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By Patrick Vernon
From Albuquerque, NM
Dec 27, 2012
mexico

So halfway through my glorious onsight attempt of the red 4+ on the beach wall at the spot I swung on the sick sideways dyno move and fell onto my right arm pretty severely dislocating my elbow. Can anyone give me some better beta for that move?... just kidding, has anyone had any experience with a dislocated elbow? Specifically:

How long before you felt like you were fully recovered?
Did you fully recover?
Who did you go see and what did they say? (especially in the front range area)
What kind of PT did you have to do?
How much tendon and ligament did you sustain?
Is my climbing carrer over?
Any other advice?

Any advice at all is much appreciated. I am trying to collect as much info as possible before I see a specialist and stories from climbers are very valuable.

-Patrick


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By Superclimber
Dec 27, 2012

Sorry Man. That sucks.


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By ErikaNW
Dec 27, 2012
Rapping off the Matron October, 2010

No beta for you on the bouldering, but... Dr. David Schneider at Cornerstone Orthopaedics in Louisville is great for elbows.

I did not fully dislocate my elbow, but subluxed it with a radial head fracture, torn ulnar collateral ligament and ulnar nerve damage. I was out of commission after the original accident for about 7 months. Lived with it for years until it got really unstable feeling, then Dr. Schneider fixed it and it is better than my other elbow.

It is worth a consult to see how much soft tissue damage you did at any rate.

Good luck!


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By JJNS
Dec 28, 2012

Toe hook on the blue undercling. I've been watching people take crazy face plant falls on that one since it went up. Sorry you got hurt. I hope it heals up quick.


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By Jamie Stadler
Dec 28, 2012

I dislocated my elbow around 8 years ago very severely.. I was in a splint and sling for 3 months then free to do whatever I could after that. It was at least 6 months till I had 90% of my range back and felt comfortable enough to try anything with it. Today I have 95% of my range I use to have and don't even notice it. Key thing is to not rush it and be sure to slowly stretch it out to get your range back. Sorry to hear you got hurt though!


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By Charles Vernon
From Tucson, AZ
Dec 28, 2012

What it is with these Vernons and their elbow problems?!


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By Jonas Salk
Dec 28, 2012

I dislocated my elbow skateboarding a while ago, before I started climbing. It was full on, bone completely out of socket gnarly. Lots of swelling and pain. I did the PT and started taking glucosamine every day. They told me it would never be the same again, but I think they always say that just in case. I healed completely. No problems anymore, but it took a few years. If I overdid anything, it would let me know. Be patient with it, do the PT, stay hydrated, stay positive, and never underestimate the body's ability to heal itself. I recommend doing some kind of glucosamine/MSM/condroitin supplement and acupuncture. You will climb again if you take it easy now and don't re-injure it. Good luck!


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By Patrick Vernon
From Albuquerque, NM
Dec 28, 2012
mexico

Thanks for all of the replies so far, sounds like I really need to take it easy for a while. Did any of you have much ligament damage? I am worried about permanent damage from torn ligaments but it sounds like if I play my cards right I can get back to normal or at least close to it. Damn the curse of the Vernon elbow.

-Patrick


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