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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 an 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

Dr. Adam Lewis
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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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How long will in take for my radius fracture to heal?

Variable: Radius fractures come in many varieties depending on 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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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

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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 the 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 an 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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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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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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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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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 as well. 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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What amount force or trauma does it take to fracture the radius or ulna?

What amount force or trauma does it take to fracture the radius or ulna?

A fall: Tripping and bracing yourself with your arm outstretched when you fall is enough force to break either bone. So, not a lot depending on your age and health of bones. ...Read more

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2 years ago made my radius ulna complete fracture no metal plates or rods, no more casting from the 4th month, am I okay really?

Yes: In an adult, a fracture they did not need surgery would be ra elatively benign fracture and you should've done well ...Read more

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What if there is no callus formation on the complete fractured radius ulna? Overlapping fractured seen in xray

What if there is no callus formation on the complete fractured radius ulna? Overlapping fractured seen in xray

Hard to say: May be too early to see callus, nonunion, etc. X-ray findings need to be correlated with history and physical exam, preferably by an orthopedic surgeon. There is no shortcut to this. ...Read more

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How would I know if my fracture radius and ulna are healing?

How would I know if my fracture radius and ulna are healing?

Pain and x-rays: The 2 primary indicators of fracture healing are resolution of pain and x-rays. If your pain is improving or gone then that's usually an excellent indication that the fracture is healing or healed. X-rays are used to confirm fracture healing as well. ...Read more

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How soon I can start my arm rehab, after cast has been removed from fractured radius and ulna?

How soon I can start my arm rehab, after cast has been removed from fractured radius and ulna?

Typically as soon: As the cast comes off rehab begins and even before range of motion of fingers, elbow if free and even forearm rotation. Therapy is not static, it changes as one progresses, alters depending upon what is needed AND you don't just get therapy when there, one needs to do exercises all the time at home to do well. Speak to your doctor and therapist, don't delay too long ...Read more

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Complete overriding fracture are noted in the distal thirds of right radius and ulna possible of healing even without metal plates?

See an orthopaedist: Adults do not usually do better with reduction of the injury you describe. It might heal, but you would probably lose function (muscle strength, mobility to position your hand). See an orthopaedic surgeon that cares for upper extremity (arm) trauma. ...Read more

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Are xray always realiable than the physical feeling on the broken bones? Eg. Radius and ulna better on manipulation but different on xray

Are xray always realiable than the physical feeling on the broken bones? Eg. Radius and ulna better on manipulation but different on xray

Kinda sorta: Talk to your orthopedic surgeon about your concerns. We use xrays to confirm proper lineup of bones as well as healing (look for callus formation). We're here to treat you so it's possible that your bones slip out of position from manipulation to xray. Bottom line: talk to your bone doc. ...Read more

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I have nerve damage from my ulna/radius fractures(complete breaks) from 6 weeks ago. I have a horrible burning sensation. Will it get better on its own?

May or may not: More info. About the location of fracture needed. However, sometimes the symptoms become chronic and may last years. You are on appropriate symptomatic treatment. ...Read more

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Http://imgur. Com/a/5ykh7 fractured radius. Dr concerned with distance between radius/ulna. Still, pain after 2.5 weeks on ulnar side. Sprain or worse?

Http://imgur. Com/a/5ykh7 fractured radius. Dr concerned with distance between radius/ulna. Still, pain after 2.5 weeks on ulnar side. Sprain or worse?

Repeat X-rays: Not all injuries get appreciated on first films. If you have continued pains for more than 7-10 days, getting follow up studies/x-rays would help. A ct or MRI might be in order too. ...Read more

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How long will you be in a cast with a compound fracture of the ulna and radius?

How long will you be in a cast with a compound fracture of the ulna and radius?

Frature healed: The cast is used to prtect the frature untill is healed, that may take 8-16 weeks ...Read more

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Complete overriding fracture distal thirds of radius and ulna, bayonet apposition heals? How long?

Complete overriding fracture distal thirds of radius and ulna, bayonet apposition heals? How long?

Needs surgery: If the pt you are describing is you (26 years old)
then the answer is it would most certainly be best to have this fracture fixed surgically after which it would take about 3 months for it to heal reasonably well but 2 years for it to fully remodel also check you vit d level and try to get it up to >50 ng/ml for optimal healing. ...Read more

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Bayonet accepted position of complete fracture radius and ulna will take how long to heal or build callus? My age is 26 is it still okay?

Speak to your: Treating physician as bayonet position of a fracture of the radius and ulna can benefit from additional attention such as internal fixation in a 26-year-old. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have a compound fracture on my radius and ulna left forearm?

Surgery: The standard treatment for a both bone forearm fracture (radius and ulna bones) in an adult is surgery called an open reduction with internal fixation. Usually metal plates and screws are used to fix these broken bones. Usually this is an outpatient (same day) surgery. ...Read more

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What should I do to speed up the recovery for a compound fracture to radius and ulna left forearm?

Cmpound? or open?: Compound is no longer in use in orthopedics. In the past it could mean many peices or protryding thru the skin. Now use only open/closed or simple or comminuted to avoid confusion.
Assuming you mean open, thru the skin, you should have had surgery, plating and thuough cleaning of the bone a tissue.
Main danger is infection, if none it will heal in 8-10 week with plates gentle use starts earlier. ...Read more

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Will i be able to return in playing tennis after complete fracture of radius and ulna? Close reduction obtained and settled to bayonet apposition.

Probably, but will: Depend on how the fractures heal.

Please discuss with an orthopedic doctor and develop a plan for appropriate physical therapy and exercises to improve the chances of an acceptable result. ...Read more

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Fractured radius & ulna in 3 months ago. No op, cast 6 was. Fingers stiff and sore and some actions are difficult. Swelling at inner elbow - related?

Fractured radius & ulna in 3 months ago. No op, cast 6 was. Fingers stiff and sore and some actions are difficult.  Swelling at inner elbow - related?

Maybe related: you need to see your doctor for initial assessment, you may be referred to an orthopedic surgeon for further management, good luck ...Read more

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Is it normal for doc 2 say it's ok 2 not wear a cast when forearm is still broken? Complete fractures of radius/ulna have only little healing, no surgery

Pretty early: 6-8 wks.4 a good start on healing depending on the location of the fracture. With no callus formation I would seek another opinion. B very careful in the meantime. ...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