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Re-Entering the photography world after major injury.
Nic Coury, Photographer
Monterey | CA | | Posted: 9:30 PM on 08.06.15
->> hey folks,

A few of you I'm friends with on Facebook have seen this, but

I'm about 4 days out of surgery from having 5 screws put into my upper femur at the hip from a road bike crash that caused a fracture. I'll be out for a month or so, but doing well with a great support system. I'll have a few nice scars and some great road rash and a cracked helmet that probably saved my life.

Obviously I'm going to take it slow whenever I return to work and no more chasing down spot news photos yet, but for anyone with similar injuries they've recovered from, what exercises helped or PT-type stuff?

Thanks in advance.
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John OHara, Photographer
Petaluma | Ca | United States | Posted: 12:45 AM on 08.07.15
->> Nic,
My experience with broken bones is considerable, Last time I broke my shoulder and my pelvis at the same time. I would like to say it was death defying event at the Chronicle. But it was my horse in the round pen in my pasture and it was my fault. Anyhow
Exercise everything you can, all your other parts as soon as possible. Yes, it is going to hurt. Better hurt now than later. I went to the gyn on one crutch and my arm in a big velcro sling. Exercise every thing. In total I have broken bones 11 times that I can remember and today nothing hurts and I'm 71 , I still go to the gym 5 days a week.
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 7:26 PM on 08.07.15
->> Nic, stop riding bikes. They are inherently dangerous. And also, do WHATEVER your physical therapist SAYS. UNless it's to go for a bike ride. Get well my friend.
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Davis Barber, Photographer, Photo Editor
Fullerton | CA | USA | Posted: 12:48 AM on 08.08.15
->> Nic -

From my broken bones and ruptured innards the past few years I can share some wisdom: pain is your friend. If something hurts, stop doing it. If it doesn’t, push a little harder but slowly. Do what the doctors tell you to do. Don’t use a handicapped placard for close parking. Walk as much as possible. Don’t overeat.

Instead of considering what you cant do, focus on what you can do. Riding your bike will be one of them.
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Kevin Krows, Photographer
Forsyth | IL | USA | Posted: 10:14 AM on 08.08.15
->> Very best to you Nic for a speedy recovery!
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Larry Aronat, Photographer
Bakersfield | CA | USA | Posted: 4:14 PM on 08.08.15
->> Nic,
I didn't break any bones but I did have spinal surgery over 4 months ago. I was bedridden for 11 days in the hospital and another 8 days in a physical therapy facility learning how to walk again. I had to wear a klunky neck brace that essentially immobilized me for 3 months as well. One thing my doctors stressed was getting up and moving as soon as possible. So they had me walking the hospital halls with a walker 3 days after surgery. While I was at physical therapy I worked my upper body with light weights and even more walking. I did exercises concentrating on core strength and leg strength with emphasis on balance. I would say my point is to be as active as much as possible at this point in your rehabilitation. And don't be discouraged if progress seems slow. Progress is progress! I agree with Davis, walk the extra yard if you can and watch the diet. While not yet 100%, I am lighter, have recovered enough to walk without assistance, and I am now back on my road and mountain bikes! I am also looking forward to dusting off my gear for the upcoming football season. However, I don't think I'll be carrying multiple bodies around my neck at first. My doctors said I will be able to carry a full load again next fall. So I'll have to adjust my way of shooting for awhile. Good luck on your rehab!
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Patrick Fallon, Photographer, Assistant
Torrance | California | USA | Posted: 6:01 PM on 08.08.15
->> Chuck fyi - he was on a bicycle - not a motorbike. Glad you're recovering Nic!
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Nic Coury, Photographer
Monterey | CA | | Posted: 6:29 PM on 08.08.15
->> Thanks everyone. I appreciate it.

I'm getting stronger everyday and feeling better. Just tired of being cooped up and quite a bit sore.
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