Re: pain from healing broken wrist
Hi Robel, If your still having pain weeks after the cast is off, I would certainly let the doc know. Some docs use PT's after every broken bone and some simply send you on your way. I dislocated and fractured my wrist and the bones healed quickly but my wrist cotinued to dislocate every time I picked up something heavy. I ended up needing surgery to reconnect and tighten some tendons that had been damaged. I had a great PT that specialized in the hand and we did everything from hot wax dips to cybex training. Even after all the PT i lost about 30% range of motion, although I knew the surgery was going to cause the loss, I didn't really know what that meant untill I reached max range of motion and still couldn't turn my palm up.The loss of ROM was strange in the beginning but after many years it's just the way my wrist works now. There is nothing wrong with motrin and other otc meds although they aren't quite as strong as opiates they can still be effective. I added up the time I spent in a cast from the initial injury, 3 more dislocations and then the surgery, I think I spent about 28 weeks one year with my right arm in a cast. It takes time and it was pretty shocking how much atrophy goes on when you have been in a cast that long. I remeber simply not having the cast made my hand feel week and prone to injury. Things take time and just because you had the cast taken off, doesn;t mean you can't go back to the doc for a follow up. Your certainly not equipped to DX yourself so if OTC meds and ICE or heat doesn't help I would certainly let the doc know your still having problems.
Good luck, Dave