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What to do for the stiffness in the wrist due to fracture?

I slipped and fell and broke my radius. I saw the Dr and he explained that I tilted the bone about -8 degrees (a dorsal tilt) he didn t recommend surgery because he said there was not much difference between healing w the cast or with the surgery. He said that either way my wrist will be stiff. He put me on a long cast for 2 weeks and then he changed it to a short cast for another 2 weeks. I m suppose to go get my cast remove this week however everyone tells me that a wrist fracture should be on a cast for 6 weeks not 4. My question is can I have the cast remove at 4 weeks? Or should I request 6 weeks? Also if my wrist is gives me problem can l still get the surgery done? Or would it be too late since it s been 4 weeks? I m so confuse and afraid to make the wrong decision I feel that my dr is not helping me. What s the different between keeping the cast 4 weeks to 6 weeks? Pls help, Thanks.
Tue, 15 Sep 2015
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Hello,
I have studied your case and I think that you can remove this cast after 4 weeks and start physiotherapy. Do not do any massage or rubbing of any oil. You can get it operated but that will be a difficult surgery. You need to send me x rays so that i can tell you if you need any surgery or not.
I would suggest you to remove your cast and start physiotherapy as soon as possible.
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