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Five years ago I fell out of a tree and broke my left radius and ulna where it connects to the wrist. I went to the hospital where they non-surgically set it in place and cast it but foolishly I didn't go back for any follow-up, and when I removed the cast myself roughly 6 weeks later the wrist had fallen back into the position it was in when I first broke it thus resulting in this flipper-like wrist that I've been living with since then. It immediately crippled my ability to play the bass guitar, greatly reduced my abilities on 6-string guitar, and I cannot practice proper technique on drums or piano. I also cannot do any upper-body workouts like push-ups or pull-ups without great discomfort and pain.
So here I am today financially prepared and insured for getting surgery done for it, finally. I'm about to proceed with preperation for surgery hopefully having it in a month's time, however I'm nervous about the long-term affects of having plates and screws in my wrist. As a musician who definitely plans on using it a lot this is a huge anxiety. I want to attain a degree of professionalism and virtuosity in every instrument I take on, but will my wrist hold up for me or will there be problems that could shut me down down the road somewhere? Some details:
- I'm 26 years old, male, no other health problems
- The doctor wants to graft bone from my hip into my radius to extend it then add two plates with screws, one to my radius and the other to my ulna.
- I also have aspirations to work and tone my muscles throughout my body, aspirations that could be hindered by potential problem from the plates.
So, in conclusion, I want to know if there are any serious musicians out there with plates in their wrist that could talk to me about this. What's it like? What problems do you have? What's it like playing instruments after 20 years of having plates in your wrist? Athletes: what's it like working out with plates in your wrist?
Thanks anyone who responds with valuable input.
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