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How is supination made difficult with a radius fracture near the wrist?

How is supination made difficult with a radius fracture near the wrist?

Supination rotation: Of the forearm to place the palm up often is diminished even with simple fractures that are casted because when one sits in a cast they tend to hold the forearm pronated when elevating, and for fractures that typically displace, slight pronation and flexion is the preferred casted position. Therapy is the first line of rx., encouraging motion, and doing exercises often helps to start ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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I've removed kwires from my healed ulna and radius fracture and I would like to know when will I get full motion of wrist and when will it be stronger?

I've removed kwires from my healed ulna and radius fracture and I would like to know when will I get full motion of wrist and when will it be stronger?

Much depends upon th: E extent of injury, residual deformity, tissue factors, general health etc, but assumong good health and adequate alignment for a n injury that was treatable with expectant decent results it typically is a 3-4 month procress from injury to feeling more normal but subtle things can linger for months later. Despite returning to full activity long before that. Note this is a very general answer. ...Read more

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What is a left colles' fracture; displacement of left radius fracture present? If my wrist is broke, why does my elbow look broken too?

What is a left colles' fracture; displacement of left radius fracture present? If my wrist is broke, why does my elbow look broken too?

Have it checked: At times one can have fractures of your wrist as well as your elbow. So if you are concerned make sure to tell you orthopaedic surgeon. X-ray of your elbow will then be needed to rule out any fractures/dislocations there. Colles fracture is a type of distal radius (wrist fracture) -- the name is based on the direction of the distal fracture fragment displacement. ...Read more

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How long should I expect to be out of work? I went to the ER sun and was told that both my wrists are broken 1 with radical styloid fractured potentially scaphoid fracture, the otherdistal radius fracture. I work in customer service field on the computer

For: For either one of these injuries alone, you could be expected to do computer work within a week or so, though a bit slower than your usual pace. However, with both wrists broken, it becomes much more difficult. Basic hygeine and eating can be difficult if both wrists are in casts.

A radial styloid fracture, in and of itself, is not usually problematic and heals in about 6 weeks. However, it can be a marker for a more severe injury to the scapolunate ligament--part of the cornerstone of the wrist. You need to see a hand surgeon to determine if there is significant ligament instability. Sometimes the portion of the fracture that goes through the joint shifts and needs to be fixed surgically. Either of these situation would prolong the healing time. If there is indeed a scaphoid fracture, that wrist could be limited much longer, sometimes up to a year.

The distal radius fracture depends on the fracture pattern. Most of these do not involve the joint, but can tip backwards and distort wrist mechanics. If it displaces, it may require surgery. Unfortunately, these can move at 2-3 weeks after injury.

In short, your recovery time depends on the "personality" of the fractures and any associated injuries. If all goes especially well, you might be out of casts by 6 weeks, but there are a lot of other factors. ...Read more

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I hurt my left wrist. After2wks, doc told me there was question of a distal radius fracture. Doc wants repeat x-rays. Is it necessary? Pain has improved.

Radius fracture: Even nondisplaced radius fractures are getting better we can benefit from splinting and restricting activities and in time knowing what to expect is a good thing there are also some fractures that may feel better but actually have articular involvement that need to be addressed even though it feels better than it did so Xray ...Read more

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Wrist pain/swelling and constant need to "crack/pop" wrist after intraarticular distal radius fracture a year ago. Fracture healed; what can it be?

Wrist pain/swelling and constant need to "crack/pop" wrist after intraarticular distal radius fracture a year ago. Fracture healed; what can it be?

Ligaments: There is a good probability that your ligaments may be injured and an MRI would be in order to rule that out. Arthritis would be another reason ...Read more

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How long will in take for my radius fracture to heal?

Variable: Radius fractures come in many varieties depending where the fracture is, the degree of displacement or malalignment, the method of treatment etc. Typically the bone can be stable for use after 6-8 weeks but return to normal function / use can take longer. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a distal radius fracture?

What is the best treatment for a distal radius fracture?

Radius fracture: It is hard to generally give a best answer for this very large category of injuries except to say that the treatment option is very specific with respect to the many factors such as age, extent of injury. Displacement. Articular involvement iopen or closed injury. Quality of soft tissues. And finally what the goals of treatment are and what the extent that the patient wants to go through things ...Read more

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What should I do to treat a distal radius fracture? My doc told me I had it after 2wks. The pain has improved. Will the fracture heal by itself? Can type.

Be compliant: Certainly would want to follow doctors orders. Typically some form of immobilization is appropriate and over a 8-12 week period most radius fractures will be well healed. Discuss the specifics of your case with your doctor. ...Read more

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Radius fracture for 10 days pass then do reduction, can the pulling cause the fracture from intra-articular become Comminuted? After pull seems worst?

Reducing fracture: Does not add to comminution. It may make the comminution seem more apparent as the fracture is lined up. At times initial X-rays may not reflect all the comminution either as the rotation in the initial trauma views may not be as ideal for visualizing the joint or the fragmentation. Often with treatment more specific cray are taken. THE traumatic event far exceeds the force of a reduction maneuver ...Read more

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Distal radius fracture orif surgery 20 days aft inj, no restrictions or cast, went to wrk d except 3 post op, could this cause nonunion now in 8th mnt?

Distal radius fracture orif surgery 20 days aft inj, no restrictions or cast, went to wrk d except 3 post op, could this cause nonunion now in 8th mnt?

Possibly: Searching for the reason for the non-union is not as productive as identifying the solution. Delayed union is nomally defined as three months without x-ray evidence of healing. Non union 6 months-so you need a solution-usually repeat surgery with bone graft. ...Read more

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5 weeks in a cast for non displaced distal radius fracture. Can rotate my thumb but not bend it. Also experiencing a numb, pins and needles sensation?

5 weeks in a cast for non displaced distal radius fracture. Can rotate my thumb but not bend it. Also experiencing a numb, pins and needles sensation?

Tendons to the thumb: Cross over the radius and can be irritated and painful when there is a distal radius fracture. The thumb tendon that raises the thumb can be prone to rupture also. The thumb muscle that flexes the tip originates on the radius and surgery can disturb it transiently. Speak to your surgeon ...Read more

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Wrist fracture pronation and supination. What exercises do docs recommend for this?

Wrist fracture pronation and supination. What exercises do docs recommend for this?

Depends: What kind of fracture will determine the proper rehab including supination and pronation. This infor should be conveyed by your doc to the pt folks. ...Read more

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I'm just recovered from wrist fracture at radius after closed reduction. I'm 22 and an aspiring bodybuilder. Is this injury affects my career in future?

Optimistic: Having a closed reduction on the radius fracture sounds like a very stable fracture to begin with. If you can rest and follow up with the orthopedic surgeon I don't see any reason why you couldn't get back to competitive lifting without any consequence. The key is to rest and follow your rehab. ...Read more

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How often do I need physiotherapy for fractured wrist (radius)?

How often do I need physiotherapy for fractured wrist (radius)?

SOMETIMES: It all depends upon the severity of the fracture and the length of treatment

sometimes I do not send to therapy but allow the patient to follow up in a week or two and note progress (or lack of)

other times the other extreme...Therapy is clearly needed often 3-4 x per week. ...Read more

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What can I do if I bent my radius wrist bone a tiny bit, and have a greenstick 'fracture'?

What can I do if I bent my radius wrist bone a tiny bit, and have a greenstick 'fracture'?

Cast: Typically a minimally displaced radius
fracture will be immoblized for 4-6 weeks
to allow the fracture to heal
that assumes that the iniital fracture is lined
up in an acceptable positon.
If it is not, you might need to have the fracture
reduced. ...Read more

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My 14 yo son just fractured his wrist. It's a closed fracture of the distal radius. Will the cast be a short cast? Or cover the whole arm?

My 14 yo son just fractured his wrist. It's a closed fracture of the distal radius. Will the cast be a short cast? Or cover the whole arm?

Wrist fracture: This depends on the severity and stability of the fracture. If it is a displaced, unstable type fracture that requires a reduction (manipulation to straighten the bone), a long arm cast (above elbow to knuckles) is typically used for immobilization. If the fracture is non-displaced and stable, a short arm cast (below elbow to knuckles) is often acceptable. ...Read more

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Are there any long term effects on wrist or hand of surgically fixed (plates and screws) proximal fractures in both ulna and radius of same forearm?

Possibly: The long term effects are related more to the fracture itself, rather than the paltes and scews. In normal wrist motion the radius bone rotates around the ulna bone, so a fracture tio either bone can cause a deformity which can limit this rotation. ...Read more

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Hx of approx 30 fractures l arm/wrist, lately a lot of pain n fluid in wrist where radius/ulna meet metacarpals. Is n ultrasound needed any radiation?

Hx of approx 30 fractures l arm/wrist, lately a lot of pain n fluid in wrist where radius/ulna meet metacarpals. Is n ultrasound needed any radiation?

What about MRI?: Ultrasound does not use radiation, and can be used to look for fluid or evaluate soft tissues, but it is not good for looking at the bones themselves.

Consider MRI to look for fluid, at the soft tissues, and inside the bones at the bone marrow. ...Read more

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Comminuted intraarticular distal radius wrist fracture when will I be out of the woods as far as having it fused if hardware doesn't hold? 2 lb limit

PostTraumatic Dz: Assuming it was fixed well you may never need anything else done. The good news is a study not too long ago showed that xray appearance of posttraumatic arthritis doesn't correlate with pain. I tell my patients once the bone is healed have at it in terms of use and should symptoms ensue then cross that bridge if needed. I would tell you these have pain in them 6-9 months before max improved. ...Read more

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Distal radius wrist fracture, I now in cast 3 weeks. Why my fingers feel less painful when I run them under hot water. Is it ok to run under hot water?

Distal radius wrist fracture, I now in cast 3 weeks. Why my fingers feel less painful when I run them under hot water. Is it ok to run under hot water?

Loosens fingers: OK to run fingers under hot water as long as you don't get your cast wet. Exercising your fingers gently is a good idea. ...Read more

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Throbbing pain in wrist, compound fracture radius ulna 14years ago? Two metal rods still in place today. Allergic to anti inflammatory medication.

Throbbing pain in wrist, compound fracture radius ulna 14years ago? Two metal rods still in place today. Allergic to anti inflammatory medication.

Check with a Hand MD: With a history of previous wrist trauma, it is worrisome that you are now having increased wrist pain. Recommend xrays and a consult with a fellowship trained hand surgeon. ...Read more

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I fractured my wrist 6 weeks ago (fracture right distal radius). I had a below-the-elbow cast which came off yesterday. I am wearing a splint Would you advice to play soccer on Saturday? What can I wear to protect my wrist further?

Ask your orthopedist: In a young healthy person, at 6 weeks, a fracture is usually healed. However, I do not know the details or severity of your injury. It is easily possible to fall playing soccer and reinjure it, which would be horrible. You need to follow the advice of the person who knows the details of your injury - your orthopedic doctor. ...Read more

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I got broken radius and ulna half arm cast almost 3months there is a bit pain in my wrist for quite sometimes what is that? What should I do?

I got broken radius and ulna half arm cast almost 3months there is a bit pain in my wrist for quite sometimes what is that? What should I do?

Evaluation: The forearm is a very complex part of our skeleton that relies on a smooth relationship between the wrist and the elbow. Breaking your radius and ulna disrupts that relationship and may be the cause of your pain. In addition to that, the broken bones are just part of a wider injury

discuss this pain with the person treating your fracture or a second opinion if you need more information. ...Read more

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Will my doctor have to re-break my wrist? I fractured my wrist a couple of months ago, and I recently found a long and wide bump on it, it feels hard like a bone sticking up. And it is causing me pain. It is not a sist, so do you think it healed wrong and

If: If your wrist is otherwise functioning ok and there is a relatively pain free and symptom free bump then it is unlikely that your doctor will re-break it, but you should see him/her nonetheless just to see what's going on. It may very well be some scar tissue or extra bone that won't cause a problem, but get it checked out. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to rehabilitate my wrist that was fractured and never treated four years ago?

See a doctor: If the fracture was never treated you might need to have it rebroken before you rehab. See a Hand Surgeon. ...Read more

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I fractured my wrist last september and it is now november 4th. Is this enough time for me to be a goal keeper?

I fractured my wrist last september and it is now november 4th. Is this enough time for me to be a goal keeper?

Most likely not: Is almost 6 weeks, if the fracture is a minor injury you could be fine, if the fracture is major one, I do not think so. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more