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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 40 years experience
No: Recovery from brain injury is usually maximal at 1 to 2 years. Further recovery after that is unlikely, though there may be some benefit in continuing with cognitive therapy if it is helpful.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 40 years experience
Thoracic or trauma : You may have a malunion or nonunion of the rib fracture. These can be painful and annoying. A CT scan can detect the problem. If severe enough, can be treated with rib plating.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 40 years experience
Arthritis: That many bony injuries, you are lucky to be alive. Any fracture associated with joints may become arthritic prematurely over time. Chronic pain is another potential issue. Give up the bike and stay alive.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 40 years experience
Carpal tunnel: The constant vibrations from the MC engine transmitted to the grips may cause carpal-tunnel type symptoms, which you are describing. Neurosurgeon or hand surgeon can figure it out.
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 40 years experience
Go see MD: You may have had a significant abdominal injury-common with MC crashes. CT may be useful, but get checked out.
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 40 years experience
Keep it clean: wash it regularly w soap & water. Can also use antibiotic ointment sparingly.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 40 years experience
Unlikely: These things are seen regularly as incidental findings when we scan trauma patients, Cysts in the vertebra are usually small and unlikely to be a source of pain. Back is quite likely from the crash itself.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 40 years experience
Not if deep: Scarring is part of healing if the injury went below the dermal layer. You can make it less prominent by avoiding sun exposure, which will darken healing skin. Watch for infection, which will make a scar worse.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 40 years experience
Scarring: will occur if the laceration cut through the dermis-the deep layer of skin. You can't stop scarring, it is a part of the process of healing. Do watch for infection, which can make any scar worse and take longer to heal.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 40 years experience
No: How much of a chance are you willing to take with your pregnancy? The bumpy road won't help. If you get injured, though, there is real risk of losing the pregnancy. Riding an MC is fundamentally riskier than driving a car. Why not increase the odds of a successful pregnancy?
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