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Old 12-28-07, 03:20 PM   #1
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Wrist injury rehab?

Due to a non-cyclying related fall I have a level III sprain of my right wrist complete with torn ligaments. I won't know the full extent of the injury until I take the MRI to a hand doc in a couple of weeks. Any Clydes with experience rehabbing such an injury? Thanks!
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Old 12-28-07, 04:15 PM   #2
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Ugh - no but good luck!

[edit]Buy yourself one of these (I'd get the 6 x 30, very versatile) - the best cold wrap you can buy. When I sprained my ankles they saved my life for keeping down swelling, even-coldness without that freezer burn feel for about 30 mins, and never feels icey. Could also get the one specifically for wrists though if you ever need a cold pack for anything the wrap will be more useful down the road. For anyone else they also have ones for neck and one for shoulders if you're recovering or get pain in other places[/edit]
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I trashed a wrist over a decade ago doing a karate stunt into a series of "empty" boxes. It was all good until the last one. ... it wasn't empty. It was full of dictionaries. No quick in-and-out there.

Bottom line: Get the X-ray and follow treatment to avoid years and years of pain. A cast for a few months is much better than years of pain, believe me,
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Thanks! I want to get whatever done and then rehab before next spring.
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Due to a non-cyclying related fall I have a level III sprain of my right wrist complete with torn ligaments. I won't know the full extent of the injury until I take the MRI to a hand doc in a couple of weeks. Any Clydes with experience rehabbing such an injury? Thanks!
Yes... when I got hit by a car on my bike I landed on my wrist and tore a tendon or something. I don't remember what the rehab was, but I did it. The wrist was painful for a couple years and I often had to wear a wrist brace. The wrist brace use dwindled down from almost constant to only a couple times a year, to every couple of years. The good news is that the last few times my wrist flared up, I didn't need to use any brace. The bad news is that the injury occurred in 1985.
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Due to a non-cyclying related fall I have a level III sprain of my right wrist complete with torn ligaments. I won't know the full extent of the injury until I take the MRI to a hand doc in a couple of weeks. Any Clydes with experience rehabbing such an injury? Thanks!
No wrist issues, but I did break the large bone in my elbow last October, just one thing, follow the doctors instructions completely, then make sure you use a physical therapist, who is in contact with your doctor, and follow the treatment they have worked out for you. If there is something you can't do, make sure they know about it.
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I’m not a health practitioner; so don’t believe anything I or anybody else on the Interweb says.

I've experienced multiple breaks, including a few in one wrist. Research and experience have taught me the following.

I highly recommend seeing a naturopath, or at least an accredited and experienced natural health pro. Get practitioner grade supplements (brands sold in stores have low amounts and lots of fillers).

Zinc with the appropriate ratio of vitamin A.
Calcium/Magnesium in the proper ratio, preferably chelated for better absorption.
Vitamins E and C also help healing.

For pain relief and to speed healing, nothing beats the homeopathic arnica. I carry it in my saddlebag just in case. Great for bumps, bruises, breaks – even before a trip to the dentist.

Eat excessive amounts of green leafy vegetables for calcium. Get organic if possible, because green leafy vegetables are really good at absorbing pesticides.

Your doc isn't going to tell you this, and will probably laugh. I've never understood why docs are great at putting broken things together, but know so little of healing. They'd never expect their Mercedes to run if they pissed in the fuel tanks, but they think eating crap or eating well has no effect on human healing.

If your doc tells you to drink cow milk, you’ll know s/he doesn’t know. A cow has multiple stomachs. Cow milk is designed to make a calf grow 650 – 900 Kg (1500-2000 pounds for those stuck measuring in the last millennium). It is physiologically impossible for a human body (with 1 stomach) to get calcium out of cow milk. The calcium/magnesium ratio is wrong for humans. Humans who drink cow milk and don’t get other forms of calcium actually have to leach calcium from bone mass to process the excess calcium.

Good luck.

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