Well, I was hoping they were not broken, but this is much better than a torn muscle...
Boring background: Over the holiday weekend I was water skiing, having a blast... first time on one ski in quite a while... then, while pulling pretty hard to the left, the tow eye pulled out of the boat... I hit on my left side pretty hard, did not roll at all, just dug in. All the energy was absorbed by my rib cage. The initial X-Ray showed no breaks or cracks, but it hurt really bad, so much that I could hardly breath. (Today I am still not sleeping in bed, have to use a recliner, but it is getting better.)
I finally convinced my Doc to take another X-Ray (next she was going to take an MRI). This time when the tech was about to click the picture, I inhailed deep and flexed my back, I was hoping that the "clunk" I felt in my back when I do that was the rib moving out of place... Well, yeah, it worked. I have two broken ribs that showed up really nice on today's pics.
So, as far as exercising, for the last week I have been doing some elliptical bike, a couple times some leg extensions, and twice now I have done bench presses with my cable machine. (BPs Only at certain angles and with high reps, low weight.) Have also done a kind of shrug/lift with light dumbells. Sunday I did some isolation on arms too, but had to be careful how I got the dumbells into position.
Anyway, have not talked to the doc yet since the X-Rays, so he may say don't do anything, but I am thinking it will be OK to do what does not hurt much. (It all hurts a little, but so far when I have worked out I haven't done anything that caused the "clunk".)
What worrys me is that I have not yet healed enough to keep the rib from displacing when I flex (that tech said it was very clearly broken on the picture). Does that mean I am still at "day one" as far as healing the bone?
The other question is, if an exercise hurts at all, does that mean I am keeping myself from healing? The good side of this is the tendonitis is just about gone! Maybe I should have taken a couple weeks off a long time ago!
Any suggestions for exercises? Thanks for any responses!