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Hi, I'm a new user. This is not a cry for help, but I mainly want to share my story in case anybody is interested.
I fell while ice skating about 3 weeks ago, and broke my right wrist. It turned out to be a quite severe distal radius fracture. I got more details about it little by little, and now I know that it's an intra-articular comminuted fracture (still don't know how many pieces), and the ulna was cracked too, but not serious.
They first did a closed reduction (quite painful) and put it in a cast, but it wasn't sufficient for stabilizing the fracture. The doctor recommended surgery for internal fixation, and I accepted. I had the surgery 4 days after the accident, under general anesthesia, and it went fairly well. They put in a T-shaped titanium locking plate with 7 screws (5 on the "top" side). I had moderate to severe pain right after waking up, but they gave me some pain killers and it got better, and I managed it with only paracetamol afterwards. No cast after the surgery, only a dressing.
I started physiotherapy exercises the next day (fingers, elbow and shoulder mobility), very hard in the beginning, but gradually getting better. Still had mild to moderate pain, especially when getting up, but manageable with paracetamol and slowly improving. About 10 days later I consulted a physiotherapist and he immediately got me started doing wrist exercises, with great frequency, and advised me to use ice more often too as I still had significant inflammation. Exercises are hard and unpleasant, but I could notice my wrist improving day to day.
Now I am able to move all my fingers (and thumb) quite easily, and I can type; my grip strength is also better. But my wrist is still very stiff, can only bend it about 30 degrees (flexion and extension), have mild pain from time to time, and still can't do many things with my right hand.
I have some followups next week, I hope things will go well. The physiotherapist said I might end up with some permanent limitation in the range of motion of the wrist, but nobody knows that yet. I wonder if my progress so far is good, but I'm not very concerned. I can see that other people went through a lot worse, and I'm thankful that I'm doing as well as I am.
I just have one question: after getting the stitches removed and dressing changed with a smaller one, I could see an unexpected small wound near the incision (about 2.5 cm/1 inch away, on the side of my wrist) that I was not aware of before. It looks like I was stabbed with a small screwdriver. It must have happened during the surgery, is it part of a normal procedure? Anyway, I expect it will heal without any issues.
Finally, feel free to ask me questions if you'd like to know more about my experience.
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