I'm just hoping and praying that I'm one of the lucky ones that gets this cast off in 2-3 more weeks. How long does it take for the pain to go away when you slightly use your fingers? In some cases, the fracture results in an obvious deformity such as a bent wrist. They were so emaciated and misshapen and black and blue, as well as covered with iodine stains from the surgery. This is for my son, he is 7years old, we met an accident last month, and my son's wrist was broken, Doctor decided to go with the cast, in the 5th week he took a x-ray, but still broken can been seen in one direction and he removed the cast and asked us to come after a week. Ricardo Nunes (author) from Portugal on November 08, 2016: Hi everybody! I don't know if this is temporary or maybe I should go to the doctor? This has been a huge relief to me and has definitely aided in my recovery, because I’m not stressed. I'm hoping I can work to improve that one I get the shot. Thank you so much for your thoughtful post. :). I got my surgery done at 10 weeks. Luckily, I could still send text messages with one finger, and that made it possible for me to organize some of these things on my own. Thanks for creating this forum.Some very encouraging stories. Once again I`m sorry for not replying every comment here, specially to Ona66 who I thank for keeping us informed on your wonderful recovery (I read all the comments but I fail to reply to everyone). On the other hand, now that I’ve had to re-learn some things, I do them even better. I have a home care provider that comes in three times a week to help me clean house, grocery shop, and prep meals. Finally went with the opinion to just change cast and be in cast for 6 weeks. This included a ton of calcium, D3, B12, C, K1, K2, Zinc, Magnesium, L-Lysine, B6 on top of my existing 2 complete formula of the Flintstone vitamins. The waiting time was due to the complexity of organizing surgery on two arms at once. My friend lifted my bike off myself and the nose, lips, and mouth were all bleeding. Wrist flexibility will continue to improve for at least two years (this is for adults). Therapy started a week after surgery on my right wrist and my left once the cast came off. My two fingers got very stiffed and the doctor decided to take cast off and did an x-ray.today i took the splint off and went in the bathtub to clean my hand, because it smelled bad and take the dry skin off.I can't turn my hand at all. If you're reading this article, you probably want to know how long it takes for a broken wrist to heal. As I previous said it`s overwhelming to realize how many people are going through a broken wrist... at the same time is very rewarding to know that this article and my experiences have somehow helped so many people around the world. 5/1 I had the same plate put in my wrist. I think I'm over the worst of this experience but unpleasantly surprised at how slow progress is, but with my age and having some arthritis, it sounds like my experience is not much different than others who posted here, so I'm very thankful to see that my slow progress is not just that I'm not trying enough, because I really am trying so hard. New Zealand truly is a great country. Most importantly, don’t get it wet. Is it likely just from moving it out of its comfort zone? I never really did push-ups in the past, and I decided to make it my New Years resolution to do 50 push-ups a day in hopes of getting my shoulders stronger and strengthening my wrist even more. -There’s no easy solutions for severe wrist fractures, we have to be calm and determined to adapt our self to our new condition. you should go to the emergency room if: * your wrist is in great pain * your wrist, arm, or hand is numb * your fingers are pale. The reason I wrote this article is that I broke both my wrists in a terrible accident in 2007 and found very little information online about injuries like mine. Nine days after the accident, I had my surgery. Hi Lisa, Thanks. I tried to put my hand on the table and let my wrist hang a little , but withou any result. I caught up with a lot of friends and family as they were feeding me! Pains... such a difficult subject. My injured arm lost some muscle. I had a plate put in my right wrist. Thanks for the write up I'm glad its not just me that does things like this. He suggested I walk to the health center, but I said I couldn’t. Well, long story short, I jumped and although I'm not doing extremely difficult jumps right now, I know that when my body is 100% healed and I'm back to my regular self, I will be prepared to do anything. My x-rays showed my right radius had broken into three pieces. It`s sad to realize so many people injure their wrists... I`m glad I wrote this page, it helped me then and now it seems to be helpful for so many. I was so excited not to have my elbows constricted (my post-surgery casts let my elbows free) that I began to move my elbows as much as possible. Re: living with 2 broken wrists - tips please hello. The surgery went fine. Hi: Thank you. Thank you again for your story it gives me hope !!! I'd really like to continue to do 50 push-ups a day. I slipped on ice and landed on my right hand, my dominant hand. Does anyone have any advice on how to get the pinky to straighten out and function normally? He recommended I elevate my wrists as much as possible, and keep my fingers moving, but of course avoid any other activity that would effect my wrists. Keep in mind that there are many different kinds of wrist fractures, so this is only a very rough guide. Having the company was also really helpful, as it was quite a shock to be so incapacitated. My thoughts are with you and everyone that went or is going through some rough times. Received block that kept my arm numb for about 3 days. My doctor released me so I will not be getting additional xrays unless I feel that I'm getting worse or not getting better after the upcoming weeks. I broke my wrist 10 weeks ago and had a plate and pins put in 2 weeks later . I fell on an outstretched arm while hiking in Swiss. Thanks for sharing this! I hope she’s doing well. Even the advice about how much to attempt is also vague. Finally got surgery at 10 weeks which actually should have happened immediately after my fall. My hand surgeon said, I would probably be fine without it. Thank you. My partner works full time, so he got a day off, and we used that first day to “rally the troops.” It’s no time to be shy and we pulled together a team as quickly as possible, covering the next week. Perhaps I can call it mental pain because it felt strange to watch the guy pulling a metal spike from my skin like a mechanic working on some vehicle. above my elbows. Thank you for letting me tell my story here. They took it out without any anesthesia which made it an unforgettable moment for me (as in it was extremely painful). i got my cast off thinking i would be fine but just a little pain but to my suprise! Small incisions are necessary for this. In May 2017, I had an accident at my gym and was slammed to the ground with great force. Using my elbows and scooting across the floor, I managed to push myself over to sit against the wall, cradling my right wrist in my lap with the sheet of ice as best I could. When I awoke Post opperatively the Surgeon told me that I had to remain Infection Free for 6 months at which point she would need to COMPLETELY FUSE my Left wrist! Who knew it was such a dangerous sport. I see ortho specialist tomorrow for redress and next steps. Tried occupational therapy for 2 weeks after cast removal at 8 weeks. The doctor moved me into a wrist guard or brace, however you want to say it. I do want to share (for what it is worth) that I loaded up on vitamins and minerals during my recovery period. Able to read, write, and ride my bike almost like I could before the accident. It is common for people who have wrist breaks to develop frozen shoulder caused simply by not moving the shoulder for as little as a couple of weeks. If you’ve suffered an injury to your arm or wrist that has lasting pain, you should go to a doctor to have X-rays taken. They also remove (cut) the distal end from the cubitus bone to allow hand rotation. Be notified of new content and receive short posts by subscribing today. Right now I can move my fingers pretty well but I can't straighten them. I had my partner with me the whole time, so we were able to manage my care together as we waited many hours even for X-rays. Every healing process can be an unique opportunity for personal growing and better understanding about ourselves and others. in October 2003. Last wk I started occupational therapy (only your movements for the next 3 to 4 weeks ) by mid day I need to elevate it. Be kind but be assertive when things are still not up to your expectations. Take good care. Neither the therapists nor doctor gave me the information that I found from some online research I did on Youtube. Your spouse could precut your food so that you could pick it up with a fork (or your fingers) to eat. Doctors can use a technique called 'closed reduction' to pull the bones back into position. Hand still stiff. Wrist fractures are most common in children and young adults, especially if they're involved in risk-taking activities. Thanks for sharing this with us. Being a nutritionist myself, I would recommend that anyone going through any healing process should reinforce antioxidants intake... if you need any other advise on this subject please feel free to email me (rnfunride at gmail dot com). . Treat yourself gently and patiently, it will make all the difference while you`re recovering and healing from any fracture. I’m happy however that so many people were there for you. You’re right that New Zealand and Ireland look quite similar, very lush and green and surrounded by the sea. I am a photographer and that's what I'm worry about holding the camera and filming now that easy with this in comfortable hand ! You can call me masochist but I learned to love and embrace the pain resulting from all the hard work. I started to finally see lessening of stiffness and function of my fingers about five months after my fall, when I started doing massage and breathing exercises to reduce swelling. The place I got him from swore oh he's a good boy he's good with kids and people. No sense blaming Doctors. I got to the porch took off my robe and saw that he had ripped my wrist open all the way to the bone. Unfortunately it wasn’t as exciting as a bike crash, and no, I didn't try to kill myself (in case you were wondering). She lied and did not disclose everything about this dog. I found this reduced pain, hastened my recovery, and allowed me to use over-the-counter pain relievers and medical marijuana rather than getting stuck with oxy-type drugs, which also had the effect of making me want to totally veg out, which caused me to feel worse and want more pain relievers. You’re right to be cautious about letting people into your bubble right now with COVID so rampant. i was told to try to do every thing i did before , but its very hard for me to hold a pen , r spoon ,i can not hardly move my arm ,r wrist r fingers! I'm getting discouraged, I had expected better progress by now. I turned away from him as he had my arm I screamed for my niece. Most patients do return to all of their former activities, but what happens in your case depends on the nature of your injury, the kind of treatment you and your doctors decide on, and how your body responds to the treatment. I loved Ireland when I visit there. anyway i fell from about twelve feet, dislocating my left arm, breaking my humerus bone (open fracture) and smashing my radius bone in about ten pieces. Why this happened or what I did wrong perhaps I'll never know. I really don't know what to expect. Life continues to prove I’m tougher than I think I am! Any metalwork is usually not removed unless it becomes a problem. It was just a strange feeling. I know my wrist probably saved my life, because I hit my head but no concussion. Im just wondering if anyone has any idea how long I can expect to be out of work after the cast is removed? Most patients will be able to resume light activities such as swimming or working out the lower body within a month or two after the cast is taken off, or after surgery. But, also be kind to yourself for what you’ve been through. Also, my favorite snacks, books from the library, audio books, and movies were most welcome. There are too many things to even start counting. Keep us posted on your recovery, wishing you a fast and complete recovery! Organize a team to help you with basic tasks during the first four-six weeks. knowing that the way I feel depends on how I treat myself. Broken Hand Cast Broken Wrist Arm Cast Hand Injuries Bone Fracture Nursing Tips Back Exercises Health And Beauty Tips Health And Wellbeing More information ... People also love these ideas So she charged him with fire in her eyes grabbed him around his throat. Of course I was told not to exercise either as that could slow down the healing process and although I wasn't doing aggressive freestyle skating, I did do figures and dance around 2-4 hrs per week on top of working out in the gym (spinning and pilates waist down) several times a week for around 50-60 mins each session. 3 - 10 weeks, depending on severity of fracture, For a half-cast, 3 - 4 weeks; for a full cast, 6 - 10 weeks, Joint will be stiff 2 - 3 weeks after cast is removed, Depending on the case, pain and stiffness will persist for several months and possibly years. They didn’t have one, he explained and I stared at him. Keep up the good spirit and smile. The radius forms the major joint surface of the wrist. I'm supposed to wear for 2 weeks, which would be a removal this Tuesday, March 28. Ouch! It’s easy to forget or misinterpret what they say when you’re in pain. I used products like arnica gel to help with the bruising and some of the pain, as well as a diaper rash cream that helped with all the sweating I was doing (it was summer). What 2 Broken Wrists Have Taught Me. Just started driving a few days ago painful doing this my surgeon and OT said to take time for it to heal but my GP said to go back to work . In 2007, I broke both wrists after falling from a building. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive new posts by email. Developed mild crps which lead to unimaginable fingers stiffness which has not yet completely gone. The other thing I have learned is I love socialized medicine and how the ACC works here in New Zealand. Early on, organize your living and working spaces so that there are no obstacles that might cause you to fall again. Before splinting, check the following three things: Check circulation by comparing the color and temperature of the injured wrist against the uninjured wrist. OMG, your treatment follows mine almost exactly...I knew I hadn't written it but it sounded exactly like mine. I am so glad you had some wonderful people around you to help. Surgery to remove titanium plates from both wrists and get a new one on my right wrist to keep it from moving incorrectly; cut distal end from right cubitus bone to allow wrist to rotate. Called 911 and my husband and I was medivaked to the closest trauma center and had emergency surgery I got 3pins in my ulnar styli and 5th meticarpal. I too had this for two months and had the pins removed without any pain killers. Wasn't helping much. I am 5 weeks post fracture of my dominant wrist. Need all the heeling advice I can get thanks. A simple fracture where the bone remains aligned can be treated by applying a plaster cast. Thanks for the article. Took him out for his morning business he ran away from me turned around came Bach and lunged on me grabbed me by my left wrist I new the bite was differant from play. I feel your pain. Take OTC painkillers. Science is pure joy for me. Thank you so much Ricardo. The CT scan revealed all the bones had broken in a circular shape just where my wrist watch was. She lives in CA while I live in FL so I can’t be of much help. Your doctor will need to manipulate the pieces back into position, a procedure known as a reduction. Whishing you all fast and complete recovery! -One can (and should) learn a lot during such difficult times, so I believe that even though my wrists will never be the same I will be a better person after going thru all this. Just recently, I broke one of them again. See the comments section to learn about other peoples' experiences and ask your own questions. I had a closed reduction with percutaneous pinning. You can learn a lot from a setback. This was the first time I saw my hands and arms after the accident, and I wasn’t ready for the shock. Leona. I have a bone chip at the end of my ulna that causes nerve pain and I suspect always will. Love and peace, I have headline fracture in the wrist I did it at football training on April 11 now I'm in full plaster it comes off at the end of may I'm having pain why it in plaster. The kids at the front desk called campus security, and three men arrived. The therapy and exercises are so much more effective once swelling is reduced and in my experience, reducing swelling saves so much healing time. wowzers, after breaking both my wrists at the drag strip on my motorcycle I'm not sure how I feel about it still. I only wish he had let me take some during the reset of the ulna. The numbness and pain in my palm and fingers are my biggest issue. Like you, I had a internal fixation device and on December 9th, I had my cast removed. I didn’t see this request until now. It hurts but in a weird kind of way like this effort is killing me, way. It’s also true that this kind of fracture can sometimes save lives. I try to still do some hand and shoulder exercises every day and my fingers are only stiff first thing in the morning. Ricardo Nunes (author) from Portugal on August 12, 2016: Hi, Abdul! My pain was also under control. A broken pelvis may need a few months to heal. I can’t imagine not being able to use both of my arms! This sucks. Cannot touch my fingers to palm without mobilization. He started barking and going off he was out for more blood. It has been 5 since my accident and they are still very swollen, my palm is numb and bruised. One long-term effect is that I have slightly less sensitivity in terms of fine motor skills. )I was just wondering more about the physical therapy part. -Every healing process can be an unique opportunity for personal growing and better understanding about ourselves and others. then she washes my hair in the sink. Though the bones may be healed at eight weeks, full recovery could be a much longer and difficult process, especially for adults and older adults. Take care. Can't wait to get back to boot camp exercise , which probably helped that it was not worse to begin with! I broke my left wrist (radius, displaced), 4 weeks ago. Hey so my story goes I fractured my growth plate in my right wrist last year in November and its been 1 year 1 month since it happened and it still makes a popping sounds and hurts alittle every now and then what should i do please. My breaks occurred during a freak accident at my gym. I just want to wrap it up/splint it. Thank you for your post. Four years after the accident, I can work, write, ride my bike, and do normal, everyday tasks. In order to allow the right hand to rotate, they also cut the distal end from my right cubitus bone. I broke my distal radius 7 months ago and had internal fixation. 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