Worst Bones to Break

Ajkloth

The Top Ten

1 Spine

I broke both heels. The first I broke a number of years ago (when I was about 20). I limped for 3 years; after being able to walk properly I suffered stiffness every morning, along with limited range of motion due to the joint damage. A year and a half ago (when I was in my sixties), I broke my other heel after falling from the roof and landing on a brick. I had surgery and 9 screws were placed in my heel to repair the bone. I struggle to walk without a limp, need pain meds, and have very limited range of motion. I am aggressively trying to break down the fibrous scar tissue causing the severe pain and limited range of motion, but have had little success. My goal is to walk without a limp after 2 years, but I fear it will more likely be 3. The heel is a terrible bone to break. However, I feel for others who have had spinal and head injuries that have resulted in far worse pain and suffering than I have experienced.

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.

Just because you break your spine doesn't mean you will be paralyzed for life. I fractured my c1 and c5 vertabrae and I'm in a collar right now. I can still walk, maintained all ability to use bodily functions, but may need to get my neck fused so I can't turn my head left or right. I am EXTREMELY 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

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 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.

I fractured my collarbone in two places on a motorbike crash. The pain was extreme. What made it worse though was that while waiting for the scan on the x-ray table, the doctor continuously tried to relocate my shoulder, pulling with all his weight... ended up creating a lever and pushing the broken bone deeper and deeper inside. I've broken a few bones and have never really complained much about the pain (I have a high pain threshold), but that experience doesn't compare.. Had to wait for a week to be able to undergo surgery (doctors spent an hour trying to pull the bone out and put it back in place). Never really went back to normal.

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3 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

Its horrible you would probably die or be in serious pain

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4 Neck

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.

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

It was necking bad

You can die

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5 Tailbone (butt)

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

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 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 got kneed in the tailbone I couldn't sit properly for 3 months it was the worst in the car if there was a tiny bump it would be the worst pain ever

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6 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.

I was slide tackled in soccer, cracked my tibia in 2 different places. The bone was indented and poking at my back calf. Later I was set in a cast instead of surgery and misaligned my tibia to my femur, so of course surgery was next. Here I am now with 2 rods and 8 screws

I currently have a tib-fib fracture, I double fractured my fibula completely in half and than I had 2 different fractures on my tibia. I did not go into shock and it was the worst pain of my life, I was playing in a lacrosse tournament and I was playing defense, when I was running back someone stuck there stick in between my legs and I fell and landed off it terribly, I am currently on the blink of having surgery if my leg doesn't properly heal, which is a high possibility. I remember when I was sitting there waiting to get it set and I got put on Fentanyl, and it wore off ever 30 mins ish and after it got work off it legit made me cry, begin honest and I never cry, I have a huge pain tolerance but the pain is getting way better after 3 weeks but it is such a pain too sleep, I have roll over it so many times, and every time it hurts so much.

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7 Foot

I have a "Jones" fracture and it is killing me. I am on week 6 in a cast. Just had surgery to put a 4 inch screw into my 5th metatarsal and now I have 8 more weeks in a cast with another 4 in a boot. There might be more painful bones to break, but nothing is more annoying as 3-5 months on crutches because of a hairline fracture in your little pinky toe.

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.

I have a "Jones" break also...it doesn't hurt when I walk on it and stuff it just gets sore after walking on it lol this is my third time breaking it, and evryone at school thinks I'm faking it

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8 Patella

I shattered my patella into multiple peaces as well as my femur during a head-on car crash. At the time of the break, all I could feel was the intense pain from my knee, I had no idea I had even broken my femur. It wasn't until surgery to fix my knee that it was discovered that my femur was broken as well.

Further to this, once the femur has been fixed from surgery there is only minimal pain from recover compared to the recovery for my patella.

You do not often experience permanent damage from a femur break where as you may never fully recover from a broken patella (personal experience). I now walk with a permanent limp and am unable to bend my knee past 90 degrees.

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

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.

Patella fracture is horrible. For a small bone it has a huge function. Recovery is on the order of years and depending on the severity you will likely always have some degree of disability with pain and loss of function

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9 Femur

Like most here, I have had my share of injuries over the course of the last 32 years... For bone pain, I would easily say the femur is probably one of the worst pains imaginable. There were days where I would have seriously considered removing the entire leg all together. Due to a birth defect, I needed to have my femurs cut off and reattached with a plate (to be removed no sooner than 12 months post op). I have had to do this twice now in the last 10 year, and I honestly can't tell you a pain worse than the femur. The good news is I only have 2 legs so now that's out of the way... Ribs are definitely a close second, if they didn't heal quickly (compared to femur) this would be number 1 in my book. Because ribs constantly have to move the pain can seem unforgiving and relentless; god forbid you sneeze, laugh, cough or BREATHE! The femur takes months to heal... and even then there is still this dull ache all the time. Not a bone, but the ACL has got to be a close second. When I was ...more

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.

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

Even though I haven’t ever broke my thy it is by far the worst bone to break especially open fracture it probably is a horrible for the people to break their hip or thy and I think that breaking the skull is the second worst and the spine is the third worst

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10 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.

yep

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The Contenders

11 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

Hurts

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12 Ribs

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

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.

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!

For sure ribs is way more painful than arm or wrist. Like I get it if you full on shatter your arm in like 5 different places but a simple break or crack in the arm is no where near as painful as a rib. Even the slightest damage to a rip can cause immence pain as every token you breath, move your body or your arm or your shoulder or your head - it hurts. Even when you go to lye down to rest, the pressure of your body when you lye down hurts even more so there isn’t really a good way to get a break (pardon the pun). The pain also extends down your limbs (often to your shoulder, upper arm, elbow and neck) which then feel have a constant ache as if they had a slight break in then too. Whereas and simple break in arm or wrist or leg - depending on the extremity of the break - you can usually find a comfortable position to rest in and take some meds and you’ll be right. People also sympathise as you have crutches and a cast but as with a rib you just gotta let it do its thing, people ...more

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13 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

Sadly I got into a deadly car accident last week, and my ankle was broken, but thankgod I got out of it alive, the pain was not that bad I'm sure there are worst bone fractures than the ankle fracture, doctor said I’m not gonna be able to walk until 6 weeks have passed, but I guess it couldn’t be that bad, at least I’m alive from that deadly car crash that’s the most important thing..

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14 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.

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

Way worse than tailbone

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15 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.

Four months since shattering. Plate and twelve screw's. Learning to walk again is a challenge. Pain was unbelievable! Surgeon said one of the WORST bones that one can break!

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

The heel is the worst to break. It should be #1

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16 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

I'm in week 3 and the xray still shows the same, no sign of new bone and the pain just gets worse. I feel an incredible pain I would say 9/10. Uncomfortable to sleep and doing therapy hurts so bad.

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17 Jaw

Mine was an open break. It is very painful and bloody because the head bleeds a lot, but it's the recovery that makes it the worst. Metal plates surgically added. Mouth wired shut for months...imagine all that can happen and it does. Hurts when you shiver, hurts when you hiccup, hurts when you need to yawn, etc.

Plus your stomach wants actual food, but is only getting liquids, so throwing up is a very real possibility...and a painful one as well.

You can't talk, eat, or sometimes breath properly. Wasnt allowed to do anything until I got the wires out because of the possibility of choking or not being able to breath. They make you carry around wire cutters.

I also ripped a nerve so I have limited feeling to one side of my mouth, but trust me I still feel a hell of a lot when I move my jaw a certain way and its been years.

Should be way higher up! I have had broken wrist, ribs, ankle, foot, and by far this is the worst. I am in day 6 and still in pain. Not to mention my mouth getting completely wired shut... this is by far #1 for me!

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

My mom broke her jaw when she was a teen. - TeamRocket747

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18 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.

While they may not have done so in your case, they most definitely do put screws and plates in pelvis fractures. I have the X-rays to prove it.

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

19 Toe

I was playing soccer and I was about to shoot and someone put the under of his boots in front of the ball so instead of the ball I hit the studs with my first 2 toes (this all happened in about half a second)the pain is excruciating and it doesn't stop it's continuous for about 3 weeks.

Toe, last week I broke my toe and the bone was sticking out of my toe. It was one of the worst pains I have ever felt.

I was on track and I stumbled on a hurdle and lost balance then fell on of my toe and they were broken

IF U BREAK IT IT WONT TASTE AS GOOD (;

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20 Hip

I had a hairline fracture in my hip when I was 11 years old it happened while I was doing the monkey bars.Belive it or not I was doing them not on top of the not sitting on them and I had to go to the hospital and be transported to another it hurt like hell and I couldn’t do anything for almost 8 weeks I was on crutches and almost needed emergency sugery

Hurts like a bitch!

21 Tibia

I broke my tibia and fibula together but if you barely move it hurts a lot I'm 12 and in football when it happen I'm in a boot know but it's so bad

It hurts

It hurts

So much pain constantly having to readjust the boot. One week into tibia tibia,and fifth metatarsal break seeing if they will heal without surgery. Don’t know how I’m gonna last twelve weeks.

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22 Finger

Chipped the tip of my finger from a baseball hitting in head on after being hit. Almost passed out from the pain and it raised the nail off

Pain is not that bad. It's the fact that you can't do anything with the broken hand for about a month that's annoying

I dislocated my finger I'm not sure if its part of being broken but its painful too It was very shocking to see my finger bent backward!

Sliding into baseball bag, out for a month litarlly sucks

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23 Nose

Completely obliterated my nose off my own knee on trampoline trying to do a double frontflip, most amount of blood I've seen in my life. 7/10 pain scale compared to everything I've felt, (tailbone is one of em, if you've broken your ass you know what I'm talking about)

Broke my nose, had to get surgery, it was so bad.

It hursts a lot

Got hit in the face with a surfboard while underwater after riding a wave. broke the tip of my nose and hurt really really bad. There are so many nerves in your face.

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24 Elbow

Elbows along with knees take very long to heal because not being able to move the joint in a cast for a while allows tissue to build up making it very hard to move the joint which also will cause lots of pain after the cast. Your arm will not be able to straighten for months after the cast. Most other bones stay in a cast for a few weeks and then there done, this is not the case for elbows.

It was more painful then dislocating my collarbone by a mile. Took 5 doctors to put it back in place.

I broke my elbow once
I had to get 2 surgeries
And afterwards it does hurt for a while after the cast it still even gets stiff and cracks but it doesn’t hurt

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26 Thumb

I just broke my right thumb yesterday and I write with that hand so school will be fun tomorrow!

I couldn't write.

Broke my scaphoid worst time of my life

Very painful. Crushed it in the tailgate of my truck.

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27 Radius

Broke mine in nine places didn't hurt that bad. But it was -2 degrees and I was snowboarding, so my adrenaline probably helped me out with the pain.

I fractured my radius bone on my arm and it makes your fingers numb.

I just broke my radius. The cast will be on for at least 8 weeks

Radius is part of your wrist hurts so bad

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28 Fibula

I broke my fibula and tibia (shin and calf bones) while riding a bike the bones spit right in half twisting out of place. every movement hurt it felt like jello. I had to wait 3 day in a splint to get it set and casted. Every bump on the road hurt. When I got it set I nearly passed out the doctor said it was one of the top 3 pains known to humans along with going into labor and passing kidney stones. After that it still hurt badly for a day. These bones are vital for walking. I got a full cast off yesterday but the pain continued, every little movement my knee made killed me my leg was so stiff from being in a full cast. I was lucky and got a boot because I healed quickly I could have been in a half cast of r4 weeks then a boot for another, then maybe therapy for 4 weeks. luckily I am getting out in the boot. The bone is still broken but healing well. The pain in the knee will last a few more days

I broke my fibula...a 2 monts ago and,2 moths ago doctors thought I had Tore my (anterior tibial fibula ligament) and the only way to fix that was to strengthen my muscle around it so I was jumping and moving my leg around. I did an mri a month ago due to extreme pains still felt and the results said I had at least a grade 1 growth plate injury and bone bruising to the talus and fibula... a month later which brings me to today I went to emerge at sick kids (cause I’m 12) and I took an x-ray and they said “oh ya you broke your fibula” we’re gonna put you in a cast and well call you soon for your next check up... if your wondering what it feels like to break it it feels like someone just punched you so so so hard then you got a hornet sting where you just got punched and on top of that you feel like you just burned yourself

29 Scapula

I have had a broken scapula for 8 months, and have only just now gotten it diagnosed. This break is extremely rare, which is why I imagine it is the lowest on the list. It requires a HUGE amount of force to break a scapula, and normally when one has a broken scapula they also have broken ribs and other severe trauma to the body. I have absolutely no idea how I broke mine, but the pain has been a constant part of my life and has affected me greatly. I am lucky to have a non-displaced break, as a displaces break is extremely painful, but even with mine being non-displaced, it is painful and limits my life activities.

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