Post wrist operation pain

  • owensylad878

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    Feb 13, 2015 9:40 PM GMT
    I had a wrist operation to mend a fractured scaphoid 3 years ago which I think mended well, but I have quite a bit of pain in that wrist from time to time. I was wondering if anyone else experienced problems of a similar kind?

    I'm wondering if building up strength around that area can help prevent osteoarthritis later in life, as I know that this is probably something I'm just expected to get and not be able to do anything about.
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    Feb 15, 2015 2:45 AM GMT
    Have you tried cortisone shots? My buddy had a similar wrist injury and had residual pain. He got a cortisone shot and it was all better. Inflammation and scar tissue were the issue.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Feb 15, 2015 3:35 AM GMT
    Do not ever take cortisone. It is highly addictive and will actually destroy your body.
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    Feb 16, 2015 6:33 AM GMT
    I had a fractured scaphoid, broken in two but no displacement, so no surgery.
    But keeping the cast on my wrist for three month significantly shortened tendons : even after months of very intensive rehab, I was not able to recover my initial range of motion, and got slab of pain followed by numbness when I used my hand at certain angles.

    Eventually, over years, it gradually came back to normal.

    As for the benefit of of building up strength, I don't know if it helps. I was a pole vaulter, so I did intense rehab, even isometric training before to have the cast removed. And I start pole vaulting again two weeks out of the cast.
    Yet it took me several years to be able to walk again on my hands, because I could not put my hand flat on the floor at that angle.
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    Feb 16, 2015 5:52 PM GMT
    Have you spoken to the surgeon who did your wrist operation? If yes, what did he/she say? If no, schedule an appointment.