+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 13 of 13
General Chat Thread, Broken bone woes! in General; IT unrelated question I know but....... has anyone broken a bone recently? My son's broken thumb that has been in ...
  1. #1
    chrbb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Midlands
    Posts
    1,509
    Thank Post
    141
    Thanked 67 Times in 62 Posts
    Rep Power
    47

    Broken bone woes!

    IT unrelated question I know but....... has anyone broken a bone recently? My son's broken thumb that has been in a plaster cast for 5 weeks still aches at times, not sure if this is normal or an indication the bone hasn't repaired itself.

  2. #2

    witch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Dorset
    Posts
    11,521
    Thank Post
    1,532
    Thanked 2,639 Times in 1,827 Posts
    Rep Power
    814
    No one here has broken a bone for a while (I really wish I hadn't said that!) but as I recall, broken bones can ache for a long time after the event. If he has been in plaster that long it must have been quite a bad break - I would have thought that aching a bit still was fine

  3. #3

    localzuk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Minehead
    Posts
    18,530
    Thank Post
    527
    Thanked 2,648 Times in 2,049 Posts
    Blog Entries
    24
    Rep Power
    925
    Last time I broke a bone, it ached for months.

  4. #4
    chrbb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Midlands
    Posts
    1,509
    Thank Post
    141
    Thanked 67 Times in 62 Posts
    Rep Power
    47
    Thanks.

    I'm not sure how bad the break is, he's 21 and other than having a lift to hospital he refused all attempts at me going in with him, so other than him reappearing with a full wrist plaster cast on and saying it's broken I have no idea how bad, not having had the chance to question the Doctor as only a Mother can

  5. #5

    witch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Dorset
    Posts
    11,521
    Thank Post
    1,532
    Thanked 2,639 Times in 1,827 Posts
    Rep Power
    814
    Quote Originally Posted by chrbb View Post
    Thanks.

    I'm not sure how bad the break is, he's 21 and other than having a lift to hospital he refused all attempts at me going in with him, so other than him reappearing with a full wrist plaster cast on and saying it's broken I have no idea how bad, not having had the chance to question the Doctor as only a Mother can

    Ohh - how frustrating!

  6. #6

    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    294
    Thank Post
    64
    Thanked 21 Times in 20 Posts
    Rep Power
    16
    Maybe I can help. Any idea of exactly what was broken? If it was the scaphoid, that can lead to major problems. When did he break it? Is it still in the cast? If not, how long has it been out of the cast? Have they arranged any physiotherapy?

    I guess you might not be able to answer all the questions. He is, after all, 21 so there's no obligation for the orthopaedic staff to involve you, assuming that your son is able to understand what's happened, the implications of various treatment options etc.

  7. #7
    chrbb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Midlands
    Posts
    1,509
    Thank Post
    141
    Thanked 67 Times in 62 Posts
    Rep Power
    47
    It's a broken thumb near the base, he bent it backwards trying to stop a fire door from shutting, he ripped the ligaments which have in turn pulled off a piece of bone.

    He's been in a short arm cast with the thumb immobolised and his fingers free for 5 weeks, it comes off 3th Sept. Only instructions he came away from hosp with were that he was not allowed to drive and to keep wriggling his fingers and thumb.

    He'a a builder in a 3 man business and has carried on at work, also continued to play cricket and go jogging.

    Presumably the hospital will arrange physio and hopefully advise on a velcro type thumb splint for work and the basketball season

  8. #8

    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    294
    Thank Post
    64
    Thanked 21 Times in 20 Posts
    Rep Power
    16
    OK - if he's still wearing the cast, aching is to be expected and there is likely to be a lot of stiffness of the immobilised area when the cast has been removed. They *may* arrange further XRays when the cast hes been removed or do "stress" XRays to check whether the bony avulsion has united but, from what you've said, neither is absolutely necessary. There may be aching of his thumb for quite a while after the cast has been removed.

    As for physiotherapy, he's a young fellow who's (presumably) well, so they are likely to give him instructions about self mobilisation. Whilst he may have been able to do manual work when wearing the cast, it's likely to be quite sore when it's been removed, even if he wears a splint. It is possible to have a custom-made thermal plastic splint made (moulded specifically for his thumb), but it depends upon whether that facility exists in the unit where he's being treated.

  9. Thanks to Ignatius from:

    chrbb (23rd August 2009)

  10. #9
    kevbaz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Plymouth
    Posts
    855
    Thank Post
    129
    Thanked 69 Times in 47 Posts
    Rep Power
    44
    in my lifetime ive broken my wrists 5 times, 2 fingers and 2 toes.

    pain stays for quite a while, even sometime after the cast is off

  11. #10

    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Shropshire
    Posts
    49
    Thank Post
    2
    Thanked 4 Times in 3 Posts
    Rep Power
    12
    Quote Originally Posted by chrbb View Post
    It's a broken thumb near the base, he bent it backwards trying to stop a fire door from shutting, he ripped the ligaments which have in turn pulled off a piece of bone.

    He's been in a short arm cast with the thumb immobolised and his fingers free for 5 weeks, it comes off 3th Sept. Only instructions he came away from hosp with were that he was not allowed to drive and to keep wriggling his fingers and thumb.

    He'a a builder in a 3 man business and has carried on at work, also continued to play cricket and go jogging.

    Presumably the hospital will arrange physio and hopefully advise on a velcro type thumb splint for work and the basketball season

    Its been ages since i broke a bone but id have thought the ligaments would be why its aches not thats its not healing properly. How do you play cricket without 2 hands? must be tallented!

  12. #11
    jpenn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Hull
    Posts
    43
    Thank Post
    7
    Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
    Rep Power
    12
    Weel i broke my ankle about 3 years ago and still suffer with it now that was with ligament damage too. So there is my bit. Sorry if i'm the bearer of bad news!

  13. #12
    chrbb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Midlands
    Posts
    1,509
    Thank Post
    141
    Thanked 67 Times in 62 Posts
    Rep Power
    47
    Quote Originally Posted by whitenight639 View Post
    Its been ages since i broke a bone but id have thought the ligaments would be why its aches not thats its not healing properly. How do you play cricket without 2 hands? must be tallented!

    Lol, he's still got full use of the fingers just the left thumb out of action.

  14. #13
    krisd32's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Longridge, Preston
    Posts
    545
    Thank Post
    85
    Thanked 68 Times in 47 Posts
    Rep Power
    44
    I tore the cartlidge in myleft knee in january had an operation to remove the piece that had become detached. and it still bloody kills now! just aches more than anything so i guess it could be normal.



SHARE:
+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. network back bone
    By kevin_lane in forum Wireless Networks
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 11th April 2008, 03:36 PM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •