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Research request for info on broken bones and what you can do with them.

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  • #96523
    Katy Walker
    @katy-walker

    Okay, so I have a character who has a severely injured right shoulder/collar bone due to being attacked with a metal bar. He also has a concussion, but I already have someone I know who’s recently had a pretty bad one. So forget about the concussion.

    What I’d like to know is what you can actually realistically do with a broken collar bone/shoulder from someone who has actually broken those bones before. The medical technology is only England, early 1700s, so keep that in mind. Also, when can you start to do more with them, timeline-wise?

    (I have this feeling that my character is currently doing nearly impossible things just two days after the attack.)

    Thanks, and God bless!

    ~Katy

    Marvel at His Providence

    #96535
    Veraza Winterknight
    @kari-karast

    @katy-walker

    I’ve used the Mayo Clinic as a resource before. That might help. However, I haven’t experienced this myself so I cannot help you from personal experience.

    "You can dance with my henchman."

    #96587
    Chelsea R.H.
    @seekjustice

    @katy-walker

    I have no personal experience with broken collarbone but I am a first aid officer so I am somewhat knowledgeable about it.

    Essentially the only thing that can be done for a collarbone is to put the arm in a sling (here we use St John sling for first aid and later on a specialised sling can be used, but your world doesn’t sound like it would have any of those Collar N Cuff type things)

    As for timeline…your character is going to be virtually incapacitated for some time, unless it’s not actually broken and just very badly hurt. I’m not a professional and only specialise in first aid, but I would say six to eight weeks or so. And definitely no hand to hand combat 😛

    Ceud mile failte

    #96603
    Katy Walker
    @katy-walker

    @seekjustice

    So…can he at least walk around? I don’t need him to be fighting — in fact, it’s great that he can’t since it gives him an excuse to be cowardly — but it would be best if he didn’t have to stay in bed all day for weeks.

    Can he use his other arm?

    Marvel at His Providence

    #96633
    Leon Fleming
    @w-o-holmes

    Yeah! And would he even be able to eat? Would he be paralyzed from the neck down?


    @seekjustice

    #96659
    Sarah Inkdragon
    @sarah-inkdragon

    @katy-walker

    My brother broke his collar bone, so did my sister. It’s very painful, but it’s not too bad as long as you take car of it. My brother was sent home with a sling and some pain meds from the ER, and that’s all. He couldn’t do anything strenuous for a long time with it, but it wasn’t life threatening. I’m no expert on it however, I’d definitely check the Mayo Clinic.

    "A hard heart is no infallible protection against a soft head."

    - C. S. Lewis

    #96660
    Chelsea R.H.
    @seekjustice

    @katy-walker

    He’d definitely still be able to walk and use his other arm. It just couldn’t be anything too strenuous and probably couldn’t (or shouldn’t anyway) run.


    @w-o-holmes

    I’m slightly unsure of whether you’re being serious or not 😛

    A broken collarbone won’t paralyse you. Though he might have difficulty eating if he’s not used to only using one hand.

    Ceud mile failte

    #96661
    Leon Fleming
    @w-o-holmes

    @seekjustice

    *a grin of mischievous intents* Well, maybe I was and maybe I wasn’t. But in all seriousness, it would be difficult for him to become caught on a door handle by the pocket of his sweat-shirt.

    #96692
    Katy Walker
    @katy-walker

    @seekjustice

    So…probably shouldn’t be having him climb a wall up into a third story? 😛


    @w-o-holmes
    , @sarah-inkdragon, @kari-karast, and @seekjustice

    Thank you for all your help. I did take some of y’all’s suggestion and check out the Mayo Clinic, but they are pretty vague as to what you can actually do during the healing process. I got enough info from the rest of y’all that I should probably re-think my timeline and/or plot so that my recently injured MC is not climbing a wall into an abandoned house as fast as he can. Might want to make him go through the door instead.


    @w-o-holmes

    Every shirt he wears is a <i>sweat</i>shirt, literally. He is a smith, and you always see them sweating. But thankfully, I don’t think his shirts have pockets that catch on door handles. 😉

    Marvel at His Providence

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