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Unread 15 Aug 19, 06:53 PM  
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Broke arm in April, problems still. Advice please.

In April I fell backwards and broke my radius, close to the wrist joint. There were some small fragments fell of the bone at the same time, but not large enough to warrant surgery ( the doctor said that there would be more screws and pins than bone).
After they removed the cast at six weeks I couldnt move my fingers, bend my wrist or move the hand much at all.
I have done the Physio exercises given often and properly.
I find that I still cannot bend my fingers, the wrist is stiff and painful and I have limited strength.
My hand is also still swollen and painful.

Mornings are the worst, the hand goes back to stiff and unmovable, then I spend the day getting it moving again!

Does anyone know if this is normal? I am 58, which I know can be a reason for lack of healing.
Im really fed up, if it doesnt improve I wont be able to roller coaster again!

On the plus side, Hubby has learnt to cook!

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Unread 15 Aug 19, 07:07 PM  
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I'd make an appointment to see your gp to be on the safe side. That doesn't sound right. I broke my wrist and was in plaster 6 weeks. Did the physio and after another month it's like it never happened.
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I second the above go and speak to the GP after 6 weeks I would be expecting you to have more or less full movement.
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You could ask your GP for a referral to a hand therapist
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Thanks for the replies, never having broken anything before I am unsure what to expect.

I have booked an appointment with a GP for tomorrow. I also have another appointment with the hand clinic but when I saw them four weeks ago they were not much help!
I am going to push for more help.
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Just taken my son for an MRI with dye injected into the wrist
Hes only 16 so no pain or stiffness but his little bone ( ulna is it ? ) clicks out of place near the wrist even though its the larger he broke and has weakness when lifting
The consultant said that surgery may be required as the tensions and cartilage are complex
He may wrap a tendon to tighten things up
I think historically wrists are never right but yours sounds like it needs looking at
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I saw the doctor today, not a lot of help! She confessed to having no knowledge of bone breaks or subsequent treatment/ healing rates!

So I am going to wait to see the hand clinic next month.

Having read as much as I can find, I think I might need surgery.
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Could you ring the fracture clinic which treated you? I wouldn't want to be waiting too long.
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