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Old 07-11-2015, 01:06 PM
 
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i fall in my kitchen 5weeks back,had surgery in distal radius fracture,,,plate and screws,,,,,,,,,,,,,i remove the split,going thearpy twice a week since three weeks,but i had a swelling in palm and wrist
stiffness in both places give me good advice please any one..............................
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Old 07-14-2015, 02:59 AM
 
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i had surgery plate and screws June 27. 2015 15 days later (today) the doctor removed the soft cast with splint. my fingers are swollen and now the top of my hand.She said the wrist looked good however the stiff fingers a concern. she immediately began bending them it hurt like, well you know. She told me to do it every hour. bend. them back and forward. She gave me a wrist brace and said only wear it when I .go out My concern is why I didn't get another cast or some sort of support for my wrist in the house. Has anyone had that experience after 15 days cast off and nothing for support for the rest of the healing process.
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Old 10-13-2015, 10:16 PM
 
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I broke my left wrist in August of 2015 while hiking. Distal Radius like so many others. I was in a cast for 6 weeks. During the first week, the "funny bone" nerve in my elbow hurt worse than the break, so I knew I had done nerve damage. During the entire 6 weeks with the cast, all of my fingers and palm tingled and were very sensitive to heat and cold. About 2 weeks after the cast was removed, the tingling went away. It's been 10 weeks now. No surgery and no correction of the bone was made. The doctor initially said the bone was pretty well positioned. However, he missed that it was angulated almost 20 degrees until 6 weeks later when I got my cast off. I play guitar, so getting most of the movement of my wrist back is important. It took a week to get in to see a surgeon, and he told me that surgery was an option, but that the odds of the surgery improving things is getting close to a toss-up right now, because it has been so long since the initial break. And the longer I wait, the harder it might be to fix. He could give me absolutely no guarantees about whether surgery would improve my range of motion. In fact, he could give me no guarantees of anything. He said he was going to get a second opinion from another trauma surgeon, but left me feeling like there was little point to undergoing surgery to fix the angulation. He thought my odds of getting back most of my motion were about the same if I had surgery compared to if I didn't. So I am not yet certain what I am going to do.

As for swelling, I had pretty constant swelling in a cast for 6 weeks, and have had it off for 4 extra weeks now. When the cast was removed, I had little movement of my wrist or fingers. Now, at 10 weeks, I am making slow gains, but I still have noticeable swelling all around my wrist and up into my pinky and ring knuckles. But the swelling has gone down and I do have more dexterity. I can now easily touch my thumb to the tips of all of my fingers. I can't quite yet make a solid fist though. Playing guitar has been difficult to say the least. Low chords which require the most twisting of my wrist are painfully difficult and I can't yet manage many of them. But I try every day. If there is one thing I have learned, it is the importance of working hard to get the dexterity back. But my main concern right now is whether the angulation of my radius is going to permanently prevent my wrist from twisting enough to be able to play guitar. I will have to adjust no matter what, but never realized it would be this difficult.

When the cast was removed, I couldn't type at all. About 2 weeks ago (8 weeks after the break) I was finally able to start typing properly again (instead of pecking). That has continued to improve. For those who want some good exercises to perform after your cast is removed, refer to Google and search for "nhs wrist fracture advice following removal of your cast". Use the first link (a PDF) containing good illustrations of the exercises.

I have not gone to physical therapy yet, but instead use these exercises. It hurts to do them, but it's supposed to hurt. Everything I have read says pain to the point of tears is bad. But pain and some aching afterward is normal. It's normal for me.

If I remember to, I will post a follow up in a few months time. Reading other people's experiences has been a real help to me. Most doctors don't seem to know about the pain and struggles that happen after the cast is off and they are no longer really seen. So opinions from good people like yourselves really does help those of us who have endured, and are continuing to endure the effects of a broken wrist.
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Old 12-21-2015, 12:18 AM
 
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help
i am three weeks after an operation for a fractured radius and ulna in my right /dominant hand
plate and screws
i have swelling and severe stiffness
they want me to do painful occupational therapy to bend the wrist/hand/fingers but what i'd like to know is
is the pain worth it?
if i don't keep trying to make my wrist bend backwards, which is painful and seems not to help , will my wrist eventually regain flexibility anyway?
Hi, I have also broke my radius and all not and I am three weeks from my surgery. It is still very painful I have minimal movement in my wrist and fingers are completely stiff. I have begun's therapy but it's slow moving due to my swelling. Any tips on therapy, reducing swelling and total healing time.
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Old 03-13-2016, 04:39 AM
 
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Smile Severe swelling in hand and fingers after splint removal

I haven't had a wrist fracture, but severed a tendon in my wrist six weeks ago. Am out of splint during the day. My wrist seems ok (altho I must not extend it fully yet or I may rupture the tendon), but my uninjured hand and fingers are really swollen and very stiff and painful, particularly in the morning when I get up. I can hardly move them let alone make a fist. if I don't exercise, massage, heat and ice them for what seems like all the time, everything seizes up. I've been out of splint for about 9 days now and no sign of any improvement, in fact it seems worse, in the mornings at any rate. I'm supposed to be flexing and extending the wrist regularly but the swelling on back of my hand is preventing any progress with that. Nerve endings to my fingertips are also not back to normal, because of the swelling. It feels like they are made of sandpaper! I'm trying to do light daily activities as physio has instructed, e.g. brush teeth, pick up light coffee cup, do up zips, write, type, dress etc, but swelling is affecting everything. I really didn't expect this! I know these posts are old, but hoping someone may read mine and let me know how they are now doing? Thanks in hopeful anticipation!
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Old 06-18-2016, 08:41 AM
 
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I fell and broke my wrist Apr. 2, 2016. Surgery Apr. 7th with plate and 3 screws. Am doing my at home therapy with exercises given by PT. My hand stays swollen and stiff. Was told to heat hand 10 min. before starting exercises. Then message with cream for 5 minutes pushing everything down the arm to reduce puffiness. Doing 6 sets of exercises plus using soft ball and hand grip. Told to do this 4 times a day. My thumb is still numb but fingers are getting feeling back. No strength in hand and I cant make a fist (far from it!) Can turn on light switch and open refrig. Was told 6 mos. to a year to get back to "normal." I'm 74 so don't expect to get total use of hand of back but if I get 75%; its better than what I have now.
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Old 07-06-2016, 12:05 AM
 
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I broke my left wrist in August of 2015 while hiking. Distal Radius like so many others. I was in a cast for 6 weeks. During the first week, the "funny bone" nerve in my elbow hurt worse than the break, so I knew I had done nerve damage. During the entire 6 weeks with the cast, all of my fingers and palm tingled and were very sensitive to heat and cold. About 2 weeks after the cast was removed, the tingling went away. It's been 10 weeks now. No surgery and no correction of the bone was made. The doctor initially said the bone was pretty well positioned. However, he missed that it was angulated almost 20 degrees until 6 weeks later when I got my cast off. I play guitar, so getting most of the movement of my wrist back is important. It took a week to get in to see a surgeon, and he told me that surgery was an option, but that the odds of the surgery improving things is getting close to a toss-up right now, because it has been so long since the initial break. And the longer I wait, the harder it might be to fix. He could give me absolutely no guarantees about whether surgery would improve my range of motion. In fact, he could give me no guarantees of anything. He said he was going to get a second opinion from another trauma surgeon, but left me feeling like there was little point to undergoing surgery to fix the angulation. He thought my odds of getting back most of my motion were about the same if I had surgery compared to if I didn't. So I am not yet certain what I am going to do.

As for swelling, I had pretty constant swelling in a cast for 6 weeks, and have had it off for 4 extra weeks now. When the cast was removed, I had little movement of my wrist or fingers. Now, at 10 weeks, I am making slow gains, but I still have noticeable swelling all around my wrist and up into my pinky and ring knuckles. But the swelling has gone down and I do have more dexterity. I can now easily touch my thumb to the tips of all of my fingers. I can't quite yet make a solid fist though. Playing guitar has been difficult to say the least. Low chords which require the most twisting of my wrist are painfully difficult and I can't yet manage many of them. But I try every day. If there is one thing I have learned, it is the importance of working hard to get the dexterity back. But my main concern right now is whether the angulation of my radius is going to permanently prevent my wrist from twisting enough to be able to play guitar. I will have to adjust no matter what, but never realized it would be this difficult.

When the cast was removed, I couldn't type at all. About 2 weeks ago (8 weeks after the break) I was finally able to start typing properly again (instead of pecking). That has continued to improve. For those who want some good exercises to perform after your cast is removed, refer to Google and search for "nhs wrist fracture advice following removal of your cast". Use the first link (a PDF) containing good illustrations of the exercises.

I have not gone to physical therapy yet, but instead use these exercises. It hurts to do them, but it's supposed to hurt. Everything I have read says pain to the point of tears is bad. But pain and some aching afterward is normal. It's normal for me.

If I remember to, I will post a follow up in a few months time. Reading other people's experiences has been a real help to me. Most doctors don't seem to know about the pain and struggles that happen after the cast is off and they are no longer really seen. So opinions from good people like yourselves really does help those of us who have endured, and are continuing to endure the effects of a broken wrist.
A follow up on my progress. It's now been 11 months since I broke my left-wrist (see above). I saw a specialist and was told that he couldn't guarantee anything if I had surgery, except the risk of having more scar tissue and possible nerve damage. So I opted not to have surgery and left my wrist heal naturally, even though one of the bones had rotated about 15 degrees. I was told I would probably have limited downward motion in my wrist, and that has been true. But it isn't terrible. Although I still don't have the strength in my wrist that I used to, it is progressively getting better and stronger. I can do almost everything I could before. I have had to alter the way I play the guitar a little bit, because my wrist won't bend as far as it used to, but I have been told I play it better now than I did before (which seems odd to me). Playing guitar still hurts my wrist, but not near as badly as it used to. It is healing, but man... it takes a long time. Occasionally I will still get some pain in my wrist - nothing huge - usually just a dull ache every now and then. Less often than I used to. I still have some stiffness in my fingers, particularly when making a fist or playing the guitar for too long (several hours). The stiffness is in my finger joints, but it too is getting progressively better as time passes. I have almost the same range of motion bending my wrist compared to my good wrist, except for the downward bend, but as time passes, it is bending more and more towards normal. It may never reach the same as the other wrist, but it is definitely good enough to do most things I want or need to do. I am actually pretty pleased with how things have healed so far. I knew this was going to be about a 2 year recovery, and that is what it looks like this will end up being. Even a year later, I can still see a thickness in my broken wrist that my good wrist doesn't have. I've been told that's the new bone that is remodeling, plus probably some lingering swelling. After another year, we will see how the two compare.
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Old 07-06-2016, 12:12 AM
 
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I fell and broke my wrist Apr. 2, 2016. Surgery Apr. 7th with plate and 3 screws. Am doing my at home therapy with exercises given by PT. My hand stays swollen and stiff. Was told to heat hand 10 min. before starting exercises. Then message with cream for 5 minutes pushing everything down the arm to reduce puffiness. Doing 6 sets of exercises plus using soft ball and hand grip. Told to do this 4 times a day. My thumb is still numb but fingers are getting feeling back. No strength in hand and I cant make a fist (far from it!) Can turn on light switch and open refrig. Was told 6 mos. to a year to get back to "normal." I'm 74 so don't expect to get total use of hand of back but if I get 75%; its better than what I have now.
I am sorry my friend. I was 48 when I broke my wrist a year ago. It will probably take longer than 6 months to a year to get back to "normal." As I said in my recent updated post, I'm 11 months in now and still have weakness in my wrist and hand. I can't squeeze my broken hand nearly as hard as I can my other wrist. Maybe I haven't exercised it enough. Probably not. Still, it takes a good long time. Be patient. Push through it and keep doing those exercises. They help. I never had physiotherapy, but have read and heard that it can make a big difference.
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Old 07-07-2016, 12:56 PM
 
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I'm the lady that broke wrist Apr. 2. Did I tell y I was dancing at a wedding in slip on high heels? Slip is the key word here. Surgery was Apr. 7, so I'm 3 mos post opt. I can't straighten my fingers or make a fist. I continue to exercise 3 times a day plus using a rubber ball and a hand grip. I go to gym 2-3 times a week and do weights; I've been doing this for 38 yrs. lost muscle tone in right arm so am trying to get that back. Free weights have helped my grip but still don't have much strength yet. I can now turn key in car but it hurts. I tell people it is weekly progress, NOT DAILY!
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Old 04-18-2017, 05:19 AM
 
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Hi i broke radius and ulna and had plate and screws, cast for 2 weeks then splint for 4 wks, was told to start physio as soon as cast was off but way too sore so didnt start till about 5 wks after surgery was like it was frozen from lack of movement but i was in too much pain to even contemplate exercising it. Has slowly started to get movement now (12wks post), is a long recovery but once pain is gone the exercising is easy x
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