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back to work after a broken wrist

I have been off work for 4 weeks now and expect another 4 weeks off. I am afraid that when I go back to work, my hand won’t work like it used to! I’m right handed and broke my right wrist, of course. I can’t pick up anything heavier than a feather, I can’t hold a pen, let alone write, and I can’t twist my hand in any way.
Has anyone out there had the same problem??



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I had a colles fracture last summer of my Right wrist also, my dominate hand and I was in a cast for 4 1/2 weeks then occupational therapy and a removable splint for 4 more weeks. I was able to get back to work 2 days a week after the 8 th week. I had my husband and daughter come in as patients first to test my wrist and I was good. It was had to get back into full time but I did it over the course of the next month.

Do your exercises that he therapist gives you. Strength training takes the longest. I still feel it now but it gets better.

I know of one other hygienist that had a similar fracture and she had surgery and is also back to normal.
Good luck.

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I think something that might help you out a lot would either be to do some PT or just some hand strengthening exercises. You can Google exercises that will help you build up finger/wrist strength. Also, if you buy some putty and look up exercises to do with the putty, I find it is a really great strengthening tool! I used all of this when starting school and having to build up those muscles that I never knew existed prior to Hygiene!!

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Great advice from other posts to continue PT & hand strengthening exercises. I’ve had hand surgery and diligently doing the exercises a few times a day really helped. My first day back I accidentally tossed an instrument across the room, the patient & I had a really good laugh. Expect that it will take some time to be completely back to “normal”.

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