Can’t make a fist, straighten hand after wrist surgery 4 weeks ago
Would appreciate to please hear of others experiences.
Five weeks ago fell and broke my wrist. Shattered a few bones. Had a cast for a few days until surgery -4 weeks ago. They put a plate in my wrist. Then they put a short cast for about 10 days. On the 21st of July my surgeon removed my cast and put a bandage. Obviously my hand is swollen and at a position like the image i uploaded.
A few days ago i started occupational therapy and was given an orthosis. The therapist told me that my hand is at a bad position.
She told me that i need to have the orthosis and arm slong pouch on at all times.
With the orthosis on it is straighter but when i take it off i have to force it not to fall. I still can’t make a fist and can’t bend my thumb on its own. My hand is swollen.
Today, my wrist and arm feel sore.
This is my dominant hand.
Is it ok that i still cant make a fist or move my thumb on its own? That my hand is bent? I am a computer programmer. How long till i will be able to type? In 3 weeks the therapist will start working on moving my wrist.
Do not despair. You are in the very very early throws of recovery. I had a fractured distal radius and ulna after a fall downstairs 11 weeks ago. 10 weeks post orif and plate and screws today . I too am struggling to get my poor wrist moving and it’s getting me down …. But … Although it’s very little it is improving very slowly. I didn’t realise how long this will take to get going and I’m in tears most days but I won’t let it beat me. My arm looked exactly like yours when the cast came off 4 weeks post op. They wanted it off 2 weeks post op but plaster room had already put the fibre glass one on and I couldn’t face them removing it again!! I stayed in it 2 weeks before it was removed. Still early than the normal 6 weeks.
I think you just need to hang in there and what you are experiencing is perfectly normal. Have you any numbness. I have in my thumb which still has not resolved. Good luck in your recovery
That sounds horrible :-/. What was the reason you developped CRPS? Was it a mistake by the doctors? Did you make enough exercises after your cast had been removed? (manual lymph drainage, physio therapy?)
I hope I don’t get CRPS as well, I’m feeling a constant tingle in the heel of my hand for a week now…
I hope you get well completely
hello. I have been watching your conversations for quite a while but have not felt confident enough to join in. I am only typing in lower case as it is awkward and can be painful to type with my left, broken wrist. your comments have kept me going through this bad dream of an experience, just to know I am not alone, although I would not wish this on anyone. I fell backwards from standing and broke both bones in my left wrist in june and a small piece of bone broke off inside as the first cast was being applied. I was not offered any pain relief when my hand was stretched to set my wrist and when my fingers slipped out of the stretchers the procedure was stopped altho’ I had not felt pain at all. I did not have surgery as was nearly 80 at the time and perhaps doctor thought it would be risky. i was relieved when he agreed to just put my wrist in a cast as was told I would probably have a full range of movement and did not want to spend time in hospital. my hand swelled a lot and i had 3 different casts put on, finally a splint. as the last cast was removed I experienced a large blast of pain. there was pain around the ulna bone and the ‘nurse’ in attendance said I had some nerve pain which needed me to do ‘therapy’ on it to prevent complications. since I did not understand those instructions I got into occupational therapy within days. my fingers were stiff and swollen and the wrist would not move forward or backwards. after dozens of o.t. appointments I can use my fingers fairly normally but by the end of the day pain is pretty bad,in fact I had an injection of morphine 10 days ago as pain put my blood pressure up so high. it has been suggested that I could have crps but not confirmed, another diagnosis was that my hand was injured by the cast being left on too long. either way it has had a huge impact on my life, my wrist will not bend backward or far forward so I can’t cut my food. I have driven only 3 times since my fall and only along straight roads, no hand brake or hard wheel turning. I do admire you all getting on with your lives, especially as you are all probably younger than me. my wrist is deformed but I can live with that, at my age who notices. even my non- bendable wrist and stiff left shoulder would be bearable but the pain as you will know is depressing and anxiety creating. I can fully understand you crying every day, I get frightened when I realise how dependant I have become on my husband, he cuts my food even if we call into a tea shop with friends ( I carry an ice pack with me) he has had to take over much of what were my responsibilities. the palm of my hand is swollen all of the time, I had a steroid injection which reduced swelling on the back of my hand. the pain I get is either around the ulna bone or back of hand. like a needle stabbing. also on back of hand, new bone growth gets warm and hurts, seems to be buttons, zips and fiddly finger things that starts it off. even my o t exercises aggravate it. I have that weird super sensitive patches of skin too but I can live with that, as you probably know brushing those areas with soft then coarser fabrics helps to desensitise those areas . I have pain killers which I now take at least twice a day. i don’t like that as at my age they can affect balance. I am so grateful that my injuries were not worse but wonder how you have managed to come to such acceptance, did you have counselling or alternative therapies? what are the drs. doing about you pain? how do you manage it so that you can get on with your life? i can see that you have had to make huge changes to your life and am so sorry, do your drs. give you any idea how long the pain and swelling will last?
I am sorry if I have depressed you, I think you are very strong and brave.
I would love to hear from you and will share any tips I come across.