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Old 07-23-2009, 09:43 PM   #41
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. So Purron look upon your role as similar to that of a labor coach.
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Old 07-24-2009, 05:47 AM   #42
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Dawg52 is spot on. In my experiance the therapy hurt more than the break and surgery. When it comes to those exercises "doting" may not do the job.

My hand froze up as a result of the break, the therapy hurt more than delivering my first child - and at least I got a cute kid out of that work. So Purron look upon your role as similar to that of a labor coach.
Brat, was your hand frozen up when the cast first came off or this this develop later? Also, where was your arm broken? DH seems to being doing pretty good considering, but I don't want to have a false sense of security. He had a "clean" break about mid arm which didn't require surgery.
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I broke both bones behind the wrist joint.

I developed a condition called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. The way I understand it is that my body essentially tried to build its own cast. It wasn't evident until the cast was removed. It was necessary to stretch and break adhesions while working through the syndrome. My orthopedic team used occupational therapists for that purpose, hand wrenchers.

Even if I hadn't developed CRPS the OTs would have stretched and twisted the hand and wrist to restore strength and range of motion. Many in the treatment area had not developed that syndrome, it was just that I had a tougher "row to hoe" and a higher risk of developing a frozen hand.

We all were given 'home work', exercises to do daily. I was told that there is a window of time to achieve success, this work cannot be deferred.
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Good grief...when I saw this thread was revived, I thought he'd broken another bone....

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Thanks Brat. DH has an appointment with the bone doc in 3 weeks. He will evaluate the need for physical therapy. In the meantime, the doc has recommended some excercises to do at home. No worries, Purron quickly turns into "doting wife mode" when DH's health is concerned. "Honey, have you done your excercises tonight?"
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Dose the pain meds 30 - 45 minutes prior to the physical therapy visit.
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