx my fibula too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hanca View Post
    I don't want to scare you, but the hip impingement is one of the four hip injuries I had on my hip. It happened because bits of my labrum got torn off, and were floating in the hip joint making it 'mechanically dysfunctional'. If you don't do anything with it to have it fixed and keep pushing it anyway, you will start overcompensating with your gluteus and your iliopsoas (to be able to lift your leg when the bits of the labrum are making the hip joint 'stuck'). So it will eventually lead with putting so much strain on the iliopsoas and gluteus so much that they get partially torn (and if it is still not diagnosed, it could get completely torn). I was 'lucky' that after a year of visiting four different specialists, having various scans and doing lots of rehabilitation, the last hip specialist eventually diagnosed it so my iliopsoas and gluteus medius were only partially torn. But after it was diagnosed, the surgery was within 2 days because they thought that it was quite urgent. (Maybe if the previous three hip specialist read properly the outcomes of the scans, I would never partially tear my iliopsoas and gluteus medius. ) The hip surgery was pretty bad. I have had three knee surgeries in the past, but the one on my hip was worse than all three knee surgeries together! The outcome now is that I will never be able to jump (on the ice) and had to switch to ice dance. Be careful with hip injury!
    Yeah, I did ask the doctor, when we were talking about the cortisone injection, "well, gee, won't I just damage my hip more while the pain is gone?" Very conscious of this. Alas, the plain MRI didn't show anything. If ever I deal with more pain or discomfort I'll have to request a contrast MRI.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LilJen View Post
    Yeah, I did ask the doctor, when we were talking about the cortisone injection, "well, gee, won't I just damage my hip more while the pain is gone?" Very conscious of this. Alas, the plain MRI didn't show anything. If ever I deal with more pain or discomfort I'll have to request a contrast MRI.
    Request more tests! My hip did not apparently show anything on MRI, then I had another MRI with some contrast thing injected in; they claimed again that it didn't show anything. I then had Xray, also nothing that would explain the symptoms they described. I had cortisone shot, it helped a little bit but then started hurting at another place in my hip (probably in the meantime I already created one of the further injuries), then I wasted 6 months with doing physio and nothing improved, in fact the cortisone shot wore off and I had very bad pain by then, then I took all the CDs with all the tests (MRI, MRI with contrast and the X ray pictures) to another specialist and he actually found the injuries on it! So I have been told all the time that there is nothing on the scans but there were the injuries visible if they knew what they were looking for. If the first three specialists were competent, I would not end up with four different injuries. To be fair, hip injuries are hard to diagnose. I found some forum on hip injuries and found out that I wasn't the only one who took such a long time to be diagnosed. But the sad thing is that if they don't diagnose it, it will get worse. It got so bad that I was tripping on the stairs because my brain thought that I lift my leg high enough and the leg wasn't lifted enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hanca View Post
    Request more tests! My hip did not apparently show anything on MRI, then I had another MRI with some contrast thing injected in; they claimed again that it didn't show anything. I then had Xray, also nothing that would explain the symptoms they described. I had cortisone shot, it helped a little bit but then started hurting at another place in my hip (probably in the meantime I already created one of the further injuries), then I wasted 6 months with doing physio and nothing improved, in fact the cortisone shot wore off and I had very bad pain by then, then I took all the CDs with all the tests (MRI, MRI with contrast and the X ray pictures) to another specialist and he actually found the injuries on it! So I have been told all the time that there is nothing on the scans but there were the injuries visible if they knew what they were looking for. If the first three specialists were competent, I would not end up with four different injuries. To be fair, hip injuries are hard to diagnose. I found some forum on hip injuries and found out that I wasn't the only one who took such a long time to be diagnosed. But the sad thing is that if they don't diagnose it, it will get worse. It got so bad that I was tripping on the stairs because my brain thought that I lift my leg high enough and the leg wasn't lifted enough.
    Did you end up having surgery? If the symptoms go back to what they were before my cortisone shot (which has lasted nearly a year) then I would consider surgery, assuming the doctors found the problem. For now, though, I'm ok.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LilJen View Post
    Did you end up having surgery? If the symptoms go back to what they were before my cortisone shot (which has lasted nearly a year) then I would consider surgery, assuming the doctors found the problem. For now, though, I'm ok.
    Yes, I did end up having the surgery. My pain is gone but unfortunately I won't ever do freeskating again. Never mind, I switched to dance. I am only adult skater, so it is not a disaster. I never intended to be ice dancer, but it is better than nothing.

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    Well yesterday I unfortunately joined this club. I was practicing spins in a new group lesson class and suddenly fell. Broke my right wrist. Now it's in a cast and I have to elevate and ice it ....will see an orthopedic surgeon early this week. The doctor in the ER said its a bad break and may need surgery.

    I'm feeling sad at the thought of being off the ice for probably a long time. And a little worried that I fell so badly on a spin of all things. It makes me wonder if my internal center of balance is really off or something. And just when I was starting to make some progress on my backspin ... :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debbie S View Post
    Broke my left leg - tibia just above the ankle, at the top of the boot, and the fibula up near the knee - in Nov 2009. Fell right after an RBO 3-turn
    Seriously? That's so close to mine. In 1996, I broke my left leg in three places doing a LBO 3 turn. My left blade got caught in a rut and, according to witnesses, my right foot pushed into my left leg. The tibia was broken just above the ankle and below the knee, which broke the fibula near the top tibia break.

    I forget the order of the questions, but.........this was on August 16 (adult skating camp) about 7 p.m. Laid on the ice waiting for the ambulance for about half an hour. And then in the ER for I don't know how long. Every 5 minutes I was asking Peggy (friend who followed the ambulance) what time it was when there was a giant clock on the wall. Finally met the orthopedic surgeon, got x-rayed and knocked out and was in a room by midnight with a cast from above the knee to my toes. (I have pictures.) I was in the cast for three weeks while the swelling went down. Went to hospital to have titanium rod from ankle to knee, pin across the top and screws at each end put in on September 6 (18 staples).

    Was off work for 20 weeks altogether (fully paid - gotta love the 90's corporate policies and insurance). Went to the orthopedic surgeon every three weeks. Started going to PT in October, was allowed to put 100% of my weight on my leg (and drive and take a shower!!!) the day after Thanksgiving). Went back to work January 7. And I have a copy of my final x-ray!!! Had screws taken out (outpatient) February 7. Got to keep the screws.

    Went skating one year+one week after break - slowly. Never really got back into trying to do much and only skated for another season. You can still see the scars.

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    No broken bones. Most damage was a badly sprained wrist (trying to drive home was painful) and 4 stitches to the back of the head doing the back chasses on the Starlight Waltz (since dubbed the Starfright Waltz). Should have pointed the toe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clairecloutier View Post
    Well yesterday I unfortunately joined this club. I was practicing spins in a new group lesson class and suddenly fell. Broke my right wrist. Now it's in a cast and I have to elevate and ice it ....will see an orthopedic surgeon early this week. The doctor in the ER said its a bad break and may need surgery.

    I'm feeling sad at the thought of being off the ice for probably a long time. And a little worried that I fell so badly on a spin of all things. It makes me wonder if my internal center of balance is really off or something. And just when I was starting to make some progress on my backspin ... :-)
    Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear this. I hope your recovery is swift. Don't doubt yourself too much. Freak accidents can happen. It does not necessarily have to mean that there is something wrong with your center of balance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Messalina View Post
    Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear this. I hope your recovery is swift. Don't doubt yourself too much. Freak accidents can happen. It does not necessarily have to mean that there is something wrong with your center of balance.
    Thanks Messalina :-) My recovery is going okay so far, I may have surgery this week or next. Hopefully all will heal well.

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    (((clairecloutier))) I hope the surgery goes well and you have as quick a recovery as possible!

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    A.
    1. My lower spine
    2. Mohawks. I was trying too hard to turn out and my feet slipped out from under me. It hurt just like any other fall, but a few days later when I was still hurting like I just fell, I knew I needed to go to the doctor :\
    3. Physical Therapy
    4. I was told to take a month off and I had 0 idea what to do with myself, it made me value skating
    5. I used to have a lot of pain in my lower back when I skated and danced, but I've been skating/dancing pain free for the past 2 months
    6. I try not to fall on my butt anymore

    B.
    1. Sprained Wrist, twice
    2. Falling the wrong way
    3. Ice, keeping my wrist wrapped (which I only did for about a week)
    4. It didn't
    5. I haven't had any pain in my wrist for a month
    6. Fall the correct way. Haha


    I'm really glad none of my injuries required surgery. Some of yours sound incredibly painful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debbie S View Post
    (((clairecloutier))) I hope the surgery goes well and you have as quick a recovery as possible!
    Thanks!!

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