Long time lurker, first time poster.
I managed to acquire a simple and complete fracture of the head of my radius during a football game 5 weeks ago. Landed on my elbow, and broke my radius straight through. I've seen an orthopedic surgeon twice; I had x-rays taken 3 weeks ago and also today. He said I need to wait another 3 weeks before I start lifting again, and even at that point, he says, I need to "start light".
I have no intention of not heeding his advice. However, I am interested to hear if any other T-Nation readers have had an injury like this, and how they recovered. I'm not planning on lifting heavy if I have any pain, but to go from deadlifting and cleaning a fair amount of weight to nothing, I am a bit loss on where to start.
It almost seems arbitrary to say "you can't lift on day X, but you can lift 3 days later". A break like this obviously interferes with pretty much every major upper body exercise, plus deadlifts and rows.
I've been doing body weight squats times what seems like 1,000, and I think I'll be well enough to squat. Has anyone else had this injury, and if so, towards the end of its healing, what did you do to get yourself back into the gym? Did you ease yourself back into heavy lifts, or did you go balls out after a full 8 week recovery period?
Appreciate any help that can be given. Cheers!