3 doctors weighed in:

With a broken elbow, how long will it remain painful at the wrist when turning a key ignition or door knobs? Wrist hurts 3 weeks after elbow surgery.

3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alex Meyers
Surgery - Hand Surgery

In brief: Elbow surgery

The interosseous membrane can be injured with elbow trauma.
This runs between the bones in the forearm (radius and ulna). This can lead to pain in the forearm with pronation/supination (palm up/palm down). X-rays performed of the wrist will ensure that the distal radial ulnar joint was not involved in your accident and be a separate reason your wrist still hurts.

In brief: Elbow surgery

The interosseous membrane can be injured with elbow trauma.
This runs between the bones in the forearm (radius and ulna). This can lead to pain in the forearm with pronation/supination (palm up/palm down). X-rays performed of the wrist will ensure that the distal radial ulnar joint was not involved in your accident and be a separate reason your wrist still hurts.
Dr. Alex Meyers
Dr. Alex Meyers
Thank
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Surgery - Hand Surgery

In brief: Turning a key

Requires use of muscles that attach to tne epicondyles and condylar ridges thus pain is expected after elbow fracture fixation talk to your surgeon as a lot depends upon type of fracture, surgical approach and a host of other factors.

In brief: Turning a key

Requires use of muscles that attach to tne epicondyles and condylar ridges thus pain is expected after elbow fracture fixation talk to your surgeon as a lot depends upon type of fracture, surgical approach and a host of other factors.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Thank
Dr. Brian Badman
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Couple months

It really depends on the nature of your fracture.
I would assume you may have fractured your proximal radius. Or if just the distal humerus was involved your pain could be from swelling around the joint. This should subside either way over the next several months. Work on gentle rotation of the forearm. It will gradually improve. Most people experience a loss of extension following elbow surg.

In brief: Couple months

It really depends on the nature of your fracture.
I would assume you may have fractured your proximal radius. Or if just the distal humerus was involved your pain could be from swelling around the joint. This should subside either way over the next several months. Work on gentle rotation of the forearm. It will gradually improve. Most people experience a loss of extension following elbow surg.
Dr. Brian Badman
Dr. Brian Badman
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. William Forsythe
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
24 years in practice
171K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors