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I broke my ulna and radius. Will this affect my ability to use my hand?

I broke my ulna and radius. Will this affect my ability to use my hand?

It certainly may: The break (fracture) extends into a joint itself in an adult. In such cases it may be very important to restore the joint by surgery. In children it is not rare that both forearm bones are broken like a green stick snapping (we call these "greenstick" fractures); usually treated well in a cast, often including the elbow. In adults, "both bone" forearm fractures usually require surgery to fix. ...Read more

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What should I do if I broke my right hand both bones, radius and ulna, and it is not healing?

What should I do if I broke my right hand both bones, radius and ulna, and it is not healing?

See your doctor: If you feel you are not healing right, you need to see your doctor. The longer you wait, the worse the outcome. ...Read more

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I broke my ulna and radius. My wrist is now misaligned. What can I do?

I broke my ulna and radius. My wrist is now misaligned. What can I do?

Get professioal help: Seek expert and experienced professionals for the best reduction possible and post operative care. ...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?

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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Every time i apply pressure to my radius, i feel it and my ulna shift at the wrist joint, what is wrong?

Every time i apply pressure to my radius, i feel it and my ulna shift at the wrist joint, what is wrong?

DRUJ? TFCC: It's time to get evaluated. Pain and shifting at the wrist could be a variant of normal or even being a sign of an injury to your DRUJ or TFCC. Both are critical structures, see your orthopedic surgeon today who will examine you and get initial imaging as well. Many times an MRI is needed. ...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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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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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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Severe intrarticular comminuated fracture of radius, ulna and avulsion stylod six months ago with shifting while in cast still pain palm near thumb?

Palm and thumb pain: Can be due to many things, post fracture joint issues, things that have nothing to do with the actual fracture such as arthritis or tendonitis and some things that overlap , a careful followup exam and good follow up xrays may help sort this out. ...Read more

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Will it be ok for me to play rugby league after i broke my ulna and radius on 2010.

Will it be ok for me to play rugby league after i broke my ulna and radius  on 2010.

Yes: I assume you had a plating of your radius and ulna if they were broken mid forearm.3 yrs post-op your fractures should be well- healed and there is no contraindication to returning to contact sports. Check w/ your ors as he knows your condition . Removing the plates and then returning to contact sports has a higher incidence of re- fracture. Good luck! ...Read more

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Hi doc I broke my ulna and radius and no skin affected. I put a cast until i know if i need a surgery . Do you think i need ?

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I broke my ulna and radius and no skin affected. I put a cast until i know if i need a surgery . Do you think i need ?

Ulnar/radius: The needs for surgery really depends on whether the alignment can be re-established. So you will need to have an -xRay to check on this. At the most you may need just a closed reduction. ...Read more

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Hey doc I broke my ulna and radius in my left bone . And the doc put me a cast and i have too keep it and i want to know the chances if a surgery .

Hey doc 
I broke my ulna and radius in my left bone . And the doc put me a cast and i have too keep it and i want to know the chances if a surgery .

No need: majority of simple fractured will be healed with cast,specially if they are not displaced if the fractured badly displaced,and could not be set under anesthesia properly then open reduction and internal fixation will be needed,but you still end up in a cast anyway,so surgery does not replace cast,it is only for difficult fracture, ...Read more

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Son broke radius and ulna. Has short arm cast. He just fell when running and landed on knees then fell forward on arms. Said arm doesn't hurt. Worry?

Probably not : The absence of pain is a very good sign. It's rare to displace a forearm fracture in a child who is in a cast. Make sure to follow up with his physician for a recheck and repeat x-ray, likely within the next 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

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Daughter broke ulna and radius. Cast for 4 wks, brace for 2 wks. Doc said to get back to normal. When at sports complaint pain. She complained about some pain. Shal she wait a little more to come back to normal practice? Her range of movement is perfect.

I : I agree with dr. Weinzapfel. Still, one thing to remember is that while you saw the fracture on the x-rays and that is dramatic, it is the entire forearm that was injured. Muscles, fascia, blood vessels, nerves that are all within that area sustained trauma. While you see the healing of the bones on the follow-up xrays, it may take longer, even in a child for the muscles and other soft tissues to recover. Additionally, xrays are typically two spot shots of the area and the fracture may not be exactly in the plane of the xrays taken. While she is likely well on her way to healing, she is likely still remodelling her bone and strenghtening it. It is not surprising that she is having some pain with activity. ...Read more

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Can rotator cuff surgery affect the ability to use my hand?

Hand & rotator cuff: It is more likely to effect your shoulder. If the injury causing the rotator cuff tear was extreme, it could have damaged nerves to the hand traveling through the armpit (axilla) and be responsible for hand symptoms. ...Read more

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Will i lose the ability to use my hands from cubital tunnel syndrome?

Will i lose the ability to use my hands from cubital tunnel syndrome?

Yes: you can lose dexterity of your hand . The ring and little fingers claw and you have a hard time making a fist. You atrophy your muscle on top of the hand between the thumb and index . You start dropping things ...Read more

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I broke my wrist in aug, 2012.That was fixed but the ulna protrudes out, my hand is crooked?

I broke my wrist in aug, 2012.That was fixed but the ulna protrudes out, my hand is crooked?

Common: Unfortunately, this can be a common occurrence after a wrist fracture. The prominent ulna can be a result of two issues. First, malalignment of the radius bone can cause the ulna to be more prominent. Second, wrist fractures can sometimes cause instability of the distal radioulnar joint (druj). This can cause a prominent ulna too. I would recommend an evaluation by an orthopaedic hand surgeon. ...Read more

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