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Old 05-13-2013, 06:24 PM   #198
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Re: Ulnar shortening

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Originally Posted by BurtG View Post
So sorry to hear your news, after all you have been through you really did not need this on top. So what therapy from here on ? I had my MRI , ultra scan, X-rays and Emg conducted today on left wrist so now have to wait until I see hand specialist to get full results but have had confirmed same issues as right. So next week I will find out surgery details etc. Had a few issues with my arm swelling around the plate area which has caused a bit of pain , so hoping that will settle down soon as makes the split hard to wear at times, did this happen for you ?
I talked to my PT some more about my new pain near the osteotomy site. He had me hold up my arm and showed me that my right one (that had the surgery) was a bit thinner than my left. Even though I use my right arm a lot, I guess I've been very protective of it for some things and I do have muscle to re-build up. It has been over 2 years since my original wrist injury so I know I shouldn't expect 'normal' too quickly. Anyway, he said that some pain is OK as I develop the muscles. If it gets worse, he will re-evaluate and change up my exercises so I'm not putting as much stress on the area.

Unfortunately, it appears I may be developing tendonitis in my left hand now. I'll keep icing and keep an eye on it, but I'm not happy about it after all this.

Keep us posted on your testing results and what your next steps are.

I really can't answer your question about the swelling very well. I had the plaster cast/splint on for 2 weeks after my surgery, then switched to a fiberglass cast. I know I had a lot of swelling that went down prior to the cast. I also know that I needed a new cast after about 1 1/2 weeks because so much more swelling had gone down that the cast was too loose. I'd guess you are around that same point in your healing by now. I will say that I used a lot of ice throughout the healing process, even over the casts. It made me feel better, even for a bit.

Take care.
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