Wrist very stiff 3months after surgery
Wanted to please hear from others who have had a distal radius fracture and surgery with a plate inserted.
Three months ago i fell and shattered my wrist.
Had surgery on the 8/7/2017 and 2 weeks later cast came off and about 10 days later started therapy.
However, my therapist told me that my hand isn’t good..can hardly bend my wrist up or down or twist it. It’s very stiff. My fingers still hurt but I can make a fist now.
What I noticed also 3 weeks ago is that my elbow is becoming stiff again ..not to mention my shoulder..also limited movement. I told my therapist and when he touches the area around my shoulder it’s is so painful.
Has anyone experienced this also?
How much therapy did you do also at home for those that had stiffness and now their hand is relatively ok?
Has anyone gone to an orthopedic doctor for a second advice following their surgery (besides the surgeon who performed the surgery)?
Apart from the infection, at eight weeks everything you said souds very familiar! It’s 8:30 AM and a few days fom 5 months and I can’t make a fist. Last night I was holding a complete fist for 20 minutes at a time yet this morning it’s a no go! Very frusrating! People lack empathy until it happens to them, I understand and empathize completely. Hang in there it will get better
Hi. I too broke my wrist, June 19. Had surgery, plate on June 23. After many months of therapy I finally got a second opinion. I still can’t make a wrist and have very limited range of motion. I went to a hand doctor. Had an EMG showed nerve damage as well. Well I will be having the hardware out, tendon release and tendons at wrist cleaned I can’t wait o get back to normal!!! My suggestion, go to see a specialist.
Hi my daughter had a bad fall at school 25th feb this year , and ended up with a right distal radius fracture she had kwiring iin she was in pot until beginning of april & started physio 2days later she was having weekly physio & doing exercises at home, nearly 8mnth later and she has still not got full movement can not bend her wrist or turn it properly shes had mri & today been back for more xrays i feel like where been fobbed off and if i dont get better answers next week will be insisting we see someone else
Sorry to hear about your poor daughter. Does she still get pain when she tries to move her hand back and forth and turning it? it can take up to a year in told for mobility to return but your daughter is so young and children usually get mobility back very soon after coming out of POP. I’m depressed about my wrist not moving and still
Painful after 5 months I’m sure it must be getting her down a lot as well. Hope you find some answers from the MRI. When do you get the results? Fingers crossed we all get back to some mobility in the future
Hi my name is west and I haven’t had surgery, but I have been told by first doctor that I went to that I had Intra-Articular Distal Radius Fracture from having a fall at work back on June 30, I had went for x-rays on July 1st and they were trying to get in touch with Ortho Hand Specialist and no one was in since it was July 4th holiday weekend. I got in with Hand Specialist on July 12 he said wasn’t fracture but fall had caused Arthritic Episode had Cortisone Injection on July 26 and from there things have went down hill. This has never felt like just Arthritis, I had been diagnosed with OsteoArthritis a year before and it does hurt but this was a different kind of hurt and I had been told by a total of 5 doctors that it was fractured. I started having pain initially in thumb region in meaty part of hand at base of thumb and slightly in wrist, then all of a sudden it has went across my wrist toward the ulna side and started going up my arm, hand specialist told me next that he suspected Carpel Tunnel Syndrome I was sent for MRI and it showed no changes since MRI the year before and so I was then sent for EMG Nerve Conduction Study, Carpel Tunnel was ruled out but said I had nerve damage to nerve around elbow in the Cubital Tunnel area so now he say’s that I have Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, the pain has moved on up the arm into the shoulder area and my whole arm has felt like someone has took it off and tried to beat someone with it the pain radiated into my shoulder blade and up the side of my neck. I have appointment with second opinion Doctor but it’s not till November 9th . I haven’t had any surgery though, and the doctor I have been seeing I wouldn’t let touch me especially with a scaple. I have been outta work everyday this week due to pain in my hand/wrist/arm. I called the Doctor office and tried to see if I could walk in and see him because I had such swelling and that made the pain even worse and because I have been having pain in my shoulder he wouldn’t see me because it’s workers comp and he said that he couldn’t see me for my shoulder hurting. I explained to his nurse that I had went to the ER to get my shoulder seen about last Wednesday and that I wanted to see him because I had pain in my hand and swelling and the swelling was present in hand and going up arm. I told her that I hadn’t went to work due to the pain and swelling and she said that doctor wouldn’t see me because of the pain in shoulder and that he had told me he would see me with the pain around the elbow but he wants to do surgery on my elbow and move the nerve to the front of my arm to take care of the nerve pain, he had told me that last appt but He seemingly has forgotten about what I started seeing him for in the first place, he wanted me to use my insurance because this didn’t have anything to do with my hand and I told him that nothing was hurting until I fell, so the way I see it this fall I had at work has everything in the world to do with the pain in my hand/wrist/arm/shoulder. I also ask if he would at least write me a work excuse since I had been out due to pain and swelling in my hand and she said he couldn’t write me outta work either, that he had already gave me several notes for work and I told her No Ma’am he did not he had gave me 1 excuse to be outta work the whole time I have been going to him and she said I’m pretty sure he gave you more than one that last time you were in here and I told her again no Ma’am he did not He gave me an excuse to be outta work that day that he saw me and she said well you had 2 excuses what was the other one for and I told her the same thing it always was for No use with left arm while at work until further notice. I can guarantee after I go for my second opinion I will not be going back to this doctor I have been seeing. I told her nevermind if I need to see a doctor I will go through the Emergency Room. That’s the kind of treatment that I get just because I got hurt at work and this has been a neverending story.
If I were you I would get a second opinion about what is going on with you because it sounds like something definitely is wrong. That’s why I’m getting mine. I tried to switch doctors in the beginning but they wouldn’t let me they said I had to see this doctor at present time and if I had went to another doctor I feel like I would have been on my way to recovery instead of the palm of my hand feeling like it’s been beat or continuously slammed in a door and the rest of the pain I have been enduring. Please keep me updated in what you find out because I’m not even on my way and no telling how long it will be before I get underway to recovery and I wish you all the best of luck and God Bless You and I hope things begin to look up for you very soon, your in my prayers…