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how long will it take before i can write again after healing from a broken wrist?

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Writing should be: A thing you are doing now. As use of fingers and structures ie the muscles of the fingers that start in the forearm is good therapy and exercise even if still being treated. Writing does not just come fromthe wrist or fingers but the brain and the entire arm. One can write even with a pen taped to a cast without fingers!. The sooner one starts doing "normal" activity the quicker you feel normal.
Dr. Milan Sen
Dr. Milan Sen answered
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Start now: One of the worst things to do after breaking your wrist, is to not use your hand. Whatever method is used to treat your break, you are able to use the hand for light activity such as writing. It is important that you are moving your fingers immediately to prevent stiffness, and although your handwriting may be terrible at first, you should try it.

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