Worst Bones to Break


The Top Ten

1 Spine

Breaking your spine is by far the worst. You are paralysed for life and will never be able to walk or move properly for the rest of your life. You will be in immense pain for your whole life and you will be stuck in a wheelchair. I've been in a wheelchair since I was 8 years old and was in a car crash but I'm thankful I didn't break my neck or spine

If you broke your spine you will not be able to move or anything for your whole life. You can see and feel and talk and everything, but you can't move and you will suffer. I would rather die quickly than live long but painfully.

Broke my spine in half and smashed 6 vertebrae along with it. It was T10-L3, I had a spinal fusion and was in the hospital for a total of 4 days From April 11-15th and then walked out. This happened because of a car hitting me while I was on my motorcycle. I got lucky...

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2 Collarbone

I broke my left clavicle in football when I challenged for a header but the guy didn't jump and I went over the top of him when I landed I heard a pop and when I got up I went to run and I took one running step I paused the pain was unbearable but it stopped when I started walking so at this point I knew it was bad but I didn't think it was a broken clavicle so I walked off the pitch to the changing rooms sat down then all of a sudden the worst pain I've ever felt just shot up to my clavicle and shoulder area I started to cry so I went to find the doctor he told me I have broken my clavicle my left one and I went to hospital they confirmed I had broken my clavicle then my dad come to pick me up from Kingston hospital it was a hour and half drive and we hit a couple speed bumps and the pain made me cry every time and I had to sleep in a certain position for a couple weeks the pain lasted 3 days my mum had to shower me for a week (I wore boxers and shorts when she showered me) she ...more

I broke my left collarbone while skateboarding. I didn't really notice the pain at first till I had gotten in the car to go to the hospital. (I was going to the ER because I hit my head hard, not because of the shoulder injury) drive to the hospital was the worst. Every little bump and turn was causing so much pain it was making me cry. My boyfriend had to drive extremely slow. Once I got to the hospital they did an x-ray and I broke and shattered some bones on my clavicle. They did surgery a couple of days later and put in a hook plate. It was one of the most painful this I have EVER experienced. I have broken other bones before too. My mom had to help my change, shower and do my hair. I could hardly sleep because I could only sleep in one position that didn't cause too much pain. But 2 months later and I'm in physical therapy and it still causing a little pain and I can't lift it about my shoulders. It sucks.

My first time snowboarding for the season was going great. But as most snowboarders know you get worse and worse as the day progresses because your muscles just get tired. It was my last run of the day and I was so tired, I'm on my why down a nice blue trail cruise and I see a jump ahead. It doesn't look like a normal jump, but I can't see very well so I assume it's fine. I'm start bombing down ready to do some sick trick and I go off and fly. Like I flew probably 20 feet. And that actually wasnt a jump, it was a steeply inclined part of the trail. Anyways I wasn't ready for it and I land right on my shoulder. The pain was so much I was out of breath. I thought I dislocated my arm and actually tried to move it to see if it could somehow pop back in. But it hurt so much. My friend tells me we need to go down the rest of the mountain still to get help. I did and found out later that night I blew up my collar bone. I couldn't sleep for the next few days. And id move my arm just so ...more

I’ve just broken my collarbone right in the middle 3 days ago. It broke during a soccer/football match when I pit the ball around the keeper then he purposely took me out as I jumped over him as he was on the ground. I landed right on my left collarbone and didn’t feel a break until I tried to move which led to a burning and then numbing sensation so I knew it was broken. I was lying on my chest with my left arm bent under me and didn’t move until the ambulance came about 30-45 minutes later. So far it’s been the worst pain I’ve experienced as I can’t do anything without feeling pain. Orthopedic said it’ll be about 10-12 weeks minimum until I’m able to play sports again. Breaking your collarbone is terrible.

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3 Neck

One of the worst feelings in my life was being told I might never be able to walk again

If you break your neck you will be in pain and suffering. I hurts a lot and you can get paralyzed for the rest of your life.

It was necking bad

4 Skull

If your skull breaks, you probably won't survive, or be the same again. By far the worst bone to break. Well, technically, more than one bone, but still. - PositronWildhawk

I cracked my head open when I was a baby because my mom dropped me (on accident)

- Ajkloth

This is the worst bone to break, should be number 1, how will you live? - AnimeDrawer

If its just a fracture and nothing hits your brain youll be fine right? - EliHbk

5 Knee

I broke my knee last week, I have got a massive cast on for 6 weeks and wont be able to do any physical activity for at least 10 weeks. Also not to mention the extreme amount of pain when it happened and the very uncomfortable drive to hospital.

Very painful. Nerves meet going up and down leg.

I broke my knee and let me tell you, NOT FUN! I can't move or bath myself, a wheelchair is needed my pain is terrible. I shattered it in 4 pieces, I tore a mucule and I can't even sleep due to the pain

I broke my patella into a few pieces and required surgery to repair it. At the time of the injury, the pain was unbearable, I was unable to move or speak, only scream out in pain. It's worth mentioning my kneecap was also severely dislocated. After surgery, I had to be very careful to keep up with my pain meds fro the first few weeks, as if they wore off in the night I would wake up screaming in pain. My leg was immobilised in a straight upper thing to ankle brace for 2 months. I'm now 2.5 months in, and I am doing exercises to try to get my leg to bend. I have very little movement and they exercises are excruciating, and impossible at times. the swelling is still very bad.

My surgeon says another 8 weeks before I'm back at work. (In a physical job). That's a total of 4 months off work. Another 6 months at least before I can do any sport other than swim.

From what I've heard, everyones experience with a broken knee is different. Some very painful and requiring surgery ...more

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6 Femur

Unlike the skull,neck, or spine, if you break your femur u will most likely live and have to go through all the pian. Collarbone will be up there because it is the most common bone to break but not the worst. I have broken 5 bones in my life. Wrist, Metacarpal, hip,knee, and femur. Nothing come close to femur. If you have only broken your knee I can see where you are coming from. I thought nothing could be worse. I was vary, vary wrong. Femur is the longest and hardest bone to brake, so when you do brake it, you know. I broke my femur playing baseball sliding into 2nd base when my cleats stuck to the ground and the base didn't move. I thought they were going to amputate my leg it hurt so bad.

Femur should be #4 at least. To be honest, if you break your skull, neck, of spine, there is a high chance of death or paralysis, so you won't feel that pain very long.

I've broken my femur 7 times, and it hurts. Hurts like hell, I've even had doctors say that they're surprised that I wasn't in more pain when coming in emergency since they rate it in top 5 worst bones to break

It hurts worst then child birth this should be number one cause you will live trough the pain

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7 Tailbone (butt)

I broke my tailbone in 2013 and I had to wear a back-brace for about 2 months, I couldn't participate in any physical activities and it gave me back and neck pain for years.

I only slightly bruised it and it felt like I broke it... I can't even imagine actually breaking it

I broke my tailbone after slipping on the stairs. It hurt so bad I couldn't even walk, sit or lay down. It's been 5 years since that happen and it still affects me.

I broke my tailbone was I was eight I fell off a small cliff and broke my arm and shoulder but also my tailbone it hurt way more then my arm did

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8 Sternum

If you were to break your sternum, your done. Part of it will puncture the lungs, another part may hit the heart, and even the liver can get hit with the sharp broken parts. - SteelCity99

I've broken my sternum and even though it was a clean small break breathing was a extremely painful thing to do

When I broke it I was in hospital for 3 months

I broke my sternum in a car crash recently. It is extremely painful to breath; to stand up from a sitting position and to bend over. Vicodin and ice packs help a lot.

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9 Leg

I currently have a Tibial plateau fracture requiring a plate and screws to reconstruct. The pain I had after surgery when the anesthesia wore off was the most intense pain I've ever felt in my life. Even the femural nerve block did nothing to soothe the pain. I've had multiple broken wrists and arms before. This was my first fracture requiring surgery. This morning, I made the mistake of missing a dose of my pain meds and I had to relive the pain, almost to the level immediately following surgery. Thanks to modern medicine for relatively fast acting pain killers!

I am currently suffering from a tibial plateau fracture. This is the first time in my life I am breaking a bone. The OS fixed a plate with 5 screws to stabilize the fracture. Now I am on non-weight bearing for 12 weeks. I was really uncomfortable after the surgery. It took almost a month for my pain to subdue.

Open Fracture on Tibia and Fibula.. Worst pain of my life.

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10 Foot

I just broke both of my feet. I have a twist compound fracture on my 5th metatarsal bone on one foot, the other is completely shattered.thinking I was on the last stair while still being 4 stairs up in the middle of the night. We have hardwood floors ands my feet buckled under me and I screamed so loud! I have a high pain tolerance, I break a toe at least once a week, always slamming my finger in doors, etc. I also had one of my children completely natural and the day this happened was the worst pain in my life!

I broke my 2nd, 3rd, and 4th metatarsal bones while jumping off the side of a bridge, it was about 5 ft, and my sister had just done it before me and she was fine. As soon as I hit the ground I heard a loud crack and I was rolling on the ground in pain. I felt like throwing up and passing out. The worst pain was the first day and first night, and let me just say, I've had kidney stones before due to past problems and the pain level was the exact same with a broken foot. And to top it all off it's at the start of summer break. Oh and one more thing, Tylenol #3 is your best friend when it comes to a broken bone. I was able to sleep a straight 3 hours after I took one.

Broke my first 3 metatarsal bones I my right foot, dropped a few thousand pounds of quartz counter-tops in it

It is EXTEREMLY painful! And to the person who broke their GROWTH PLATE I'm so sorry, it sounds so bad and I hope your wrist recovers as well

and to everyone else, OW! I only fractured it and was in the most pain... EVER lol

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The Newcomers

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The Contenders

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12 Ankle

I broke my ankle on a large jumping castle, I jumped of a ledge around 5-6 meters high and landed on an inflated target, however when I landed I heard a loud snap. I broke one of my growing plates as well as dislocated it. It sucks because you can't walk and it hurts like absolute hell! I had a large metal wire sticking out of my foot, so it could move that growing plate back into place.

Never have a felt such a sharp pain. I shattered the tibia at the ankle, broke the fibula, and split the two of them apart the ankle joint. Had a plate, 11 screws, and two Syndesmosis TightRopes put in my ankle. Was non-weight bearing for 3 months. Still often have moderate pain and occasional sharp pains in the ankle region.

God damn I broke my ankle playing soccer. Some dirty player came at me nasty. Worst pain every! But maybe cause I broke both my fibula and tibia. I had to get surgery, so now I got a plate and some screws in my foot. Breaking bones hurt in general but I think the ankle bones hurt so much

I snapped my ankle clear in half and that was around 4 months ago. I can not do any physical activity for at thw minimum 6 months. I can walk a little but I still have barely any movement in my goot right now. It hurts extremely bad.

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13 Arm

Proximal humerus fractures are extremely painful with level 7 and level 8 pain being almost constant for the first several days at least. Nights are very excruciating for a long period of time too as there is no way to sleep without the fracture being extremely irritated. Two to three hours of sleep is the norm. Recovery seems to be "by the inch". Pain starts out the first week like excruciating sharp knife like stabbing bone pain that hits intensely every time one makes any kind of a re positioning move - one does not even want to try to move when you are experiencing any less pain even momentarily. The pain evolves into more throbbing/aching type pain that is still around level 6 by the third to fourth week. It is like enduring a "pain marathon" healing the bone - then therapy starts! Written four weeks after initial injury.

Breaking the top of your humorous is higher than 8...this is a very painful bone and I would rather be on crutches than only have one arm. It also hurts the use of your arm for the long run.

It takes really long to heal and you feel like you've only got one arm even though you technically have both. The worst part is getting back the full range of motion in the elbow especially if the fracture is there or especially close to it. I couldn't even get a cast because I had to start (excruciating) physio the day right after my op that inserted metal plates and screws inside me.

I was playing touch football with my friends once and ran into one of my teammates and fell. I jammed my arm. The pain was terrible and continued on for one to two weeks. I can't imagine the pain you would feel when you break your arm.

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14 Wrist

I've broken and ankle, nose, and fingers but the most painful bone to go has been my radial. I had a colles fracture in my right wrist and had to spend 3 nights in hospital and have to operations. I was off work for six weeks. I can no make a first, struggle to write and hold anything. This has definitely been the worst break.

I broke mine today and I had my operation the day after as it was a sever break I needed to stay at hospital for a week and I couldn't walk

Yesterday I was riding my bike and I flew off at a gravelly spot I fractured my wrist and it HELLA painful

I broke my right scaphoid (carpal wrist bone) about 8 months ago and it still hasn't fully recovered. It wasn't very painful to break at first, but within hours it completely seized up my wrist, and was very painful. It required surgery as I needed a screw in my bone.
I had a cast or a splint on for over four straight months, and even after getting the cast off, it is still painful to move, grip, and extend.
The scaphoid is a particularly bad bone to break because it takes so long to recover.

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15 Ribs

There's no way to really keep them immobile. You have to breathe, after all. Other bones can be given casts, but wrapping ribs leads to infections. There's also puncturing a lung, which I think speaks for itself.

Broke rib #9 which punctured my lung and had to have a chest tube, most painful thing I have ever experienced

I fractureded 3 ribs and it is the worse lingering pain I've ever dealt with. If you cough, sneeze, take deep breaths or move wrong your going to be in intense pain. No relief for fractured ribs but waiting in pain for 6 weeks for them to heal. I'm starting week three and don't feel any better. Avoid breaking your ribs. It stinks!

I've broke my collar bone, bother wrists at the same time, my clavicle, shattered my left forearm, but I just broke a rib and it is worse than any other fracture I've had... I have a hard time breathing, talking, standing, walking, going to the bathroom... The meds they gave me dehydrated me and I got a tickle in my throat. I coughed so hard it actually refractured the broken rib... Ribs are by far the worst broken bone...

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16 Jaw

Not the pain but the recovery is a joke 6 weeks of bull crap liquids. Not to mention having to wait to open your mouth properly and usually you have broken teeth

This should be number one!

Hell! I'm going through it now and it's hell!

Imagine not being able to move your mouth properly

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17 Humerus

The pain didn't go away for 4 weeks and it took 10months to fully heal and another 3 months gaining back the muscle and range of motion for football again

I've had a broken arm, collarbone and a humerus fracture and dislocation, but the humerus hurt the most. Even more than the collarbone!

I was 11 when I broke my humorous playing tackle football. It hurt pretty bad. Not only that but I had radial nerve palsy in my wrist because some how when the bone broke it cut that nerve. It took me about 7 months to fully recover. It was a lot to ho through because I missed out on a lot of things amd has to do theropy for a year. But now everything's back to normal and I'm happy to be out playing ports again

So annoying

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18 Heel

I broke my heel three weeks ago and the pain is horrendous. I've broken wrist, which had to be wired, as well as fingers and toes in past and none of that compares to this. I've been told it could take three to four months to start walking properly.

Chuffing painful! I've broken my nose, ankle, wrist and ribs. The combined pain of these comes nowhere near a shattered calcaneus!

No weight bearing for 18-20 weeks after operation - longer than any other bone in foot or leg.

From all these stories, I'd vote for this one!

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19 Pelvis

Shattered mine in 5 different places. They do not put metal pis and plates in the pelvis. You must lay still and let it heal. Every tiny movement is felt. 3 months and still on a walker.

Worst frustrating bone to brake painful and you have to learn how to walk again 4 months off my legs carnt feel anything orety much paralysed

20 Tibia

It hurts

It’s is very bad to break it

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