A discussion of collarbone fractures and the treatment that Tyler Hamilton is receiving.
The clavicle is the most commonly broken bone in cycling. Fracture usually occurs as a result of a fall onto an outstretched hand or direct fall onto the affected shoulder/collar bone. Tyler Hamilton (Team CSC) fractured his clavicle during a crash in stage 1 of this year?s Tour de France, and has continued the Tour despite an injury which may have forced lesser riders to abandon. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>
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X-rays done before the L?Alpe d?Huez stage revealed the fracture has not started healing, but it has not worsened or become further displaced. Radiographic evidence of healing, however, may lag behind in fractures up to 2-4 weeks. The normal healing time for a clavicle fracture is 2-4 weeks. This time is in a completely rested clavicle, so it is reasonable to believe that
Team CSC?s physical therapist, Ole K?re F?li, has been providing intensive treatment for
Also, CSC director sportif, Bjarne Riis, brought in a Danish physician who specializes in atmospheric ionic therapy in an attempt to speed the healing process. Ionic therapy involves using infrasonic sound waves to provide vibrations within the body. It is believed that these vibrations foster cellular activity within the bone cortex and can assist in the healing process.
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