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Radial Head Fracture & recovery

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Postby rhyang » Mon Sep 14, 2009 2:29 am

Hmm, haven't looked at this thread for a while .. some pretty odd responses mixed in there :lol:

It's been about six months post injury. I've been doing range of motion exercises daily. I've been climbing pretty strong lately (well, for me anyway :oops: )

And it looks like I'm starting to get full extension back. Can't complain !

btw I took a spill on my mountain bike (offroad) this past Wednesday .. glad I was wearing elbow pads ! Now I just need to get over the poison oak ... :)
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Re: Radial Head Fracture & recovery

Postby WouterB » Sat Sep 24, 2011 1:52 pm

One handed bump on this thread, need I say more...
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Re: Radial Head Fracture & recovery

Postby WouterB » Sun Oct 23, 2011 1:15 pm

Well, tomorrow is exactly one month in to the accident, so I thought I'd update this thread to offer some insight and encouragement to anyone else who might encounter this in the future.

My fracture wasn't too complex. I have a small non-displaced fracture of the radial head, but luckily it's not inside the joint. My ROM has improved significantly over the last month. Rotating the palm up is back at 99% (although not without pain), rotating the palm down is at 100% and without pain. I can't fully stretch my arm yet, and the although the progress was quick at first it seems to have come to a complete standstill over the last week. I'm at about 85% though, so I guess I should be happy with that. Also there's no pain involved in stretching it out. Bending the arm is unfortunately more difficult. I'm back at 90% there too, but bending it involves a lot more pain. There's also still some positions when for instance keeping my arms up at shoulder height in which I can't bend it much.

I've been doing quite intensive PT for the first month and have really benefited from this. Last week due to schedule issues I didn't visit the PT and I must say that it has made a big difference in stifness and pain, so I'm definitely going back in the next couple of weeks.

I've lost quite a lot of muscle in the left arm and weight lifting or any kind of strength training is definitely still out of the question. I fear this might take quite a while to heal.
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Re: Radial Head Fracture & recovery

Postby rhyang » Mon Oct 24, 2011 5:04 am

Not happy to hear about your accident, but glad to hear things are on the mend !

2.5 years later I still do ROM exercises a few days a week. Rotating the joint makes crunching noises (which I am told is common), but the range is pretty much back. Have not had any issues cycling or climbing.

Cranking on some sweet hand jams in Yosemite Valley a few weeks ago
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Rehab is a pain but patience and persistence are your friends :)
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