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Old 01-19-2006, 11:40 AM   #1
David Birozy
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Note to self. Don't try and stop an elbow with your nose.

I was working with somebody who was basically practicing moving into a Kimura when I got nailed with their elbow. Once the throbbing stopped I played around with it and found it was obviously broken (the tip is all rubbery like it's not connected any more - kind of fun to gross out your friends). A quick trip to Urgent Care and an X-ray confirmed the cartilage has been snapped off.

The ER P.A. said not to worry about it and that it would heal on its own even though it's not connected.

I forgot to ask the time frame. Anybody know if cartilage heals at the same rate as bone (approx 6 weeks), or if it has a different rate?
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Old 01-19-2006, 02:09 PM   #2
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I am no specialist but I think cartilage takes longer to heal than bone, due to poor blood supply.
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Old 01-19-2006, 02:53 PM   #3
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Joy, I did that once I could touch my eyebrow with the tip of my nose. BTW I had a big enough nose already, and this didn't help. I don't recall how long it took to heal. Sorry...
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Old 01-19-2006, 03:17 PM   #4
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I agree with the PA.

I have broken my nose at least 4 times(xray confirmed), with at least a few more unofficially, all playing rugby. As long as you can breathe I wouldn't worry about it.

I had my horribly deviated septum repaired(septoplasty with turbinate reduction) after the first fracture. It was incredible to be able to breathe out of my nose for the first time. That lasted about a year before I took another shot. Closed reduction for that one. Last fracture was last summer playing sevens, caught a knee from one of my teammates. Come to think of it, the first one was from a teammate as well... Hmmmm.

As soon as I am no longer able to play anymore, I'm gonna have the nose put as close to original specs as possible.
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Old 01-19-2006, 04:36 PM   #5
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It will be tender for 4 to 6 weeks, depending on how bad you smashed it. You wouldn't want to get it hit again during this period, or it might end up in your ear, and the pain will be, well, blinding. So I'd suggest no contact sports for that period.

Myself: 4 times: 2 soccer, 1 martial arts, 1 water polo. Student Health fixed it the first time (which was the worst). I went back to the house with my face all taped up and told people I cut myself shaving. They refused to fix it again after the 2nd time (I didn't even ask the 3rd and 4th). The fact that my nose is even remotely near the center of my face now is a testament to the combined effects of the Central Limit Theorem and the Law of Large Numbers.
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Old 01-19-2006, 09:10 PM   #6
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"As soon as I am no longer able to play anymore, I'm gonna have the nose put as close to original specs as possible."

That made me laugh out loud, kind of like driving a beater car in the winter-time!
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