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How Long Does It Take to Recover and Heal From a Broken Wrist?

Updated on May 29, 2017
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My name is Ricardo and I am from Portugal. In 2007, I broke both wrists after falling from a building and want to share my experience.

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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. I decided to write about what happened to me, in order to help other people in my situation. I hope you find this useful.

Below you'll be able to read more about my story, but first, some information on the healing time of wrist fractures.

Broken Wrist Recovery Time

 
Kids
Adults
Time for bone to fully mend
3 - 10 weeks, depending on severity of fracture
8 weeks or longer
Length of time in cast
For a half-cast, 3 - 4 weeks; for a full cast, 6 - 10 weeks
6 - 8 weeks, depending on fracture
Stiffness and immobility after removal
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
Physical therapy?
Usually not needed
Likely needed, depending on the fracture
Keep in mind that there are many different kinds of wrist fractures, so this is only a very rough guide. Your experience may differ significantly.

How Long Will Healing Take?

If you're reading this article, you probably want to know how long it takes for a broken wrist to heal.

Generally, recovery for adults takes about six to eight weeks (shorter for children and longer for the elderly or for more severe fractures).1 Everyone's situation is different. My recovery took longer than most (obviously) due to the severity of my injury (you can read about my story down below).

Recovery can mean different things, however. 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. You should expect (depending on the severity of your injury), a huge reduction in mobility and a lot of stiffness. You will have to work hard in order to regain all of the use of your hand and wrist, but don't give up! It will be worth it. See the comments section to learn about other peoples' experiences and ask your own questions.

Here are some more details:

  • The plaster cast will stay on until the bone has healed, but the exact length of healing time depends on the type of fracture, whether it has damaged the surrounding tissues, and the age of the patient.
  • A young child who broke his or her wrist may need to wear a cast or removable splint for just two to three weeks. For older people or more complicated fractures, a wrist injury can take a lot longer to get back to normal and stiffness is extremely common.
  • Be sure to follow instructions on how to take care of your cast. Most importantly, don’t get it wet. The orthopaedic doctors will decide when you can take the cast off and when you can return to normal activities or work.
  • Your arm is often stiff and weak after being in a cast. Physiotherapy can be useful to help build up strength in the arm muscles and restore full movement, as in my case. However, this is rarely needed for children (guess I’m not a kid anymore!)
  • There’s a higher chance of re-breaking or cracking the bone once the plaster is removed, especially in children, so kids should avoid trampolines, bouncy castles, soft play areas, and contact sports for a further four to six weeks to be safe.2
  • Also, you shouldn’t drive in a cast. Talk to your doctor about when you can drive again.3

When will you get back to doing the things that you love (like playing piano)?
When will you get back to doing the things that you love (like playing piano)? | Source

When I Can Resume Normal Activities?

Everyone wants to know when and if they can return to their former activities after suffering from a broken wrist. This is a great question which seems simple but actually has a complex answer.

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.

You’ll need to discuss your case with your doctor for specifics, but in general most of the following are true:4

  • Most patients have their cast taken off within six to eight weeks.
  • If recommended by the doctor, patients will start physiotherapy within a few days or weeks after surgery, or right after the last cast is taken off.
  • 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.
  • Most patients can resume vigorous physical activities, such as skiing or football, between three and six months after the injury.
  • Almost all patients will have some stiffness in their wrist, which will generally diminish in the month or two after the cast is taken off or after surgery. Wrist flexibility will continue to improve for at least two years (this is for adults).
  • You should expect your recovery to take at least a year, and most will still feel some pain during vigorous activities for about that long. You should also expect residual stiffness or aches for two years or possibly permanently, especially for high impact injuries (such as motorcycle crashes), or if you are over 50 or have some osteoarthritis.
  • The good news is that the stiffness is usually minor and may not affect the overall function of the arm. Remember that these are general guidelines and may not apply to you and your fracture. Ask your doctor for specifics in your case.

Timeline of Surgeries and Recovery After I Broke My Wrists

When
What Happened
How My Wrists Felt
Day of the accident
Emergency surgery: Doctors fixed both wrists with titanium plates and screws and put an external fixation on right wrist that was attached to both the radius and forefinger metacarpal bones by four screws, two in each bone
Due to morphine, I have no memory of pain during the first week. It was only after returning to Portugal (and having the morphine stopped) that the pain showed up, and what a show it was :/. I had to take some painkillers like algimate and tramadol but soon realized they had serious side effects and haven't taken any chemical drugs since.
Two months after accident
External fixation was removed and I started daily physiotherapy. Started to see good results with physiotherapy
For me, physiotherapy was the most painful part of the process. But every session I knew what was going to happen, and I went anyway. You can call me masochist but I learned to love and embrace the pain resulting from all the hard work.
Two months and one week after accident
Got a spike removed because it was starting to poke through skin
I'm not sure if what I felt when they took the metal pin out was really pain. 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. It was just a strange feeling.
Seven months after accident
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
It's not easy to explain what went through my head during this time — perhaps only those who have gone through it can understand. There are too many things to even start counting.
Two years and three months after accident
Surgery to add two titanium plates to left wrist to correct left hand's position, did not improve mobility
At this time I was much more adapted to my new reality and my thoughts about it were much more positive forward-looking. My pain was also under control.
Four years after accident
Able to read, write, and ride my bike almost like I could before the accident
What can I say!? I guess I was and am a good patient. I tried to study myself like I never did before and I now know and understand myself much better.

My Experience With Broken Wrists and Surgery

In July 2007, I was on a mountain biking trip in the French Alps and fell from the balcony of the second floor of a building. Unfortunately it wasn’t as exciting as a bike crash, and no, I didn't try to kill myself (in case you were wondering).

After I fell, I had to get up all by myself and go upstairs to go back to the second floor where my friends were. I still don’t know where I found the strength to search for my friends and get their help. I guess my love for life certainly helped!

When I finally reached my friends, they called the paramedics and I was taken to the hospital right away. Well . . . almost right away. We actually had to stop twice to get some money from an ATM since the ambulance would only take me to the hospital after I paid for the service.

Due to the severity of the fractures, I had to be operated on as soon as I got to the hospital.

During this surgery (the first of three), doctors fixed both my wrists with titanium plates and screws, and they also put an external fixation on my right wrist. This external equipment was attached to both the radius and forefinger metacarpal bones by four screws, two in each bone.

Back in Portugal (where I’m from), the external fixation was removed two months after the operation. They took it out without any anesthesia which made it an unforgettable moment for me (as in it was extremely painful).

At this point, I started daily physiotherapy sessions and immediately began to see good results.

One week later, I went to hospital again. This time it was to have a little spike that the doctor had put in removed because it was starting to push through my skin. I also had no anesthetic this time and it was pretty painful, but by now I was learning how to enjoy it.

X-rays After the First Surgery

My left wrist (view from below) with the titanium plate and screws inserted during surgery to hold the bones in the proper position
My left wrist (view from below) with the titanium plate and screws inserted during surgery to hold the bones in the proper position
My left wrist (lateral view)
My left wrist (lateral view)
My right wrist (view from below) with the titanium plate, screws and external fixation inserted during surgery to hold the bones in the proper position
My right wrist (view from below) with the titanium plate, screws and external fixation inserted during surgery to hold the bones in the proper position
My right wrist (lateral view)
My right wrist (lateral view)

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.

— Friedrich Nietzsche
Just after the last surgery (October 2009)
Just after the last surgery (October 2009)

Almost seven months after the accident, I had to be operated on yet again to remove the titanium plates from both wrists and get a new one on my right wrist to keep it from moving incorrectly. In order to allow the right hand to rotate, they also cut the distal end from my right cubitus bone. This was my third surgery. Not fun!

Even though I was much better, I still needed at least one more operation to have my left wrist put back in place. That surgery, unfortunately, could only happen when I got some significant time off work.

Yes, that’s right—I’d be spending my next vacation in the hospital.

In October 2009, I went through that surgery, which I hoped to be my last, and my surgeon believed that my left wrist would be able to regain its mobility after correcting its position.

This time I only had local anesthesia which allowed a much faster recovery, and I started moving my fingers by the end of the day. It also allowed me to watch the entire process without any pain. However, it did take more than two hours and I almost fell asleep during the surgery . . .

The operation team decided to add two titanium plates to my wrist and put it back into its natural position. This by itself made a big difference and I could finally grab my bicycle's handlebars.

The bad news is that it did not improve my wrist mobility, but I had been expecting this. In the last appointment before the surgery, I even suggested to my doctor that he completely secure my wrist like he’d done with my right one, but he told me there was a chance of improvement with the left one.

Unfortunately, I still don´t have good quality digitalizations of the X-rays because they never gave me the original ones. The pictures below were digitized from a paper copy, so I apologize for the poor quality.

Four years after the accident, I can work, write, ride my bike, and do normal, everyday tasks.

If I’m being completely honest, however, I can’t do everything I did before. On the other hand, now that I’ve had to re-learn some things, I do them even better.

X-ray From Right Wrist After the Last Surgery

They also remove (cut) the distal end from the cubitus bone to allow hand rotation
They also remove (cut) the distal end from the cubitus bone to allow hand rotation

After breaking my wrist, I searched for help and information online from people who’d had similar experiences but found very few people sharing their broken wrist stories.

I hope this article helps other people going through the same kind of injury. Writing it down and sharing it with everybody certainly helped me debrief the experience.

The house where I was lodged in Les Gets, French Alps. I fell from the closed door on the second floor balcony.
The house where I was lodged in Les Gets, French Alps. I fell from the closed door on the second floor balcony.

Stay Strong!

I hope this helped you as you're recovering from a broken wrist. It does get better. Feel free to leave some of your experiences and advice in the comments section.

More Information on Wrist Fractures

The wrist is one of the most commonly broken bones — in the United States, one out of every ten bones is a broken wrist.4

Seventy-five percent of wrist injuries are fractures of the distal radius and ulna. Distal means the end of the bone closest to the wrist. The eight carpal bones (the bones between the arm bone and the hand) are injured less frequently.

In general, there are four main kinds of fractures which are:5

  • Simple or closed fractures: an easily treated break with little damage to the surrounding tissue.
  • Compound or open fractures: a complicated break that also damages the surrounding skin.
  • Comminuted: a comminuted fracture means the bone has broken into several pieces. Note: This is the kind of fracture that I had.
  • Greenstick: this type is usually most common in children. Greenstick is a type of fracture where the bone is bent but not broken.

Hairline fractures are minor cracks to the bone and only show up on an X-ray. An impacted fracture is when the ends of bones are driven into one another.

Wrist fractures are most common in children and young adults, especially if they're involved in risk-taking activities. They also become common as people get older, when we are more likely to fall or suffer from osteoporosis, which increases the likelihood of breaking a bone.

It’s also true that this kind of fracture can sometimes save lives. If I had landed in any other way when I fell, I probably would have broken my neck. In some ways, my wrists were the parachute that softened the fall, though at a fairly big cost!

This is an x-ray from a typical distal radius fracture
This is an x-ray from a typical distal radius fracture

Symptoms

Usually you know if you've broken your arm or wrist bone because it will be extremely painful.1

If it's a clean break, you may have heard a snap or a grinding noise during the accident. The bone can break in several different ways, including straight across, diagonally, or in a spiral pattern. In severe cases, the bone may break into many pieces (comminuted), stick out at an angle, or poke through the skin (open or compound fracture).

Some things to look for if you think you may have broken your wrist are:

  • Swelling or tenderness around the injured area
  • Bleeding if the bone has damaged the tissue and skin
  • Pain, especially when flexing the wrist
  • Bruising
  • Your wrist looks bent or crooked
  • Your wrist, arm, or hand is numb
  • Your fingers are pale

Presence of these symptoms is not a guarantee that there’s a fracture. A sprained wrist can feel similarly and an X-ray is the only way to find out what happened.

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. It might only be a sprain, but it’s better to be safe than to risk more injury.

What to Do

If you or someone in your care has broken their wrist, here are some guidelines to follow:6

  1. Don't eat or drink anything if you think you've broken your wrist, as you may need a general anaesthetic (be put to sleep) to allow doctors to realign the bone. This process can be very painful to do so while you're awake.
  2. A sling will help stabilise the arm while you're on the way to the hospital. The sling should go under the arm and then around the neck. Don’t try to straighten your wrist.
  3. Apply an ice pack to the injured area (try a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel). Ice can help reduce pain and swelling.
  4. If the injury is to a child, try to find someone to drive and someone else to support and comfort the child.

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What to Expect From Treatment

A broken arm or wrist treatment differs depending on how bad the injury is. Here's what will happen as you go through the process:6

  • A doctor will give you painkillers and then fix a splint to the arm to secure it in position and prevent further damage.
  • An X-ray will be taken of the arm to see what kind of fracture it is. Even hairline fractures should show faintly on X-ray.
  • A simple fracture where the bone remains aligned can be treated by applying a plaster cast. This holds the broken ends together so they can heal. You should be provided with painkillers to take home and information on how to look after your cast, and you’ll probably make an appointment to attend a fracture clinic so specialist orthopaedic doctors can take over the care of your fracture.
  • With more severe arm or wrist fractures, the bones can become misaligned (displaced). If the bone is not realigned (reduced), the bones will not heal well. Doctors can use a technique called 'closed reduction' to pull the bones back into position.
  • Local or regional anesthetic will be used to numb the arm (this is rarely used in children), or you will be put to sleep using a general anaesthetic. If doctors are happy with the bones' new position, you may be treated with a plaster cast and regular follow-up appointments and X-rays.
  • Certain fractures are best treated with surgery to realign and fix the broken bones (as in my case because it was so severe). This includes displaced fractures, fractures involving a joint, and open fractures. Surgeons can fix bones with wires, plates, screws, or rods. This is called open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF). Any metalwork is usually not removed unless it becomes a problem.
  • In rare cases (like mine) an external frame is used to hold the broken bones, known as an external fixator.
  • After most surgeries, a plaster cast is applied to protect the wrist. A sling may also be provided for comfort. If you have surgery, you will usually be able to go home within a day or two. You might need a second cast if the first one gets too loose after the swelling goes away.
  • You'll likely get regular X-rays to make sure your wrist is healing normally

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Helping a Broken Wrist Heal

Though only time will let your bone heal fully, there are some things you can do to help ease the pain and decrease healing time.1, 6

  • Elevate your wrist above the level of your heart by putting it on a pillow or on some other surface for the first few days to help ease pain and swelling.
  • Ice your wrist for 15-20 minutes about two or three times a day for two to three days. Make sure you keep your cast or splint dry.
  • Take OTC painkillers. Ask your doctor about the ones that are the safest for you to take — some of them have side effects with overuse.
  • Ask your doctor about stretching or strengthening exercises for your hands.
  • Avoid putting weight or strain on your arm — you don't have to stop moving it completely, but you should avoid carrying heavy things and driving.
  • If you notice anything unusual about your wrist — strange sensations, odd hand color, signs of infection, problems with your cast, numbness in your fingers, or severe or continuous pain, you should speak with your doctor.

I wish you a speedy recovery!

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Sources Used

  1. Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian. "Colles' Fracture (Distal Radius Fracture or Broken Wrist)" January 26, 2017. WebMD. Accessed May 29, 2017.
  2. Grewal, Preeti RN, MN, APN and William Cole MBBS, MSc, PhD, FRACS, FRCSC. "Wrist Fracture." November 10, 2009. Accessed May 29, 2017.
  3. Hoffman, Jan. "When Is It Safe to Drive After Breaking a Bone?" December 3, 2013. NYTimes Well Blog. Accessed May 29, 2017.
  4. "Distal Radius Fractures (Broken Wrist)" March 2013. American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Accessed May 29, 2017.
  5. "Fractures (Broken Bones)" October 2012. American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Accessed May 29, 2017.
  6. "Broken Arm or Wrist." January 25, 2017. National Health Service UK. Accessed May 29, 2017.

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      John 2 days ago

      I feel your pain. I fractured my left wrist 11/27. Had external fixation for ren weeks. 5/1 I had the same plate put in my wrist. 9 months later my fingers are stiff and I have pain every day. . I was 61....first broken bone....

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      Felister 2 weeks ago

      Wow!

      Great information, thankyou.

      Am healing from a double fracture on my left arm(my wrist and metacarpals).

      This was from a road accident.

      The cast has taken now 10weeks but unfortunately there was misalignment of my digit bone.

      I thought something is really going sour and felt really down.

      Am encouraged by this information.

      Looking forward to healing as I keep on visiting the orthopedist for correction, guidance and advice

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      Ranie Blankman 2 weeks ago

      I have a story I'd like to tell.. 3mos ago I was taking my rescued male pitbull that I had only owned 5 mos I rescued him from a shelter in CA I live in WA state. He was a 85 - 90 lb dog. 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 turned away from him as he had my arm I screamed for my niece. She is a young 100 lb girl. I was already in shock so I didn't have it in me to even make eye contact with him let alone try to fight him off. So I yelled and screamed for my niece she finally herd me came out and I yelled babe help me get this dog off me. So she charged him with fire in her eyes grabbed him around his throat. He redirected and let go of me. I ran away from him at this time she had him by his choke coller and had some what control of him. I tied his leash to the fence and told her 123 get out of his reach. He started barking and going off he was out for more blood. I got to the porch took off my robe and saw that he had ripped my wrist open all the way to the bone. 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 ended up having 5 major lacerations to my left arm 3 mos after the fact I go in in 2 days to get my pins remove and plates put in also bone graft. Because there non-union. And perhaps infection. The dog was put down immediately. I miss my dog. Really and truly there was no provocation. He just turned on me.. The place I got him from swore oh he's a good boy he's good with kids and people. Only to find out later that he was on the euthanasia list. Because of human aggression..... This could of happened to the 3kids that he played with daily. She did no home check. She lied and did not disclose everything about this dog. In the 5 mos I has him he was nothing but loved showered and pampered he was a very happy boy. Why this happened or what I did wrong perhaps I'll never know. But this is for sure. I have a long hard painful road ahead of me. I have been around the bully breed my whole life. Have raised awesome dogs. Because I did nothing but give an orphaned boy a great home where he was loved and never had to run the streets or whatever his past was like he didn't have to live like that anymore. But that day in the pasture he wanted to kill me for what reason I'll never know. Thank you for letting me tell my story here. I go Friday gorgeous surgery #2 I'm scared I don't want to live in pain anymore.... I love my dude why is the question.... He loved me so much ill be permanently disfigured because of it... Wish I could post piks. Need all the heeling advice I can get thanks

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      Rei 6 weeks ago

      When I was 10 I was riding down a big hill on my bike. We were at the bottom of the hill so we have picked up lots of speed. My friend ahead of me slows down and I slam on my breaks and fall asleep right over my handle bars with my bike on top of me. My friend lifted my bike off myself and the nose, lips, and mouth were all bleeding. I was still in shock of what happened, I was spitting out blood that was in my mouth the night I felt two pieces of something solid in my mouth, I spit it out on my hand and it turned out my tooth got chipped. I had a phone with me, I tried to call my mom but I thought it was dead. We decided to head back up the hill. My back wheel on my bike was not working or moving, I had lots of trouble trying to push it up the hill because my wrist were hurting. My friend wasn't very injured so she carried ,y bike while I pushed hers. More then half way up the hill I checked the phone again to see if it really was dead just to make sure, it wasn't dead, just before I couldn't see the screen because of the sun. I called my mom and she came to pick us. After me complaining multiple times my mom decided to go get x-rays the next day. We told them that both of my wrists hurt but they only x-rayed one because they thought I was using the other fine. We found out the one we x-rayed was broken so they wrapped it up. After that my other arm was still causing me pain, so the day after we yet again went to get x-rays. We found out my second wrist was broken, after the next two days we got waterproof removable casts, they were called exos. My recovery certainly wasn't as horrible as other people's, but it wasn't very nice! I had to wear them for around a month and a half and then had to wear them for physical activities for the next two weeks. Till this day I'm still a little scared going down big hills and using my breaks!

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      Celtress 6 weeks ago

      Update on my wrist. On Feb 8th I had a comminuted distal radius fracture that was set in the ER and without surgery, it's not quite in place, but close enough. The bone itself has healed and very rarely bothers me but I have constant pain on the ulnar side that intensifies with movement. Doc said I need to wait until the end of July when he'll shoot some cortisone in there to try and calm it down.

      I find I have less coordination and speed with that hand, and drastically different strength. I'm hoping I can work to improve that one I get the shot.

      At times, for no apparent reason, I get a sharp pain (ulnar side) that is at times severe. I take half a pain pill at night to help me sleep and hopefully keep the pain from waking me up.

      I'm getting discouraged, I had expected better progress by now.

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      Anne 7 weeks ago

      This is an update to a post I made five months ago. It has been eight months since I broke my non-dominant wrist, both the radius and ulna. I had an external fixation device for about seven weeks, then removable splints and about six months of physical/occupational therapy for my hand. 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. Neither the therapists nor doctor gave me the information that I found from some online research I did on Youtube. I strongly suggest anyone who is having persistent swelling to search lymphedema of the arm and educate yourself. The therapy and exercises are so much more effective once swelling is reduced and in my experience, reducing swelling saves so much healing time. I also found that once the swelling came down, incorporating small hand weights into my exercise routine helped speed up regaining wrist and hand function.

      My last bit of advice is that in the early stages, even though you may want and need to keep your arm elevated as much as possible to avoid more swelling, try to occasionally move and rotate your shoulder. 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. Unfortunately that happened to me and I had to go through a few months of painful therapy and a lot more exercises to gain back the mobility I lost. The orthopedic doctor should have warned me about this and didn't recognize it had happened. I switched to a different orthopedic doctor who finally diagnosed it. I had never even heard of frozen shoulder but realize now it's somewhat common after other injuries. I think it would have been avoidable if I knew about it.

      I'm finally finished with physical therapy and feel mostly normal. My pinky is still bent and lost a lot of its function. My thumb lost some rotation and my wrist rotation in both directions has come a long way but still has a way to go. I try to still do some hand and shoulder exercises every day and my fingers are only stiff first thing in the morning. Other than reduced strength in the affected hand, there's not much I can't do with it, which I'm very happy about.

      Does anyone have any advice on how to get the pinky to straighten out and function normally? I hope it will improve over time.

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      Liz 2 months ago

      Thanks for sharing this! I was in a car accident three weeks ago, my wrist broke in several pieces and had surgery. The doctor did say I will need physical therapy once my cast is off. ( Your left wrist X-ray looks very similar to mine.)I was just wondering more about the physical therapy part. Right now I can move my fingers pretty well but I can't straighten them. They shake and it hurts to move them too much but I exercise them everyday. I really don't know what to expect. I'm also young and an like to be active so this whole thing has been difficult for me especially when the accident was not my fault. (She was distracted and she hit me going 60 mph or 95 kmp) anyways I appreciate any advice!! Thank you

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      BobbyAg 2 months ago

      This is for Gael.

      My story is similar to yours. I got my surgery done at 10 weeks. Tried occupational therapy for 2 weeks after cast removal at 8 weeks. Wasn't helping much. Finally got surgery at 10 weeks which actually should have happened immediately after my fall. No sense blaming Doctors. Delayed surgery led to unimaginable stiffness, crps, trigger finger, all sorts of things. Been under therapy for 9 months now. Have around 70 % ROM back. Getting surgery done next month to get my plates removed. That might help in getting further ROM.

      If needed please get surgery done even now. It's never too late.

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      vijaya mary 2 months ago

      thank you for your post

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      Becky Moreau 2 months ago

      Thank you for your post. I broke my right radius and had surgery on it like your left wrist 4 wks ago. My Dr was amazing.. I've been a hair stylist for 18 years an I'm hoping for a speedy recovery. I love what I do!!

      The pain has been hard for me.. as I am a very busy person usually and like to live that way. The pain has forced me to slow down. Last wk I started occupational therapy (only your movements for the next 3 to 4 weeks ) by mid day I need to elevate it. The pain exhaust me. I know once I start to move my wrist it's going to be even harder and I'm ready for it.. I hope. My doctor gave me a cast that I could remove if it gets hot and I need to wipe my arm down which is great considering we're going into the summer.

      Thank you again for your story it gives me hope !!!

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      Alison Ktona 2 months ago

      I had such a Massive infection in my wrist

      That it caused Compartment Syndrome

      in October 2003. I was RUSHED into the Or and subsequent Underwent 6 operations within a 13 day period. Fast forward to 9 months later, Severe Pain returned and when I would move my wrist it would make crackeling sounds, it sounded kind of like Rice Krispies so they did a MRI and found Osteo Myelitis so I had another Incision & Drainage at which point she noticed that the infection I had had been Sooo Accostic that it had comply eaten through all the soft tissue and cartilage in my wrist! 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! I had the Fusion surgery Sept 11th 2004 and that caused me to develop Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) aka Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). I will have CHRONIC PAIN for the rest of my 41year young life. My post Fusion X-ray looks Exactly like yours! Good Luck.

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      Gael 3 months ago

      Thank you for post. Broke my wrist 8 weeks ago. Should have been advised to have surgery due to the severity of the break. Unfortunately this didn't happen due to bad advice from a doctor. The cast was removed after eight weeks and I'm now trying to get the use of my wrist again with occupational therapy.

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      Sylvia 3 months ago

      I broke my right wrist on May 17. My fingers are numb. Is this normal? I can bend my fingers. Dr says 4 weeks in a hard cast. Then a removable one. I am 77 with osteoporosis.

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      Dean 3 months ago

      Thanks for your story, it's been a massive help seeing as I've got my surgery tomorrow after annihilating my left wrist:(

      I was just wondering how much it cost for your whole ordeal, surgery and all in France? Good job it was there though ah as I've heard their health service is second to none. Love and peace

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      Patrizia 3 months ago

      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

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      Josh Hickey 3 months ago

      I as well was looking for this information. Almost 3 weeks go I had a motorcycle wreck which resulted in a wrist fracture, along with head injury and other things. I had to have open reduction internal fixation and external fixation.

      Thank you for the information.

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      MzDiva 3 months ago

      Thanks for sharing this with us. For parents this is a needed tool. Very helpful

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      Anna 4 months ago

      Thanks so much for this, it helps to know whAt others have gone through. It's two months today since my injury and the wrist is very stiff and feels 'thick'. I am trying my best to do thinks with the hand but my right shoulder is so very stiff and feels frozen. D

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      Wendy McGee 4 months ago

      Hello everyone, I wanted to give a quick update on my broken wrist. Well, I got my cast off about 12 days ago, it was exactly 7 weeks and 2 days from the injury date. The doctor moved me into a wrist guard or brace, however you want to say it. I'm supposed to wear for 2 weeks, which would be a removal this Tuesday, March 28. I asked when I could start lifting weights and I was told to wait a solid month, so I still have 2 weeks and 2 days to go for that.

      I was also advised to always wear my brace moving forward when I'm skating, especially for freestyle (jumps and spins), which I am happy to do. I'm almost back to my regular exercise regiment. Working out about 25 hrs a day, training for upcoming skating competitions. All with the exceptions of weight training, which I plan to incorporate back in slowly.

      My wrist and entire right arm are still sore. To be honest, it really still hurts somewhat, but it's a different kind of hurt if that makes any sense at all. For those that have had broken bones, you can immediately identify that kind of pain and this is not that severe but still noticeable. I'm not complaining or anything as I'm just grateful that I about done healing. To reiterate, I had a complete break and a fracture. Can't recall the technical terms that you guys use here, but it was completely broken under my thumb area and fractured under my pinky finger side. The doctor is not sending to me occupational therapy either but gave me some exercises to do at home if needed.

      The biggest thing right now on top of the existing pain is the stiffness as well as my range of motion is not completely restored. Granted, when my cast was removed, I was told the fracture was 100% healed and the complete break was about 95% so I'm hoping it will come back slowly but surely. I'm still relying on the left hand to do many tasks and I swear I still can't open a child proof medicine bottle yet. LOL! That said, I really have not tried to do a lot yet with my right hand as I thought I would just wait it out another 2 weeks. Not sure if that's the best course of action or not. I know it's not helping the stiffness but I don't want to risk the complete break displacing, even if it's probably closer to 99% healed by now. 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. And, I am getting better not worse, so I don't anticipate having to go back in for this injury (knock on wood).

      I do want to share (for what it is worth) that I loaded up on vitamins and minerals during my recovery period. 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. I also cut as many sugars and carbs back as possible and loaded up on the protein without overdoing it that much. I didn't want to put on a ton of weight and have to deal with getting it off, all while catching up on training. I did gain some, but not too terrible. I also cut out all OTC pain relievers as I was told it could actually slow down the healing process. 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. Thus, I don't think it affected my wrist healing in the bigger scheme of things. Perhaps I could have shaved off another week or so, if I stayed out of the rink and the gym, but who knows. :)))

      I continue to wish everyone the best of luck and as for me, I'm just hoping that I do get close to 100% functionality (for my right wrist of course) and don't have issues down with the road. I know that this will not likely be my last broken bone as long as I continue to compete, but I hope it's a long time in coming. This broken wrist really was one of the painful things that I've ever experienced. I really did find comfort by locating this site and reading everyone's comments. Thanks again!

      Best, Wendy

      p.s. @ Lizzy, I do understand at some level since I broke my wrist figure skating, actually doing a jump, I knew it was imperative for me to jump again as soon as possible. I actually went out and jumped before I was originally planning with my coach but felt that day that if I didn't do it right then and there, I might not ever do it again. 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. I don't think that we can fear life, I think we just have to engage at our own rate and pace. I think you're going to be fine. Hang in there!

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      Ann B 5 months ago

      hi i broke distal radius bone on both wrist, after 1 week I had to get plate and screws fitted so it has a heavy splint and bandaged up , the other one has a cast, its 3 weeks since accident , ( falling over dog lol) , is it usual to still be painful ,will they replace them with lighter cast as i cant do much for myself

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      lizzy 5 months ago

      Like a lot of people on here I also have a numbness to the outside of the hand on the wrist I broke, and my little finger is healing crooked, but I am carrying on with my physio exercises, but I have this real fear of falling when I walk and that makes going anywhere very stressful. It is now just over two and a half months since I broke my distal radius in my dominant hand, does anyone else get these fears of walking and falling and hurting their fracture again? If so does anyone have any ideas of how to deal with it I get really scared and then my legs get weak with fear, so any helpful suggestions to deal with fear would be wonderful.

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      Vinu 5 months ago

      A detailed and apt guide for people on wrist fracture surgeries and its healing process. Thanks

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      BobbyAg 5 months ago

      Ricardo don't know about your work life but you really MUST write a book and do motivational talks. These are some gems compiled from your posts. These have given me a different perspective on my last 9 months.

      -Every healing process can be an unique opportunity for personal growing and better understanding about ourselves and others.

      -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.

      -I am sending blessings and happiness your way and know your healing process is apart of learning more about yourself.

      -For me the worst thing during the first months was the fact that I created great expectations about fast recovery but know after 10 months I realize that it takes time and hard work to achieve it.

      -There’s no easy solutions for severe wrist fractures, we have to be calm and determined to adapt our self to our new condition.

      -I never thought it was so difficult to heal a wrist fracture but now that I know I can only say that patience is one of the most important factors to get better and to be able to appreciate every little thing we start doing again.

      -I have learned a lot since my accident but one of the most important was to know how much it means to have friends and people who cares about us during the rough moments.

      -Treat yourself gently and patiently, it will make all the difference while you`re recovering and healing from any fracture.

      -Some people may take longer to realize/accept that some experiences in life leave a few scars and perhaps also some limitations...

      -It could be worst! A couple weeks after the accident I realise that I could have die with that tumble :/

      -Right now I only feel pain during physical therapy and its good pain because it means I’m getting better :)

      -Still the daily physical therapy sessions feel like torture to me and every time the weather is rainy I choose to take Algimate (which doesn’t take all the pain but helps a little).

      -If you really want my opinion, the most important is to believe and keep doing as much physiotherapy as possible.

      -As to the pains I´m not sure... in my case I guess I got used to them and I no longer feel them anymore :)

      -The stiffness it’s mainly due to long immobilization period and it will diminish with continuous exercises.

      -Now, almost 5 years after my incident, I no longer think about other scenarios (like the first surgery which could have been much much different, and all that followed). After all they did help me when I needed.

      -It’s been almost 9 years since my incident, and although I don`t expect improvements, I still keep taking care of myself (food, supplements, physical activities, rest, music, etc.) knowing that the way I feel depends on how I treat myself.

      GOD BLESS YOU RICARDO.

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      Celtress 5 months ago

      Thank you for your post, the information is helpful.

      Two weeks ago while volunteering at a charity event, I fell from a ladder which resulted in a comminuted fracture of the left distal radius and, as a bonus, a fractured vertebrae. Fortunately, both are expected to heal without surgery. Today I got the big cast off and now sport a shorter, more fashionable purple cast.

      Best of luck to you, and to all here who share their stories.

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      5 months ago

      Hi!

      I broke my distal radius January 20th they performed a closed reduction at the emergency room. Had a splint fir 3 weeks got a cast on and removed it yesterday because it was too tight. Doctor said to wear a brace and start physical therapy next week. My wrist was immortalized for a total of 4 weeks. My wrist and hand is swollen and i am in pain is that normal? Im 30 years old is that enough time for a wrist fracture to heal?

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      Wendy McGee 6 months ago

      Thank you so much Ricardo. Again, very helpful information and I'm so glad you took the time to create this page and continue to stay engaged. Very encouraging to know that we've all been thru similar experiences and nice to know there is a light at the end of the tunnel eventually. I will definitely go stock on the recommended herbs you listed below. I really do prefer natural meds vs prescription opiates or even OTC pain killers. I've heard some can do more harm than good and actually delay the healing process. Especially in adults.

      I wish everyone well on the site too. Hope we can all get to the other side of this one. Unfortunately for me, it's definitely not my first broken bone and will more than likely not be my last so again, it's nice to be armed with all this useful data.

      take care and thanks, wendy

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      Ricardo Nunes 6 months ago from Portugal

      Thanks everyone! 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. Whishing you all fast and complete recovery!

      @Wendy McGee - Maybe calendula petals!? Aloe is also a very good plant for skin regeneration and diminishing pain. Garlic is recommended as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial. Keep us posted on your recovery, take care

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      Wendy McGee 6 months ago

      I broke my wrist in 2 places 4 weeks ago. I'm an athlete and the break was a result of jumping in figure skating. We have competition starting in Mid March and I've already backed out of the first one. In any case, I generally have a very high tolerance to pain, but this break is terrible. I switched to a short cast last week, they are changing every 10 days to get my arm an opportunity to stretch so I can get back to my sport. The other issue is that of course, it's my right wrist and yep, I'm right handed. I swear this has been the longest 4 weeks of my life. I finally got on skates for the first time last week, nothing too difficult, just trying to keep my legs strong and I continue to work out about 90 mins a day, but obviously not very aggressive stuff like before my injury. I'm just hoping and praying that I'm one of the lucky ones that gets this cast off in 2-3 more weeks. I read online about increasing your vitamin, mineral, protein & calories. I've done all but the calorie thing, can't risk putting on weight. I really would've thought the pain would be much better at 4 weeks. As uncomfortable as the long cast was, I wasn't in near the amount of pain, but I'll get used to this. Lastly, I was on the boarder line for surgery. I elected to not have b/c I figured I would be out of commission too long. My hand surgeon said, I would probably be fine without it.

      Just a quick question, I was reading about some herbal supplements to take to speed healing. Stuff like arnica, wild comfrey, horsetailgrass. Seems like there was one more, but I can't recall now. Does anyone have an experience with these herbs? Thanks much, Wendy

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      BobbyAg 6 months ago

      Its really nice to have found this and to share experiences with others.

      I'm 45 years old and 8 months into a distal radius fracture of my right hand.

      I fell on an outstretched arm while hiking in Swiss. Traveled 4 hours to reach my place of accommodation. Paramedic did a closed reduction. Taking an x-ray before and injecting a pain killer were both extremely painful. Then a cast was put on and I continued with my holiday for 5 days.

      Came back to my home country and went to a Ortho. Fresh x-rays showed that the closed reduction was good and in place. But the Ortho suggested K-wire to be on safer side. Went to two more Orthos got all conflicting advice. Finally went with the opinion to just change cast and be in cast for 6 weeks.

      After 4 weeks my hand became dark and was swollen resulting in cast being removed early. Ortho suggested Physio to get some motion back. Results not being satisfactory went into surgery for plate fixation at 8 weeks into fall. Bone grafting was avoided with great difficulty. Suture dressing and removal were extremely painful. Again cast for 2 weeks. And started Physio at 10 weeks into fall.

      Been 6 months of Physio now. 2 months daily and 3 months thrice a week. With home therapy routine starting with 4-5 times a day to even now 2-3 times a day.

      Developed mild crps which lead to unimaginable fingers stiffness which has not yet completely gone. Cannot touch my fingers to palm without mobilization.

      Even developed trigger finger in one of my finger which has not yet completely gone.

      Have developed keloid on my scar which made Physio more difficult. Keloid is stiff and itchy at times and restricts stretching exercises.

      Functionally I could do most things myself 3 months after my surgery. Since then working on getting more range of motion - upward/downward and sideways.

      Still been advised couple of more months of Physio. Looks like am going to complete a year.

      Been a long long journey.

      One needs to keep lots of patience and will power. And not give up. And shedding a few tears along the way. Like I'm about to now...

      Thanks Ricardo. Light n Healing to all of us...

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      Rita 6 months ago

      January 21st, I broke both bones in non dominant hand from a fall. ER Doctor, put me to sleep to set bones and applied a heavy cast. Orthopedic Dr. suggested surgery with plates and screws, this was done Jan. 24th. Received block that kept my arm numb for about 3 days. Yes I would suggest this to prevent the pain right after surgery. Stitches out Feb. 3rd. Insurance refused to pay for pain med. Dr. ordered so he gave a prescription for Tramadol, worthless as far as the pain, only caused severe constipation. Stopped taking and started taking Tylenol. I do the exercises Doctor recommended but my arm hurts continually a dull but annoying pain. Also the tip of my thumb is numb and I'm having pain above my elbow. Has anyone experienced this and if so what should I do. Oh by the way I just turned 70.

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      oldblackdog 6 months ago

      Thanks! Your extensive details - plus the comments from others - are a great help in understanding what is happening. I broke& displaced my left ulna and radius - non-dominant side - Jan 14th, while on a hike. Had surgery with a plate installed 1/26 then a cast for only a week. I had been trying to do wrist an finger movements on my own for a week, and when the sutures were taken out started official PT.

      I was flabbergasted at how much movement was lost, how weak my hand had become - and how much it hurts to push the movements necessary to recover function.

      My hand feels like a paw. And worse, how so far, none of the flexing and stretching carries over to the next session ( doing 5 or 6 sets a day. Clearly I need patience. if you got through double wrist rehab, I can do one. The pain I can generate doing exercises is worse than I had while splinted and awaiting surgery.

      I still have a lot of swelling - and am experimenting with using voltaren gel on the wrist and hand, to see if it might work as well or better than oral ibuprofen. I will try lymph node massage( as suggested by Anne ( I too have a bone chip).

      I am 70; I do wonder how my age may affect healing the bones. But for now it's getting those tendons to work that's a challenge. The Dr did say I didn't have to worry about causing more damage as I try to wrench my wrist up down and sideways.... [ It was hard to believe]

      This article is really helpful because in truth, no one took much time in explaining the likely time frames, and frustrations involved. Even the advice about how much to attempt is also vague. Simply knowing that the reactions are typical is a support - and that this is going to take time.

      Thanks Ricardo, and everyone.

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      Veronica Fiscus 6 months ago

      Thank you for the article. I fractured the distal radius and the ulnar styloid of my left wrist almost 3 months ago. I finished 4 weeks of physical therapy about 2 weeks ago. The only issue I have is rotation. When I open my hand it's almost flat, but if I rotate it the other way, it only goes about half way. So I can't reach up to touch my shoulder and small things like that. The doctor said that was the last thing to come back and so did the PT. But now I'm discharged from both. So when should I be worried if it doesn't improve? I'm left handed so it's getting a little annoying now. Thanks.

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      Anne 6 months ago

      I broke my distal radius and ulna three months ago in a fall, am 65 years old. I had an external fixator device on only the radius for 6 weeks. Three weeks after my fall my ortho told me to start rotating the wrist and I told him I couldn't. He didn't believe me and the first time I tried, the ulna dislocated and stayed out of joint for the next two weeks till I saw him again. He reset it with no anesthesia -- so painful, will never allow that again. So when he said there is no pain in removing the fixator device pins, I didn't believe it and took two pain pills before the appointment, which I would recommend to anyone having that done. Other than the first couple of days post surgery and the hours after my ulna was reset, that was the only time I've needed pain meds, but it's nice to have had them left over after surgery, because I really needed them for both of those episodes. I only wish he had let me take some during the reset of the ulna.

      I've been going to physical therapy twice a week and do exercises many hours each day. My hand freezes up within a half hour if I don't aggressively move it. I'm hoping the extreme stiffness will reduce over time because I can't just keep spending my life doing this.

      I had a lot of swelling in my hand for weeks and finally found some great tips on youtube videos that took the swelling down overnight. After finger and hand massage, I lightly massage the nodes in my neck and underarm toward the core and do some quick breathing exercises -- pretty quick, effective, easy and painless.

      I have a bone chip at the end of my ulna that causes nerve pain and I suspect always will. I can't rotate my wrist much and my ortho is upset about that, thinks I'm afraid of pain. It just feels like it won't move, not pain. I hate to see him because he usually jerks my hand, arm or shoulder in a hurtful way and tells me I'm not trying enough. I will probably switch orthos soon, I should not be afraid to see him or tell him what is going on. Thankfully I have a great physical therapist who I trust. Yes, sometimes it hurts but she stretches things first -- the ortho doc just wrenches things.

      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.

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      Karen 6 months ago

      Thank you for this information. I broke my left wrist (I am left handed) in a fall down a stairs in the dark when the hydro went off. I needed surgery with titanium plate and screws. It has been 9weeks and my whole hand is stiff and I cannot write or lift anything but very light things. When I turn my wrist it clicks and the little finger is healing bent and cannot straighten out. also that side of my hand is tingly as if there is damage to the nerves.

      I explained this to the surgeon but he did not recommend therapy

      Reading your story made me realize healing takes a long time. Thanks again!

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      JoAnne 6 months ago

      Thanks so much for your article. It was well written and very helpful. I am 5 weeks post fracture of my dominant wrist. I had a closed reduction with percutaneous pinning. My cast was removed last week and yes, having pins removed in the office was very painful! After reading your article, it made me feel better to know that my thumb pain is not unusual, & it will take a long time for the stiffness to subside. The doctor told me it could be a full year before the swelling is gone & I could wear my rings again. I start therapy in 2 weeks. Thank you again for your article and sharing your experience. While my fracture was not as severe as yours, it helped to know in advance that the pain, swelling and stiffness will probably be with me a lot longer than I anticipated but I am on the mend!

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      lizzy 6 months ago

      I have found reading everyone's stories very interesting, many of us seem to have similar experiences. I fell off a ladder on December 13 and had a distal radius fracture, I just knew I had broken my arm because somehow the pain was inside my skeleton. I was home alone so I had to call an ambulance, the pain was bad but by the time I got to hospital it was agony. I had the bones re-aligned under local aesthetic, and two days later I went back for an operation to pin and plate the bones under general aesthetic. I do get some pain, Im still in plaster cast, but my worst thing has been walking because I'm scared I will fall and hurt my arm again. I guess I have to work through this fear. I'm not normally fearful I horse ride and cycle. I have been taking calcium supplements and comfry to help my bones heal. I wish you all good healing.

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      Ricardo Nunes 7 months ago from Portugal

      Nice to meet you, Pamela, thank you for your comment. I personally believe that the pain, as you well said, has something to do with acceptance and that takes time... different brains/experiences, different time it takes. I`m sure you`ll make your time worth it, keep going with your routine exercises and soon you find that the pain is starting to ease. I never had any issue with my scars and they soon became part of me, they blended in fine. But of course I`m not a girl so I would perhaps recommend you to use regenerative and skin protective products as well as antioxidant supplements. Wishing you fast and complete recovery!

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      Pamela Morigeau 7 months ago

      While looking for info on wrist fractures I came across your site. It has been useful and like you, I haven't been able to find much about it. Well, I should say I haven't found much about detail recovery. I did find technical information such as medical description of procedure and recovery in very broad terms.

      I slipped on ice and landed on my right hand, my dominant hand. Ended up being a compound distal radius fracture with deformity, the bone looked like a pyramid.

      At the ER they did a closed reduction but the ortho recommended an open reduction to secure the bone. I thought well, 2 months in a cast and I'm good to go.

      The surgery went fine. When the arm block they gave me wore off, I felt like metal was cutting into my bones. The pain was pure agony. The meds felt like I was taking tic-tacs.

      You had the hardware removed without anesthesia!!!

      Stitches were removed and I felt like Sally from the Nightmar Before Christmas.

      From the day two after surgery I moved as much as possible my fingers. I read about stifness so I wanted to avoid it. It has been 4 weeks already from surgery and I don't feel pain if I do not move the hand. Now when I move it, specially my thumb to exercise it, it feels like I am in someone else's body. It hurts but in a weird kind of way like this effort is killing me, way. I do not give up. I do my routine exercises. I feel nervous, uncertain, I wonder is the pain of moving going to go away? I knew my hand was going to lack strength but I did not associate that with pain. I guess I did not really comprehend the severity of the injury or the surgery. I know now I have a long way to go but knowing and a acepting it are so different.

      Life is harder because my hand can't do anything. How long does it take for the pain to go away when you slightly use your fingers? How long to be able to use a pen or comb your hair? Simple activities? How does the scar look after? I am a girl so my vanity is concern.

      Thank you for sharing your story.

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      Ricardo Nunes 7 months ago from Portugal

      Hi James, thanks for your comment. Congrats on your recovery, it seems like you (and the doctors) did everything right. Personally I wouldn`t overdo with the pushups... of course it`s a great way to regain strength in your arms, but after a wrist fracture it`s natural that the injured wrist will struggle more before being able to hold the weight without pain. In my case I can only do fist push-ups because of my right wrist but I still prefer to do pull-ups grabbing something like a metal bar, depending on the setup you can do push-ups (if the bar is closer to the ground) or pull-ups (higher bar). And yes, I`ve also went through times when I pushed myself into more radical activities and even though it would make the pains worst the feeling of accomplishment was worth it. I`m not unrestricted but I make it look like I`m... :D

      Take care.

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      James 7 months ago

      A year ago I was climbing and fell about 15 feet onto my wrist. 24 hours later I was heading into surgery. I broke my radius, ulna, and scaphoid. The doctor put in a plate and a half dozen screws (which are still in there). Initially it was pretty devastating. Other than tearing my ACL, I have never had a major injury and I really didn't know what I was in for. After 6 weeks in a cast I was moved to a splint and then went through a month or two of PT. I have to say at that point I was extremely optimistic about my recovery and still am! I am one year out from the incident and I have full motion, hardly even think about it, and am not really restricted in any way. (Reading these other posts it seems like I have it really good).

      However... 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. For the first few days it was just like everything else... no significant pain or soreness. But just yesterday my wrist started aching more than it has in over 6 months. I am almost certain it is from the push-ups. This pain is a little disheartening because I truly thought I had gotten to a point where I was unrestricted.

      I guess I'm writing here to ask if anyone else pushes through pain for some activities? I'd really like to continue to do 50 push-ups a day. If its not damaging my wrist, and the pain is a side effect of strengthening then I'll keep going. Do you think the daily push-ups are bad for me? Should I use an ice or heat pack before or after the push-ups? (I know I could do fist push-ups, but I'd really like to use them to also strengthen my wrist). Thanks for the advice :)

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      Ricardo Nunes 7 months ago from Portugal

      Thank you all for commenting and sharing your experience and questions (sorry for my late replies). After a wrist surgery it`s normal to take a few months to regain normal sensitivity, the pin sensation can be result of the adjustments on the nervous system network. Of course that different people get different feelings/pains but it`s all needed for the body to heal from an injury. When a plate is needed, the time for the body to adjust can vary... sometimes muscles and tendons can take a long time to adapt to this new circumstance.

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      Shelly Katzung 7 months ago

      I broke my distal radius 7 months ago and had internal fixation. I still have pain in the wrist, and understand that full healing can take up to a year. But, yesterday when I was having a lot of pain at work, I started to massage the wrist, and noticed I get a sensation of pins an needles in the area when doing so. It does go away when I stop. Is this to be any concern? I also experienced a popping of the tendon over the knuckle of the middle finger, once I was able to regain any movement in the hand post surgery (probably about 3-4 weeks post op) Was seen by a hand surgeon, upon recommendation of the orthopedic surgeon), who said it is too hard to prove that it was caused by the fall or surgery or PT, because of the bone spurs and arthritis I have, and that it is due to my arthritis and bone spurs. I know I've had bone spurs in my hands, but never experienced this popping before the break. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thank you

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      Ruben 7 months ago

      Quick question, so 5 months ago I fractured the radius of my forearm and I had to undergo surgery which in fact now I have a small plate there now and my surgeon recommended me not to start weight lifting yet until my sixth month of therapy. I am now on my sixth month and I just started working out with a few 5 pounders and even 10. My arm somehow still feels weird and shaky and at times even looks crooked is all this normal? Due to the fact that my muscles are adjusting to the plate?

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      a girl 7 months ago

      Thank you for this. I have a distal radius fracture and the tip of my ulna broke as well (on x-mas eve). I just had surgery to get screws and a titanium plate put in. Your article is reassuring me that things are healing correctly. I had questions that you were able to answer. Thank you.

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      Sandy 7 months ago

      Thank you so much for sharing your story! I'm 62, fractured my my wrist 4weeks ago. Have pins, plate and screws, no cast, removable splint. The numbness and pain in my palm and fingers are my biggest issue. Will this ever get better? I know my wrist probably saved my life, because I hit my head but no concussion. My wrist took most of the damage. Again thank you for sharing!!

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      Bri 8 months 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

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      Valerie 8 months ago

      I broke my wrist and shattered bones in back o my hand on August 5th. It was put in a cast for two weeks. There was a 50/50 chance this would work. That was not the case. At the end of the two weeks I had to have it operated on with an external fixated with 11 pins. I too had this for two months and had the pins removed without any pain killers. Horrible pain. Two months later I am still doing exercises. Hand and wrist still hurt especially after exercise and is still swollen. Hand still stiff. I am also 68 and did this playing pickleball. Who knew it was such a dangerous sport. We. are now at 4 mos. Expect at least that long again. Most people say a yr. Hope for sooner.

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      Aloha Leslieq 8 months ago

      Thanks so much for your story! I'm a woman many years older than you (69), but pretty active. November 1, I broke my left ulna and radius playing pickleball and fell hard with my left hand behind to help break my fall. Totally unconscious, but the body knows how to protect other body parts. Like you, I had a internal fixation device and on December 9th, I had my cast removed. As a medical massage therapist, my greatest concern was having a complete healing as soon as possible so that I can return to work! I'm supplementing my diet with extra Calcium, Vitamin D, Magnesium and K2 to ensure strong, flexible new bone growth.Your story is very inspiring, definitely encouraging. It's helpful and hopeful to hear from others. Thanks again!!! Merry Christmas and Happy HolyDays!

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      Georgia 8 months ago

      I am only a kid and I think I have fractured Mr wrist it has lots of swelling and it is really sore and I can not bend it orobally my thumb feels slightly numb but I am going to the hospital to get it checked out I hope it is only sprained both my friends jumped on my wrist than I banged it against the wall andiI woke up it was SO SORE!!! It is summer holidays so I want it to only be sprained!

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      Cam 8 months ago

      Yes. Thanks for writing this. I broke my wrist mountain biking at a DH bike park. Though I'm in the physical therapy stage. I was just curious of how long it'll take to get full range. So thanks again

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      Ricardo Nunes 8 months ago from Portugal

      Fairly normal!? Come on Lynette... we all know how extraordinary you are! And I`m pretty sure you`ll become even better after going thru this healing process. ;)

      Sending much love and strength for those moments when nothing else seems to help, whishing you a fast and complete recovery.

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      Lynette 8 months ago

      Thank you for writing this. It has been helpful. I broke both my wrists at work. They were splinted right away. Since it was a workers comp issue I could not get into the orthopedist until the following week. He did surgery on both the next day. When they removed the stitches I was put in removable cast. It has been 5 since my accident and they are still very swollen, my palm is numb and bruised. After reading your story I have hope that I will get back to fairly normal.

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      Ricardo Nunes 9 months ago from Portugal

      Hi everybody! 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). 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. All your comments make this article more complete and useful for those who are now facing the healing process, thank You all! Whishing everybody fast and complete recovery, take care!

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      Ona66 9 months ago

      Hi everyone,

      I wrote couple months ago( unfortunately no one replied), but really no hard feelings. I broke my right wrist 4 months ago. Took my cast off at the beginning of August. went to 14 physio therapy sessions and I can say that I am feeling great. I can do everything with my right hand, and I am shocked that I am so good. I am 50 years old and the only thing is that I can't bend my wrist all way , but I am optimist it will come. I have no pain at all. I drive, clean, hold heavy bags, vacuum, cut with knight,mop,rinse and squeeze clothes ect..... my doctor is very surprised with me. I wish that everyone can feel , just the way i did. Good luck, and keep moving your hand as much as you can, because I did it a lot in the beginning.

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      victoria mckenzie stewart 9 months ago

      Thank you so much for your extremely informative article. I am 74 years old, female, now almost four weeks out of ER and three out of plate and screws surgery for radial beak/ulnar fracture). The timeframes you experienced are way way longer than anything I heard regarding my particular case. I have numbness in index and thumb on left hand. My most concerning symptom actually, but am told 99 percent of feeling returns! Again, I imagine this could take lot longer than - obliquely - projected. I do believe - although "doing very well" with hand therapy - I am in for a long haul full recovery - more like years than weeks or months.

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      DANIELLE 9 months ago

      wowzers, after breaking both my wrists at the drag strip on my motorcycle I'm not sure how I feel about it still. im three weeks in, two surgeries and really hope I'm on the quicker end for recovery and getting back on my bikes. Thanks for the write up I'm glad its not just me that does things like this.

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      Hamza 9 months ago

      I got my fracture playing foot ball.I just want to ask that can I resume my daily activities like playing and taking heavy things in my hand.

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      Iits Aravin 10 months ago

      i fractured my wrist 9 weeks ago... i can know move my wrist as per normal but i still have a little bit of pain in m wrist can you please explain y? i really cant wait till it heals

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      Ricardo Nunes 10 months ago from Portugal

      Thank you all for your comments! No one can tell you how long your pains will last... it`s up to you to find ways to mitigate pains (both physical and psychological).

      Pushups... only after 1,5 to 2 years I was able to do it but with my fists, it took time for me to regain my muscles. Thanks to martial art trainings and bicycling the process felt much easier!

      Wishing that all your pain can have an end soon!

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      Erin B 10 months ago

      Hello- I found your story, and the fact that you are a nutritionist very interesting. I believe vitamins D, C, fish oil, collagen, biotin and zinc have helped my healing process. I fractured my radius and ulna on July 18th. I had surgery the nest day with a plate and 12 screws put in. The plaster cast came off after 2 weeks and i had a removable splint instead, to facilitate physical therapy and massage. It's now been 10 weeks and I am back to most of my fitness activities. I have no pain, only a little stiffness but that continues to improve every day. The only thing i can't do right now is bear full weight on my hands like in a plank position or push up. Have you been successful in regaining the ability to do push ups? If so, how long after your last surgery did it take to be able to do them? Thanks for any insight you can offer!

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      CDB 11 months ago

      OMG, your treatment follows mine almost exactly...I knew I hadn't written it but it sounded exactly like mine. I broke both of mine in a fall back in 2000. Just recently, I broke one of them again. It is miserable and I hope every one heals nicely! Thanks for the article.

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      Sophie 11 months ago

      Thanks for this. I broke my wrist 5 weeks ago on holiday in New York. I was getting out of a taxi when the driver drove off with me half in the car! I hit a parked car and tumbled and was dragged slightly along the road. I'm in the shorter cast now and it's due to be taken off in a week or so but I've been getting really sharp pains the last few days. They seem to happen when I catch my wrist in a certain movement and are so painful. Is this normal? It was less painful near the beginning! Thanks.

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      Simen 11 months ago

      Hey!

      I got in an accident 5 years ago. I got an hairline fracture on distal radius, witch went almost all trough the bone. Since then I have had problems with pain, in different severity. It seems to get worse when cold and after activities like driving long distances or writing on the computer for a long time. I can neither play sports like volleyball, basketball etc.

      I have had several trips to the doctor, and they have always said that I should be totally fine in a couple of days. I have taken a lot of x-rays, the last one was about 1 1/2 year ago now, but they never see anything. I get an bandage to use until it's good again, and that's it. Then it goes some days, some weeks maybe if I'm lucky, and it's back. Now I have just stopped going to the doctor even if it's really bad, because it will only be a waste of money.

      I guess I just wonder if this is normal, or the doctors may have screwed up somehow. It just can't be possible that I sprain my wrist every time I play basketball or the weather gets cold...

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      Ricardo Nunes 11 months ago from Portugal

      Sometimes when checking this page and its commentaries I wish none would ever brake a bone anymore... I even (almost) forget it happened to me too...

      Pains... such a difficult subject. It all depends on the person and circumstances... I tried my best to reduce painkillers intake by the less amount possible. I would recommend natural painkillers...

      Regaining arm, hand and fingers mobility... I can only talk about arm and fingers results because my wrists were not expected to have mobility anymore. I think that after this kind of injury most people are afraid and avoiding any movement, I believe it`s just a natural respond. I struggled to regain back my right arm movements because I spent too much time without almost any movement... only after many sessions of physiotherapy ("painotherapy") my body/mind started to work together and I was able to adapt this new situation.

      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).

      My thoughts are with those going through pain and suffering... wishing a fast and complete recovery! Take good care.

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      Farzy 11 months ago

      Hi everyone

      I broke my left wrist 5 weeks ago. Yesterday I went to the hospital and the doctor took my cast off but when I came home, after I couldn't turn my hand at all but also the doctor gave me another appointment next but please I would love to know why can't I turn my hand..

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      Jolynn 11 months ago

      Hello and thank you so much for this information! I am only 5 days out from surgery on my left arm, fractured distal radius while on vacation in Florida. I have plate and 9 screws after tumbling down rock stairs in the dark. As you say it could have been much worse! I didn't even hit my head. Escaped with broken arm and lots if bruises. This is the type of info we crave after a fall and or break. Much more than we get from our medical professionals . Thank you not only for the info and first hand experience (no pun intended) but also for the optimism that situation will improve! I see ortho specialist tomorrow for redress and next steps. Can't wait to get back to boot camp exercise , which probably helped that it was not worse to begin with! I am 58 years old, with my first ever broken bone. Take care, continue to heal! Jo

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      Heather 11 months ago

      how long can I expect to have severe pain I have broken my wrist & have k wires instead of a plate due to the fact I have had ancillary node clearance due to breast cancer it is 4 weeks since I fell & I am still in a lot of severe pain I am on endone & panadol as directed by dr but this is only taking the edge off it I don't want to have to keep taking these strong painkillers but I am not coping with the pain I had my cast renewed last week as I had severe swelling that is all ok now we live about 4 hrs from drs I don't know if I need to contact the dr again or not as all they did about it last week was write another script for more endone if anybody has any suggestions to help ease the pain I would be most grateful I have used ice packs heat packs & elevation Regards H

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      Ona66 12 months ago

      Hello again,

      I started phisio 2 weeks ago. I did 3 sesions so far and my hand is felling better, although my wirst is not bending forward at all.Phisio therapist is focusing in this movement. I have lots of pain after the phisio, but honestly I don't mind it. I am just wondering if my wrist will be moving forward at all. Please let me know if you went through this experience. Thank you!

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      naomi 12 months ago

      thsnk you for all that information. i fractured my distal radius 9 weeks ago. i should have had an operation, but decided not to. as a result i am still severely disabled. i am thinking of having the operation - they will have to cut the bone, and insert screws, etc. i am still unable to drive and have much pain.

      please reply to my e-mail nbloch2@gmail.com

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      Ricardo Nunes 12 months ago from Portugal

      Hi, Abdul! The healing process is always different and each person has different ways of going through it... in your case, did you got internal plates? Did your doctor said you`ll have to go through any more surgery?

      You soon will start physiotherapy and that will help you to relearn how to use your hand and fingers without feeling pain. Some people may take longer to realize/accept that some experiences in life leave a few scars and perhaps also some limitations... whishing you all the best and a fast and complete recovery. Take care!

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      Abdul 12 months ago

      Hey thank you for that article

      Which I found while searching for more information to calm my worries

      I broke my wrist while skateboarding, had external fixtion for 2 month and now it's already removed, honestly I do worry why I can't move my hand easily wzout pain! And how long it should take to be like before and it gonna be 100% as before or it's just a dream ! 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 ! I see it need like 2 to 4 years to be as before and it won't be 100% right ?

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      Ricardo Nunes 12 months ago from Portugal

      Thank you for all your comments! Sorry for being away and not replying to everyone on time.

      I must admit sometimes I feel overwhelm and I struggle to find words for each and everyone who share his/her experiences with broken wrist... it`s been almost 9 years since my incident, and although I don`t expect improvements, I still keep taking care of myself (food, supplements, physical activities, rest, music, etc.) knowing that the way I feel depends on how I treat myself. Every healing process can be an unique opportunity for personal growing and better understanding about ourselves and others.

      Treat yourself gently and patiently, it will make all the difference while you`re recovering and healing from any fracture.

      My thoughts are with you and everyone that went or is going through some rough times.

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      Jessica 12 months ago

      Hey... I broke my right wrist about a little more than a year ago. I hasn't hurt since a while ago but now I can't even ride a bike or vacuum. I don't know if this is temporary or maybe I should go to the doctor? If anyone could tell me some tips that would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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      Ona66 12 months ago

      Hi everyone!

      I broke my wrist 6 weeks ago.Cast was taken off after 5 weeks an splint was put on for a week. 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. I can make a fist , but that's all I can do. Please anyone can tell me is this normal?? I tried to put my hand on the table and let my wrist hang a little , but withou any result. My wrist is frozen like an ice block :(

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      Lisa 13 months ago

      Hi all, I hope someone can help!!!!!

      I broke my right wrist 5 months ago and still stiff etc like expected, however, today I was sat on floor and without thinking I tried to stand by pushing down on wrist, I heard a crunch and extreme pain run up my arm. My wrist is now swollen and very painful, and I also have pain running up my radius.

      Anyone have any ideas what I may have done, surely it won't just break again just like that??? I have taken painkillers, elevated it and applied ice but hasn't made a lot of difference.

      HELP!!!

      Thanks in advance x

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      Jill 13 months ago

      Hi there,

      I broke my left wrist 5 days ago falling off a low wall. It was broken in 4 places and I had a plate and screws put in.It is painful but I am coping.I have no plaster only a dressing and want to know when I should start exercises to improve mobility.I am worried that I might make things worse.I am 59 and worried as I also had a serious break in right upper arm about 5 years ago

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      Sarah 13 months ago

      So relieved to find this & read everyones experiences. I've been having a bit of a panic, feeling like a complete wuss with no pain tolerance! I broke my left wrist (radius, displaced), 4 weeks ago. I live in France, breed horses & was just finished a poultice on a horses hoof when I lost balance & fell awkwardly. They planned to plate it the next morning but during the night it moved, blocked my circulation & they had to do a quick general anesthetic, closed reduction & plaster.

      Today they re-xrayed, its still in place & the radiologist told me it still had a little way to go to be completely healed. I saw the consultant, the next thing they've taken my cast off, wrist agony every time I moved, & sent me off with a note for the physio. No aftercare notes, just told not to use my sling anymore.

      My physio was more helpful, sympathetic, told me to do hot & cold soaks (as its still very swollen), try to move my fingers, use my sling & put a support bandage on it. First physio session is on Monday. I have a wheat bag that is brilliant, heat up in the microwave & it stays warm for 30 mins. I have no movement vertically or horizontally & my thumb can only reach to my first two fingers.

      I'm terrified of rebreaking it, is that mad? Is it likely just from moving it out of its comfort zone?

      I've caught/moved it a couple of times & the pain has been so terrible I've cried. I'm still trying to work with the horses/around the farm but without my cast it feels really vulnerable. I just want to wrap it up/splint it. I'm dreading sleeping tonight. Is it normal to be scared to move it?

      One thing I have been doing to help heal quicker is take a lot of extra vitamins/minerals for bones. Having done a lot of research I settled on a Calcium, Zinc, Magnesium supplement plus seperate ones for D3, K2, Triple Boron & Omega 3 & a protein powder (double chocolate :-) ) to get an extra 23g of protein per day. Is it working? Well 4 weeks & out of my cast would suggest yes, just wish the pain was less.

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      Sandy 13 months ago

      Hi. Thanks for creating this forum.Some very encouraging stories. I am telling myself that i am having a 5 week holiday on the couch?? I am 3 weeks in after falling and breaking both wrists. My age of 56 is a concern. my left is simple break and have just had the cast removed and a splint on so I am sure it will be fine. The right in not a nice break and goes into the joint which is a worry. I was very fortunate to have been sent to an orthopaedic who only treats hands. it was borderline between plates and just cast. He manipulated into position in his rooms and put it into a cast and fortunately last week it was x-rayed and is still in position. He is hoping to remove cast after only 5 weeks as he says the 6th week is where the stiffness really sets in. I have been feeling like a baby over the pain but am encouraged that it is a real thing for everyone. I have been devastated as I am a potter and work on the wheel. It is my livelihood as well as passion. A lot of the processes for wheel work use the wrists so I am hoping it will be good physio but can only imagine how sore it is going to be!! My first deadline is for a month after the cast comes off - do you think it will be possible?

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      aom 13 months ago

      what a lucid narration.

      i can imagine being on board the same train (having broken my right wrist).

      your experience is a brilliant answer session to most frequently asked questions pertaining to wrist fracture.

      thank you

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      julie 14 months ago

      Thank you. Most searches for broken wrist say 6 to 8 weeks and 20 weeks in with a plate that looked remarkably like your x ray I was feeling desponde with my lack of recovery and slow pace. I broke my neck in the same fall. I just want my body back. Reading your story gave me breathing space not to be so hard on myself. Maybe a year maybe two seems a much more realistic goal. Thanks

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      Howard 17 months ago

      Hi! I fell off on one of those telescopic ladders.It must have un-locked. 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.

      The wrist is the major problem, as there is too many small bone to plate. The CT scan revealed all the bones had broken in a circular shape just where my wrist watch was.( I must of fell onto my wrist and crushed the watch between the concrete and my hip).

      The specialist advise was to let the bones heal as they are as it will give them something to work on when they set? I've had three operations up to now and now have a fixation on to keep the radius in place while the bone heal?.

      Going forwards I was told they might be able then plate it, fuse the radius to my hand the shorten the ulna bone?.

      This is going to be a long, long, road to recovery.

      It was nice to read your blog as you have been through something of the same and come out the other end, and given me food for though.

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      macy langley 19 months ago

      i boke my arm was in a cast for six weeks which was tight and painfull . i got my cast off thinking i would be fine but just a little pain but to my suprise! my arm felt very heavy , and week from my uper arm to my fingers! 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 was unaware of this happing! i try to move my arm and fingers but moving my wrist is very painfull and can not move it much , am worryed on how long it will be before my arm is back to like it was before i broke it

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      Cougmom 19 months ago

      Hi Stepper, like you I have a plate in my wrist and I am approaching the one year anniversary of my break and surgery. Personally, I would not subject myself to an unnecessary surgery. I don't care for the idea of having "something" in my body either, but the idea of another surgery overrides that! Just my perspective, good luck in your decision making process on this!

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      Ricardo Nunes 19 months ago from Portugal

      Hi Stepper! I kept my metal parts... they took the first plates and replaced them during the last surgery... and I will only remove them if any problems come up. Take care!

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      Charlygirl 19 months ago

      Thanks I broke my wrist and hopefully 1st n last bone... It really helped reading your article I didn't know how much time this would take... Ugh the agony... Since doc put it back n place much better but still healing n I'm in a splint go back 2 weeks for my cast yeah...

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      Ricardo Nunes 22 months ago from Portugal

      Thank you, Elaine! Your comment show us how strong you are. Wishing you well, take care!

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      Elaine 22 months ago

      This has been an Awesome website, So Glad I Found it.....My Sister ( slammed) her car door shut on my hand and Broke my wrist and 3 fingers +that bone between the thumb and finger + it cut my middle finger over a year ago, and I Still Have a lot of pain (all they done @ the hospital after they x-rayed it was put a hand brace on it. I also have arthritis in my fingers now to where it hurts to just move my fingers, Thank-God it was just my left hand since I am right handed. I had a Stroke when I was 47--just woke up and when I stood up I just fell over & broke my left foot and it was paralized for about 2 months & that left me with a drop foot, I had several Strokes during that year So I started going to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville Florida (I live in Orlando) to find out Why I kept having So Many Strokes, Then I had a Stroke on Christmas Day of 1998 and they took me by ambulance from a hospital in Orlando to Jacksonville (2 hours away) and done my 1st Brain Surgery (took 13 hours & I was in a Coma for 2 weeks & had the Brain of a 7 yr. old for Several Months. Since then I have broken 2 ribs, my Toe twice had 10 staples in the back of my head 2 times 2 years apart, was imbedded on my youngest sons Weight Bench on a steel rod the size of my little finger and since I was on Cumadin (blood thinner) They said I could have bled to death before I got to the hospital, had 10 Stitches.....

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      Ricardo Nunes 24 months ago from Portugal

      Hi Stepper! Thank you for your comment. As long as you have no complains I don`t see why you should remove them... but talk with your doctor just to be sure. I haven`t remove mine and I don`t intend to... unless some problem would occur of course. As you say it`s always another surgery with all its potential complications. Take care.

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      Stepper 24 months ago

      Hi. I broke my wrist approx. 1 yr. ago (07/29/2014) and had plate and screws to hold bones in place while healing. I did not like the idea, at the time, of having the hardware in my body and the doc told me that I could have it removed in one year. It is now one year out and I am thinking about having the metal removed but am concerned that I am going to put myself through a surgery that isn't necessary since I do not have any significant problems.

      I am also concerned about going through the surgery again and opening myself up to potential complications.

      Would you suggest having them removed anyway?

      Thank you for your reply.

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      Ricardo Nunes 2 years ago from Portugal

      Hi Mwansa, thank you for commenting. If I understood right you only started to feel pain after one year, perhaps you began doing things that forced your injured hand? In my case I had lots of pain before and after each surgery, but after some months I got rid of my pains. You should try to talk with your doctor and see if there`s something you can do to stop the pain. Wishing that your pains go away! Take care.

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      Mwansa 2 years ago

      I really appreciate each ones fracture experience. I broke my hand one year ago, they told me that the hand is malunion, but I was able to write and use it for the easy jobs. But now I have started to feel the pain on my hand fracture, what should I do? or will it stop on it's own? It's now almost a year after the accident.

      Please help me!

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      Ricardo Nunes 2 years ago from Portugal

      Sorry to hear, Baggy. Thank you for your comment and stay strong... I`m 100% or more now, thank you! Wishing you a fast and complete recovery! :)

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      Baggy 73 2 years ago

      I am amazed by your story and what you have been through !! Knowing that you cannot do the things you used to take for granted before is something im feeling now . I had a motorcycle accident 2 months ago which resulted in me having a plate and screws in my left wrist . Basically , I hit a bank at low speeds going around a corner and knowing i was going to crash I released the grip on the bars and waited for the thud . I flew off and actually fractured my left wrist putting my hands out to stop my fall , which is a natural reaction . The pain was imense and I knew after breaking my collar bone in a mountain biking accident before that it was a horrible break . After the op which was a week later I realised how bad it was . Two weeks after the op , the plaster came off and I was gutted . It looked horrible and swollen and stiff as a board . Physio has started and im still off work , and even though im getting there slowly , this has to be the worst of my accidents to date . In my lifetime ive broken my arm , wrist twice , collar bone , and my right thumb which needed temporary pins in . I do think im here for a reason , I must be !! Joking aside , ive got a long way to go and even though its nothing like yours , i know i have to start again with some things . Bones heal but its everything else in my hand that hurts the most . Its very sore and stiff and aches , wow does it ache but hey im still here so im lucky i suppose . Hope your recovery is a positive one as ive had a few very dark days and weeks lately . Support from family and friends is crucial and work needs to be understanding too in order for us to recover as worrying about getting layed off only proplongs our recovery . Take care and I hope you are 100 % now

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      Ricardo Nunes 2 years ago from Portugal

      Hi Fifi, thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your experience with us all. Very glad to know that you`re dealing so well with your healing process, keep up your great effort! Feel free to share your progresses with us, it`ll be very much appreciated! All the best to you!

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      Fifi 2 years ago

      Hi Everyone.

      At the end of May this year I was rolerblading and fell on my outstreched hand. When I saw my hand it was hanging. I knew I broke my hand. I was taken to hospital, it was Friday night. After X-ray had done doctor said me that the sugrery would be necessary. I broke radius on two places. Two days later I had operation. A plate was insered. I was in hospital 3 days. During my stay in hospital I was showen exercies for my fingers, to touch with thumb each finger, to turn glass. I had a cast about 15 days, than 1 week bandage. 3 weeks after surgery I started with therapy, hydrotherapy and magnetic therapy, and exercising for the wrist. I included and swimming. And doctor who operated me said me to play the darts and dribbling with ball.

      I have been exercising more than one mounth and I see a great improvement. My frist is still swollen a bit, but it is not so horrible. I do exercises several times a day.

      I play a lot with a basket ball, also I am able to shoot from a distance about 6 metres, and sometimes I score. It is a great progressing in strengthening my left hand. When I am shopping I taking groceries with my left, operated, hand. Now I am able to pick up and open a jar of honey, weight 1 kg.

      Also I exercising with sponged balls.

      My operated hand is a bit thicker than the right hand. I do not know is it because of the plate.

      I wish to everyone fast recovery.

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      Ricardo Nunes 2 years ago from Portugal

      Hi AdventureGuide, great to see you again! eheheh So glad to read your comment... it`s a warm feeling knowing that sharing my experience really helped you through yours, thank you! All the best to you too! :)

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      AdventureGuide 2 years ago

      Hey just wanted to update on my wrist fracture recovery. It has been 9 months since my slip into the lake, breaking my wrist and having surgery. I have gone from pain that was so intense that tying my bathrobe literally almost made me pass out....to now being able to do push ups with barely any pain at all. Amazing!!! I so appreciate my wrists...and especially the one that was broken!

      My only advise to anyone currently going through the aftermath of a break and surgery....is to do the rehab. Holy cats, rehab was painful, but the results were amazing. When I started rehab...I couldn't even move my fingers. I remember walking into my first session and having it in my head that I was going to have a spa like treatment....hahaha!!! OK...it is NOTHING like a spa treatment other then they warmed my whole arm up with soft white heated towels before they "maneuvered" my wrist, fingers and arm. I held my breath for some of it and slow breathed through the rest. But here is the most important part....every day I went my hand began to move a little bit more then it did before. I convinced myself that the pain was definitely worth the gain. I also did all of the exercises. If you don't have insurance that pays for rehab....there are quite a few YouTube videos online that can walk you through the exercises. The main thing the folks that did my rehab told me was to just keep using my hand.

      Fun ride...again...thank you for this wonderful site. I remember how I read it over and over when my break first happened. I guess just knowing that other people had gone through this experience and not only survived...haha...but eventually found relief from those first few weeks and months. This was very comforting!

      My best to you and all of the other folks here that are healing!

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      Ricardo Nunes 2 years ago from Portugal

      Wishing you the best recovery possible! What did your doctor said about start moving your fingers?

      After a while without moving my fingers (and arms) I found it difficult to use them and to make full movements... that`s where the physiotherapy had a huge role. Take care!

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      Tripping 2 years ago

      This was really nice to have X-ray's name of bones etc. I was doing odds and ends getting ready to take a trip. Any way I ended up falling backwards cought my self and knew it was bad, a end of bone was not where it should have been. So no visit to Ca for a while. I'm 71 and was glad to see all the good information. I had surgery 4 days ago and have screws into my wrist. It is still padded but they say they are taking it off. I sort of wish they would leave the padding on. Bless your heart having both wrists broken at the same time. This has been very very painful. Just one. I feel bad for you but glad you shared, it makes me thankful I didn't do both wrists . I was looking to see if moving my fingers now was a good idea or not. I want to do the right thing so I can use it.

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      Ricardo Nunes 2 years ago from Portugal

      Hi BeatsMe, thank you. Loving ourselves... the only hard work worth while. No sacrifice! ;)