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Posted 25 July 2011 - 01:39 PM

Here I go again. To cut a long story short, I have a f*cked up wrist. Couple of years ago, I took my cast off two weeks early, and ended up with a mishealed joint on my left arm. Stupid decision, I know, please don't lecture me about it.

Basically, I'm left handed, and this really complicates my life, because I can't use my left arm without fatigue, and I can't twist my wrist in full 360 degrees without experiencing pain and/or hearing it crack.

Recently, I started to notice signs of muscular atrophy on my injured arm. My shoulder muscles and biceps are all fine, but my forearm seems to be shrinking in breadth.

Are there doctors who can repair mishealed joints? What's the procedure, surgery, or savage bone breaking without anaesthesia? I really need your advice guys, since it's really starting to mess with my life.

Yes, I have googled, but only came up with some foot related problems, and websites for overpriced specialists in the US.

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 01:53 PM

As a fellow lefty I feel for you. But you would probably be better off, you know... going to one of them "doctors".

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 02:20 PM

A mate of mine's dad shattered his ankle about 15 years ago when he crashed his Mini rally car into a tree during a race.
It healed poorly and the bones fused incorrectly, leaving him with almost no mobility in his ankle.
He had it dismantled and rebuilt over the course of about 9 months- to the point that he now has much improved mobility in it. However, it was apparently so painful, so time-consuming and so deeply unpleasant for the bones to be repeatedly re-broken and re-set, screwed, pinned and all manner of other things, that he has said that, if given the option to do it again, he wouldn't. Don't quote me, but I also believe that any kind of surgical work involving the bones surrounding joints massively increases the likelihood of the person suffering from arthritis.

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 02:55 PM

QUOTE (sivispacem @ Monday, Jul 25 2011, 15:20)
A mate of mine's dad shattered his ankle about 15 years ago when he crashed his Mini rally car into a tree during a race.
It healed poorly and the bones fused incorrectly, leaving him with almost no mobility in his ankle.
He had it dismantled and rebuilt over the course of about 9 months- to the point that he now has much improved mobility in it. However, it was apparently so painful, so time-consuming and so deeply unpleasant for the bones to be repeatedly re-broken and re-set, screwed, pinned and all manner of other things, that he has said that, if given the option to do it again, he wouldn't. Don't quote me, but I also believe that any kind of surgical work involving the bones surrounding joints massively increases the likelihood of the person suffering from arthritis.

So basically, it's better to deal with it?

Your friend had a massive injury though, while I had a routine wrist fracture. I think I'll go see a doctor some time soon.

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 03:34 PM

QUOTE (Gundog @ Monday, Jul 25 2011, 15:55)
QUOTE (sivispacem @ Monday, Jul 25 2011, 15:20)
A mate of mine's dad shattered his ankle about 15 years ago when he crashed his Mini rally car into a tree during a race.
It healed poorly and the bones fused incorrectly, leaving him with almost no mobility in his ankle.
He had it dismantled and rebuilt over the course of about 9 months- to the point that he now has much improved mobility in it. However, it was apparently so painful, so time-consuming and so deeply unpleasant for the bones to be repeatedly re-broken and re-set, screwed, pinned and all manner of other things, that he has said that, if given the option to do it again, he wouldn't. Don't quote me, but I also believe that any kind of surgical work involving the bones surrounding joints massively increases the likelihood of the person suffering from arthritis.

So basically, it's better to deal with it?

Your friend had a massive injury though, while I had a routine wrist fracture. I think I'll go see a doctor some time soon.

Best thing to do is to ask for proper medical advice. But be advised, if they suggest breaking and re-setting the bones, it's apparently absolute agony for a very prolonged time.

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 03:51 PM

Wait a minute I have two perfectly fine wrists and can't rotate them 360 degrees. tounge.gif
But if you went to an orthopedic doc/surgeon they would most likely rebreak the area and set it again and yell at your about why the cast is important.
Once they repaired it you'd be able to better rehab the atrophied muscles after the surgical repair on it.

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 03:51 PM

I've never had any bones broken myself, but what I've heard about fixing improperly healed bones is that they basically break it all over, set them up correctly, and then you have to let it heal as with a broken bone. The healing should be comparable to the initial injury, unless they are forced to add a brace to make it heal properly. Then it'd obviously be worse, leave some scars, etc.

But yeah, you are probably better off getting that fixed. Otherwise you are setting yourself for more and more problems down the line.

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 03:55 PM

I broke my right arm some years ago and it also didn't heal properly, so basically now my right arm is a little 'different' than it should be, but it doesn't affect my life at all, so I guess I'll leave it this way.

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 08:21 PM

As stated several times before, they are most likely going to have to rebreak it and fix it from scratch. I suppose you're going to have to weigh the options and decide if it's messing with your life enough to go through the whole process.

The most important thing to remember, is that you will get phat pain pills. wink.gif

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 08:35 PM

I think the only 'fix' is to rebreak it to get it to heal properly. That's what I was told when my shin got fractured a little under two years ago. I had never had such an injury before then, so I was worried about what the worst that could happen if it didn't heal properly. Scared me sh*tless when they said they'd have to rebreak it if things didn't go well. That was the most paranoid filled 6 weeks of my life.

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 08:42 PM

I only broke my left pinky finger once and it healed properly, so I can't empathize with you. As with others, re-breaking the area and letting it heal again is pretty much your only option. If you do that, I would look around and see if you can find people who have had this done and see if they can recommend someone in particular; it wouldn't be good to have someone who hasn't done this much before try and do it and have you end up needing the procedure redone in the future.

I knew a guy who had to have part of his jaw broken for wisdom tooth removal (his teeth were quite impacted) and his jaw didn't heal properly. In order to do so, they had to break his jaw again and let it re-heal; luckily it healed properly that time.

I imagine having your jaw reset would be the most painful and most inconvenient.

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 11:17 PM

Well, I broke my left wrist twice, both times at gym class.

In 5th grade, I fell off that swing rope thing, and first year of high school, I fell while making an ass of myself.

First time I broke it, it felt fine after healing, and the second, I didn't feel any pain at all, so I took off the cast. Turns out I was mistaken, and put too much stress on it, and everyithing in the wrist got f*cked.

I fear mostly because of the pain I'll endure. I mean, my wrist hurts like f*ck when I turn it the wrong way, I could only imagine how f*cking horribly the reset could hurt. And then it's just agony until the healing is due.

Forgive my sh*tty writing, I'm dead stoned.

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 11:21 PM

QUOTE (Gundog @ Monday, Jul 25 2011, 17:17)
I could only imagine how f*cking horribly the reset could hurt. And then it's just agony until the healing is due.

Remember: short-term pain for long-term gain.

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 11:32 PM

My son broke his leg 2 years ago but only now his leg started to hurt again, so he is going to the physiotherapist everyday wow.gif

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 11:47 PM

I broke my right wrist and it still feels funny when I turn it right. You should probably go see a doctor




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