Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Yep, it's broken. I was hoping it was just tendon damage.

It's a radial head fracture. They can't cast it. I am to use a sling when needed and to start range of motion exercises very soon, like now. Doc said it would take 2 weeks to get the ROM of just bending the elbow. About 4-6 weeks for the wrist.

I am cleared to go back to work with no restrictions. I'm testing my typing now on this blog entry; it hurts. It hurts big time. My fingers are swollen and the elbow area is very swollen. And I'm released to go to work to type 90% of the day?

Anyone have any experience with a radial head fracture? Is this standard procedure?


  1. What a bump! A year before cancer, I broke my humerus (not so humorous)which they could not cast but they could have done surgery to set it with pins. Is this a possiblity with you? My advice is to try to exercise it as much as possible to keep up your range of motion. I did not do this and ended up with frozen shoulder, which took longer to cure than the broken bone.
    I am sure your arm is painful. I was given percocets in the beginning but they really made it hard for me to concentrate on work.

  2. Renee - I don't have any experience personally with radial head fx but I do work in a hospital with a big orthopedic service. The kids who get this type of injury are encouraged to be as active as possible - but then again, they are kids! If I were you I would be sitting on the couch feeling sorry for myself and hoping that people would wait on me....

  3. No experience with it - just unlimited hugs and empathy and quick healing sent your way.

  4. No experience with it - just unlimited hugs and empathy and quick healing sent your way.

  5. Sorry no experience with it but ... do try and take it easy.

  6. Renee, can the doctor give you any pain medication, at least while you're working? I take "Norco" medication for my back. It doesn't bother me with concentration. Well...then again, I'm always forgetting halfway through a sentence, but I just figured that was menopause. Hmmm...now I'm not sure. But ask the doctor about it if you can.

    Praying for a quick recovery!

    Love you!

  7. Bummer!!!!! I think the pain meds would help a lot here! I'm so sorry you have to go through this! Can't imagine typing all day with this type of thing! You have all my sympathy, believe me!

  8. Sorry, I can't offer you any advice but I hope you are pain free soon x