I have one of those too. Mine has 5 screws though.
I was off the bike for 3 weeks. Hurt for another 12 weeks after that. Took 2 years to actually heal to where I wouldn't notice it anymore. Still have very slight numbness from the nerve damage at the incision. I didn't do any rehab though either. Range of motion was 100% after a few months.
its a common injury especially with elderly people.........you fall and post an arm down to break your fall and your wrist bone gets driven into one of your bones in your forearm and it sheers it lengthwise, once that happens it won't heal with cast, it has to be screwed back together
the actual break didn't hurt at all till I got up and pulled on it, that hurt a lot
after surgery it was painless too, it wasn't till I got on the bike that it hurt.....going over bumps it was tender for a few weeks
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pedex: who you callin' elderly?
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1. it's 316LVM stainless. most metal detectors work by magnetic induction; austenitic steels are pretty much invisible to that type of equipment.
2. i get stopped and searched ANYWAY. so it's not like they can stop and search me MORE.
what's been strange about this whole process is that we're not sure how i broke it. the orthopaedist even commented on the break being "strange" - and he's a hand and wrist specialist.
i took a spill off of my town bike onto pavement - falling on my right side. road rash, the whole works. my left arm was pretty much flailing madly in the air. apparently, too well.
then i walked 1/3 of a mile to the bike shop, and had them fix my bike ('cause my hands weren't working - odd, that). walked from there another mile or so to the car, loaded the bike, and drove to the ER (manual steering and standard shift rules!).
so it's really wasn't as bad as it looks. the couple days after the surgery actually sucked more.