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Sternum Cartilage Injury

Great conditions this morning (air 75/water 72) and tried to squeeze in a quick run before I had to be somewhere. Did not have my head in the game and form was horrible. Tried to throw my ski around 6 ball on my 6th pass (stupid move this time of year for sure) and ran square over the ball taking a hard OTF and apparently tearing the cartilage around my sternum in the process. I have had many lower rib cartilage injuries over the years but never around the sternum. Anyone experience this before and any recommendations on treatment?


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  • gregygregy Posts: 2,583 Mega Baller
    I did that lift weights in my 20s. It was slow to heal. I didn't do anything for it. I sure there are others here with some experience with this.
  • ESPNSkierESPNSkier Posts: 176 Baller
    Yes, it sucks as any movement hurts. Worst thing is that it was self-inflicted and at my age I know better than to go for that last ball when you are out of position.
  • gregygregy Posts: 2,583 Mega Baller
  • NandoNando Posts: 558 Crazy Baller
    Umm, yeah, I've done that from OTFs in both jumping and slalom and unfortunately, that injury lasts and lasts and there's not much you can do for it and every move seems to stretch it. Just don't catch cold, because sneezing is a bitch...
  • RazorRoss3RazorRoss3 Posts: 1,356 Mega Baller
    I'd talk to someone with a little more medical experience than me. The extent of my knowledge is try to rest.
  • bigskieridahobigskieridaho Posts: 939 Crazy Baller
    @ESPNSkier put some heat on it as much as you can and ibuprofen. Just rest it and should be feeling much better in about a week or so.
  • parkerc2112parkerc2112 Posts: 127 Baller
    Ah yes, the sweet crunching sound of loose cartilage. Did it first pull up after a 10 year hiatus, just when I thought it healed.. crunch. Took a couple months of not skiing.
  • ESPNSkierESPNSkier Posts: 176 Baller
    Thanks all, good advice! Trying not to sneeze, cough or laugh. Did this many years ago with the lower ribs and it did take a long time to heal. What really sucks is that I had a great session with Matt Rini yesterday and felt like I made real progress....then I go out this morning and do exactly what he told me to stop doing....go figure! Matt is awesome and I highly recommend getting a few sets in with him if you are in Central Florida!
  • ToddAToddA Posts: 113 Baller
    @ESPNSkier the "heat, rest, IBU" comments are all on track. Sternum cartilage can be slow to heal, partly due to location, partly due to cartilage blood flow/repair, partly due to it being so prone to re-flare as we heal. After a couple of weeks of progress and symptoms management, very cautiously/lightly lie on your back with arms outstretched to a crucifix position. As you can do this without pain, progress to standing up in a door jamb in a similar crucifix, but go very light and be certain not to " hang" your body weight on your arms. These postures will help "open" your chest up. We have a poor tendency to rest in chest forward/collapsed position and heal up in a very "shortened state," making it vulnerable to reinjury. Hope this helps.
  • adkh2oskieradkh2oskier Posts: 160 Baller
    That's too bad, Cartilage is slow to heal. With ribs etc it is especially uncomfortable as it only hurts when you breathe. It really hurts when coughing or sneezing. Looks like you are still skiing at 36 so your youth will help it heal faster.
  • ESPNSkierESPNSkier Posts: 176 Baller
    Thanks @ToddA, I'll give that a try when I can. I sneezed yesterday and it took me to my that hurt! I have seen a lot of differing opinions about heat vs cold and have been going the ice route a couple of times a day. Sounds like maybe I should try heat? I read about your shoulder surgery in another post, good luck, I hope you heal quickly!

    @adkh2oskier, your post about me skiing 36 so I must be young made me laugh....again, something you don't want to do when you have a chest cartilage injury! That's because I have not skied a tournament since the early 80s. I'm 61 and usually ski at 32 mph now so the healing process may take a while.
  • ToddAToddA Posts: 113 Baller
    @ESPNSkier you can alternate between heat and ice, benefits to both. Thanks for the well wishes! Yeah, my nerve blocks CK wore off as of a couple of hours ago...Not nearly as nice as it was before! Grrrr....
  • ScottScottScottScott Posts: 963 Mega Baller
    @ESPNSkier hope you heal up soon....that sucks.
  • ESPNSkierESPNSkier Posts: 176 Baller
    Thanks @ScottScott, hope to ski with you again this spring.
  • TravisNWTravisNW Posts: 89 Baller
    edited December 2016
    Ouch, probably be okay but yeah slow to heal but shouldn't have much if any impact on skiing. Use a foam roller across your chest work towards various sized balls starting larger (softball size) then working to smaller (lacrosse ball sized). Maybe even a focused deep tissue massage. It will take a while. Avoid bar to chest incline and even flat bench press if you lift weights. Good luck. Remember it's your injury don't be afraid to explore what exactly hurts it, movements pressure etc. it's better to know limitations first hand plus Its valuable to the body to understand and to be aware.
  • EdmundEdmund Posts: 153 Baller
    @ESPNSkier Sorry to hear about your injury, but us 60+ year old guys skiing 32 mph can still heal OK. :D This past summer I fractured a rib, and 2 months later split my scalp open (needed 8 metal staples but at least the ski did not break). I think I have healed back to normal which is great because I was never normal before!
  • ESPNSkierESPNSkier Posts: 176 Baller
    Thanks @Edmund, glad to hear that you healed! It definitely takes longer for us older guys to heal.
  • CentCent Posts: 187 Baller
    Regarding the sternum cartilage injury that happened to me water skiing 40 years ago. It was a slow heal, but it has been ok ever since though I won't ever for get that injury. It definite interfered with getting up for awhile.
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,384 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I injured a small area of sternum cartilage while tubing during my senior year in high school in 1990. To this day, I still cannot tube without still feeling a little pain from it, and I'm now 43. Fortunately, it prevented me from tubing anymore, and to stick to skiing.
    Scott Calderwood
  • Jody_SealJody_Seal Posts: 2,919 Mega Baller
    Did that back about 86 up in Montana. 82 2001 Ski Nautique , 36 mph, 15 off had a rope break right out in front of the wake coming off of 3 ball. Still to this day have a rib that protrudes a bit.
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