from bone break to tissue damage:
when I discovered I’d broken my clavicle, the impression I had was that it would get better, and within a period of time – initially I thought 3 weeks from my googling, and then 10 weeks after I’d visited the fracture clinic where I talked with a medical doctor, and discussion with my privately organised physio.
After a couple of weeks I did notice a different slant to my shoulders, but another very experienced complementary practitioner thought if anything the new position was better. However, a recent consultation with a new physio revealed the opinion that my shoulder has ‘dropped’, as I understand it since the bone has re-joined in a slightly different position – this impacts on where I can put my arm – so, wriggling movements feel damaging, as well as something close to the tennis overarm serve (which I would like to get back to doing).
and so I am now considering the more real possibility of long-term/permanent damage, and it was an unpleasant shock.
what really strikes me is the kind of seamless transition from ‘going to get better soon’ to ‘well, probably not’ – there feels to be no attention or space given to the, I guess, psychological effect of this on me. – apart from from me, and I realised I was going through a kind of Kubler Ross bereavement process, feeling anger and grief, as a start.
A physio kindly sent me an article about clavicle / shoulder breaks, and this indicates that generally a bigger problem than the break is the damaged tissue – I hadn’t quite absorbed this before, and it gives me a new view – which feels relevant to other conditions of clients and friends/ relatives that I have observed.
present medical practice seems to virtually ignore this – and this may be a place where shiatsu and other forms of body work may be strong.
food for thought – do add any you have to this blog – I’d be interested.