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Wrist frozen after cast was removed

It’s been hectic again, I travel so much! I was in Western North Carolina teaching at the World Massage Festival and the entire time I was there I was unable to get online. It seems the entire school’s internet service was out so everyone was stuck…bummer! In any case, I’m only finally getting caught up with email, etc., and I apologize for the delay in both this blog and in my forum answers (if you posted something there).

A woman posted a message on the Hand/Wrist Forum that I think is really important, so I’m going to copy it here and then post the message that I gave her.

The answer I’m giving her is about treating a locked wrist after the cast is removed, but the theory is exactly the same regardless of which joint was broken. If muscles are tight, that joint isn’t moving until they are released.

Here’s the message:

I broke my wrist..the radius, in two places. The over the elbow cast was replaced after 3 weeks, the shorter one taken off at 6 weeks. Had significant tightness/loss of motion in elbow/better now but still slight pain/tightness. My hand after getting cast off 7 days still quite swollen. Cannot flatten my palm, can not move my palm up at all and only slightly down. I have been massaging my hand, still icing it, trying to move it gently. I see a tiny bit of improvement. I am getting scared, it is my dominant hand. The resident that discharged me gave me nothing to guide me, just said, start using it. It is extremely weak, as well. I bought your book and was getting ready to work on problems that cause my right pinky and ring fingers to be numb and then I broke my wrist. I have had that for 2 years. So, I am wondering if that problem is impeding healing. I don’t want to damage my hand. The resident said to come back in 6 weeks and if not better..THEN physical therapy. That does not seem right to me.

I agree with you that you shouldn’t be leaving it for six weeks, but I also believe that you are definitely on the right track by thinking about releasing the tight muscles so they will stop putting pressure on your wrist joint.

When you break a bone the muscle that inserts into that bone will snap back and suddenly become short, putting a strain on the insertion point at the joint. when the bone was then set, I would be surprised to hear that anyone released the tension in the muscle fibers, so it was/is still pulling on the insertion point. Think about pulling your hair hard and then trying to move your head in the opposite direction. That is exactly what happens when the muscles are pulling tightly on the joint and you try to move it in the opposite direction.

Just from what you are describing I would say your flexor (underside of your forearm) and extensor (top side of your forearm) are both tight. Another analogy is to think of having a stick and then pulling hard on attached ropes that go in both directions. As you are pulling you are unable to move the stick either way because you are pulling in both directions. Same thing with the flexors (move your palm down so you can press your hand into a table top) and extensors (move your hand up so your fingers are pointing at the ceiling). You may like to do an internet search to look at both sets of muscles, or you can go to http://www.carpaltunneltreatment.org and then look at the section called Anatomy Lessons.

You don’t need to do any exercises, that will only make the muscles even shorter, you do need to find the spasms, apply direct pressure, and then after all the spasms are released you can begin to stretch.

I just came back from breaking both of the bones of my ankle (my foot wasn’t attached to anything) and I worked on the muscles the entire time I was in the hard cast (reaching as far into the cast as possible), and then when I was out of the hard cast and could reach my leg by unbuckling the boot, I worked on every muscle from my knee to my toes. It was painful, it was very focused and slow, but within two weeks of being out of the hard cast I had full range-of-motion in my ankle (even though I was still non-weight bearing for another two months). The doctors were shocked, but when I tried to show them what I had done the doctor said “that’s not my field, I don’t deal with muscles, just bones.” I couldn’t believe it!

YOU are your own best therapist in this situation. You need to work on all of the muscles from the front of your shoulder all the way down to your thumb muscle in your hand (the rest of your fingers are moved by your flexors and extensors). Massaging your hand is like pulling your hair as hard as you can and then massaging your scalp to stop the headache. Your hand movement comes from your forearm and that’s the only place that will work when you are trying to make a difference.

I suggest you read the entire website thoroughly so you can understand what is happening, and if you didn’t read the Home Page of http://www.julstro.com, it will definitely be worthwhile for you to do so. Also read the sections titled “Muscles and Pain” and “What’s Happening Exactly.” You can release the spasms, I’m sure of it. By the time you go to the PT (who is going to give you exercises) you’ll have full movement of your hand and wrist again and be ready to do the strengthening exercises to finish off the situation.

Wishing you well,
Julie

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29 Responses to Wrist frozen after cast was removed

  1. twobad11: May 22, 2012 at 3:29 am

    Dr. Donnelly,

    I am a senior Warrant officer in the Army. I just had a long 8 week period in a cast for a wrist fracture/Dislocation surgery. Was wondering if my Doc is telling me everything I need to know. Is it usual to have a very stiff wrist after cast removal? I have been working my muscles…. but it does not seem to affect the mobility. If you coud help me understannd what exercises in the forearm i should be doing, it is appreciated. I cant move my hand more than a couple centimeters either up or down. Howeer, been trying to keep my sexy at the gym. thanks

    Chief

  2. Julie Donnelly: May 27, 2012 at 3:09 am

    Hi Chief,

    I totally understand the stiffness when the cast is removed. The problem is that your muscles snapped back into spasms when you had the initial break, and then the bone was fixed but the muscles weren’t released. As you were in the cast the muscles just got tighter and tighter. The analogy I use is, if you pulled your hair hard on the right, and also pulled it hard on the left, you wouldn’t be able to turn your head in any direction, but all you need to do is let go of your hair.

    It’s the same with muscles. When they snapped back into the spasms, it was the muscles on the top of your forearm (the extensors; lifts your flat hand up off a table toward the ceiling) and your flexors on the under side of your forearm (brings your hand down). Because they are both tight you can’t move up or down. Plus there is a muscle called brachioradialis that brings your hand to the side (thumb moving sideways). With the muscles pulling in all three directions you can’t move. You need more than just a massage (doesn’t get to the deepest fibers, even if it’s called a deep tissue massage).

    Have you looked at http://www.CarpalTunnelTreatment.org? You can self-treat the muscles properly and successfully. The treatments are very deep, and focused on specific spasms, but it’s not hard to do. Don’t get discouraged, I know you can make it 100% better by releasing the tension in these muscles.

    Wishing you well,
    Julie

  3. kathy morris: November 8, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    i fell in work on my elbow causes a break to my radius and to cracks going up in to my joint of my left hand the pain still as bad as the day i done it even after taking the cast off , im haveing phyios but my wrist lockes the hand shakes and the pain so bad never hand this till i started phyios why is it happening

  4. Julie Donnelly: November 8, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Hi Kathy. When a bone breaks the muscles attaching to the bone will snap to their shortest length, and then stay that way until they are treated to eliminate the spasms that formed in the fibers. The odds are you are doing exercises that are further shortening the muscles of your lower arm. This is putting an additional strain on the insertion point where the tendons attach to the bones of your hand. I suggest you release the spasms in the muscles of your flexors and extensors (lower arm muscles). You may want to consider getting the Julstro System (see http://www.julstro.com/wrist-and-hand-pain/) which fully explains the muscles that insert into your wrist, as well as all of the muscles that will cause hand/wrist pain and numbness. The Julstro System teaches you how to treat each of these muscles properly. You can also go to a trigger point massage therapist, although it will take several sessions before the muscles release fully and stay in their normal length.
    The odds are excellent that the pain will be eliminated after the tight muscles are released.

  5. Ciano: November 22, 2014 at 2:27 am

    Hello,

    My mate just said after he got his cast removed, he just forced his hand to close by his will. He said it hurt but now he can move his hand freely. As someone who broke his hand once too, i can’t even fathom the idea of what he did, is the thing he did scientifically possible? It sounds way too painful and weird to me.

    Sincerly,

    Ciano Huang

  6. Julie Donnelly: November 22, 2014 at 5:24 am

    Hi Ciano,

    Yes, it is possible, even probable. It would have been MUCH easier if he had released the spasms in his forearm muscles before trying to force his hand shut. When you “untie” the spasms (knots) the muscles move easier, and without straining the fibers. That is exactly what I teach in all of my products…how to release the spasms and then stretch the muscles.

    Wishing you well,
    Julie

  7. Ciano: November 26, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Hello again,

    Does the method of forcing your hand to move have any cons? Like pain for a long time? If i ever break a bone again, i’m considering using the forceful method too.

    Sincerly,

    Ciano Huang

  8. Julie Donnelly: November 27, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Hi Ciano. The negative can be that the muscle fibers will tear if they are so tight and then forced to stretch without first releasing the spasms. It’s quite easy to release the spasms and flush out the muscle fibers so there isn’t any reason to take the chance of tearing the fibers.

    I had a serious ankle break, it was so bad that my foot was only held on by my muscles and tendons, the end of the long bones, where they meet the ankle joint, were all broken in half. I did exactly what I’m suggesting to you. I worked deeply on all of the muscles that cross over the ankle joint and it took the strain off the joint. When the cast was removed I worked even deeper because I could now go along the entire length of the muscle. AFTER releasing all the spasms and the contraction in the muscles, I would then forcefully stretch and move my ankle.

    In one week I had full range of motion in my ankle, although I couldn’t put put my foot on the floor to try to walk for three months while the bone was healing.

    I know that what I’m suggesting works, so I suggest you don’t just stretch while the muscle fibers are in knots and putting a strain on the tendons and the joint.

    Wishing you well,
    Julie

  9. Abdul Kareem: June 12, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    i had a injury in my right hand radius dislocated and fractured falling from bike i had put cast for 6 weeks, after removing cast i cant move my right hand properly i doing my physio therapy but still i cant move my right hand properly if you have any solution suggest me what kind of exercise treatment i need to do

  10. Julie Donnelly: July 17, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Hi Abdul,

    My experience in working with clients who can’t move after a cast is removed, even though they are doing physical therapy, is that the muscles are so tight that the only way to release the tension is to do very deep, focused and not-sliding therapy on each muscle that inserts into the joint.

    I’ve been teaching people for years how to do this self-therapy, but it is very time-consuming and won’t be an overnight solution. The primary muscles for you to treat are your flexors and extensors (your lower arm muscles), but muscles in your upper arm, shoulder, and your thumb are also most likely involved.

    You can either look for a massage therapist who is thoroughly trained in doing trigger point therapy, or you can consider either buying my book,
    Treat Yourself to Pain-Free Living,” and do it yourself, or if you’d prefer we could do a Skype consultation and I’ll work with you to find all the places that need to be treated.

    In any case, as long as your doctor has done x-rays and shown that your bones have healed properly and shouldn’t be causing any restrictions, the only thing left is either weak muscles or nerves not sending a “move” signal or tight muscles preventing your wrist from moving. My field of expertise is the tight muscles, so that’s the only one of these causes that I can help you resolve. The good news is I have seen so many people get relief that I believe you will return to normal as soon as you isolate the CAUSE of your problem.

  11. Lil: January 18, 2017 at 12:45 am

    Quick question – got my cast off for breaking my wrist and when I try to move it sideways in the direction to my thumb, can only move a little then it’s painful like my bone is still broken and if I try harder, it gives me very sharp pains and feels like my bone’s going to snap -so is that normal and that’s my muscle??

  12. Julie Donnelly: January 20, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Hi Lil,

    When a bone breaks it causes the attached muscle to go into a spasm and shorten. The bone is set and heals, but the muscle is still short, so it’s putting pressure on the insertion point. It’s like pulling your hair and your scalp hurts, in the same manner, the muscle is pulling on the tendon and the bone hurts. I suggest you massage the muscle that is in spasm, with a goal of lengthening it toward your thumb. There are a lot of muscles in your forearm so I’d need to see where you’re feeling the pain to figure out which muscle needs to be treated. I suggest you consider getting the Julstro System for Hand/Wrist Pain as you’ll learn how to self-treat every muscle in your arm, plus a lot more. Once your muscles are released the pain and stiffness should be eliminated unless there is something wrong with the way the bone was set (unlikely, but it is possible).

  13. Lil: January 26, 2017 at 1:39 am

    Hi Julie! Thanks very much! That explains it! Much appreciated! Will keep massaging and exercising it… hope it gets strong again…
    Thanks!
    Lil

  14. Julie Donnelly: January 26, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    You’re welcome Lil. Please feel free to come back and let me know how you are doing. Julie

  15. Chris Harvey: January 19, 2017 at 8:11 am

    As similar To those above I’ve just had a cast removed and and feeling the pain as the day I broke it. However I broke my scaphoid a while ago and had a lot less pain prior to the cast. I had a non Union bone graft and screw put in. After 7 weeks the dr said its not yet healed but removed cast anyway and the screw is “proud” so is catching on things in my hand and at times is painful. This just doesn’t seem right to me. 7 weeks moving my wrist and using a splint seems a bit risky in its condition.

  16. Julie Donnelly: March 7, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Hi Chris,

    Somehow your message was sandwiched in between some answers to the other lady with the wrist pain, and I’m only just reading it tonight. It’s been six weeks since you wrote and I apologize for this delay. I hope you were able to read other messages and find some solutions. How are you doing now? I find it amazing that the cast was removed, has that screw situation been resolved.

    Please send an email to CustomerService@Julstro.com and Sue, my Customer Service Manager will forward it to me so we can talk about this outside of the blog. These next two weeks I’m traveling and speaking at three different conventions and meetings. I’ll watch for your email and get back to you asap.

    If you haven’t already gone there, please look at http://www.CarpalTunnelTreatment.org which is a page on the http://www.Julstro.com website. This page is dedicated to the hand and wrist and should have some information that will help you sort this out.

    I’ll look forward to hearing from you.

    Wishing you well,
    Julie

  17. Audrey: April 6, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    My scaphoid was fractured six weeks ago the doctor removed the cast , however my wrist is still swollen and my finger cannot bend ,.. What should i do?

  18. Julie Donnelly: April 12, 2017 at 2:36 am

    Hi Audrey,

    It unfortunately common for a person to not have normal range-of-motion after having broken a bone, but fortunately it is simple to reverse the stiffness. I just responded to another comment that was very similar to what you are experiencing. I’m going to copy that response here so you can read it, and I’ll make additional comments where it fits:

    First an explanation of the basics: a muscle originates on one bone, merges into a tendon, and the tendon crosses over the joint before it inserts into the bone on the opposite side of the joint. For example, your forearm muscles merge into tendons that cross over your wrist and insert into your hand and fingers. When a bone breaks, especially a joint, the muscle snaps back as the tension is released.

    Think of an elastic band that is being stretched from one end of a stick to the other end of the stick. If the stick breaks the band snaps back and brings the two broken ends of the stick closer together. This is what is happening when a bone breaks. When it happens you can’t move your joint properly, and in some cases you can’t move it at all.

    As the muscle snaps back it causes multiple spasms (knots in the muscle fibers) to develop. The spasms cause the muscle to shorten, but as the bone is being set the muscle is stretched back to full length. Unfortunately the spasms aren’t released, so the muscle is actually too short to go the distance from the one bone to the other. You don’t feel it while you’re under anesthesia, but as the anesthesia wears off you may feel pain at one or both of the bones. This is the muscle pulling, causing pain just like pulling your hair will cause pain at your scalp. To stop the pain in your scalp you need to let go of your hair, and in the same manner, to stop the pain on the bone you need to release the spasms/knots in the muscle. Your wrist is actually controlled by the muscles of your forearm. When they are tight because of spasms/knots, you are only going to move as far as the muscle will lengthen. Apparently the muscle that goes to that finger is completely contracted so it won’t lengthen enough to let you bend your finger.

    With that said, the muscles of your forearm all need to be treated to release the spasms that developed when your wrist bone broke.

    When the bone is set it is extremely unusual for anyone to release the muscles, but you can do it yourself. If you go to http://www.julstro.com and click on the wrist in the graphic on the Home Page, you’ll be able to read about a product I developed when I had severe carpal tunnel syndrome and couldn’t use my left hand. It was horrible, and it completely disappeared when I figured out how to treat each of the muscles.

    Wishing you well,
    Julie

  19. Meridith Scherer: April 10, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    I found this post because I’m dealing with the same thing. Broken wrist from a car accident and after the cast was removed I can’t flip my hand palm up and my hand and wrist are extremely stiff with limited movement. I am starting PT on Wednesday but I feel I need a trigger point massage first. Is there anything I can or have my husband help me do? When I don’t elevate my arm it gets very swollen and circulation doesn’t seem great. Using my essential oils is helping but I feel like I need to stop the spasms and get rid of the tightness.

  20. Julie Donnelly: April 12, 2017 at 2:28 am

    Hi Meridith,

    First an explanation of the basics: a muscle originates on one bone, merges into a tendon, and the tendon crosses over the joint before it inserts into the bone on the opposite side of the joint. For example, your forearm muscles merge into tendons that cross over your wrist and insert into your hand and fingers. When a bone breaks, especially a joint, the muscle snaps back as the tension is released.

    Think of an elastic band that is being stretched from one end of a stick to the other end of the stick. If the stick breaks the band snaps back and brings the two broken ends of the stick closer together. This is what is happening when a bone breaks. When it happens you can’t move your joint properly, and in some cases you can’t move it at all.

    As the muscle snaps back it causes multiple spasms (knots in the muscle fibers) to develop. The spasms cause the muscle to shorten, but as the bone is being set the muscle is stretched back to full length. Unfortunately the spasms aren’t released, so the muscle is actually too short to go the distance from the one bone to the other. You don’t feel it while you’re under anesthesia, but as the anesthesia wears off you may feel pain at one or both of the bones. This is the muscle pulling, causing pain just like pulling your hair will cause pain at your scalp. To stop the pain in your scalp you need to let go of your hair, and in the same manner, to stop the pain on the bone you need to release the spasms/knots in the muscle.

    With that said, the muscles of your forearm all need to be treated to release the spasms that developed when your wrist bones broke.

    When the bone is set it is extremely unusual for anyone to release the muscles, but you can do it yourself. If you go to http://www.julstro.com and click on the wrist in the graphic on the Home Page, you’ll be able to read about a product I developed when I had severe carpal tunnel syndrome and couldn’t use my left hand. It was horrible, and it completely disappeared when I figured out how to treat each of the muscles.

    Wishing you well,
    Julie

  21. Aisha: June 2, 2017 at 9:02 am

    My son’s broke both of his bone in his wrist, the ulna and the radius. His cast was removed after 7 weeks, but his wrist is still bent. Its not straight, the Dr. said it will straighten out in a couple of weeks. Is this true? I’m very worried.

  22. Julie Donnelly: July 12, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Hi Aisha,

    Well, yes and no about his wrist straightening out by itself. The “yes” is it will when the tight muscles are released and take the pressure off his wrist joint, and the “no” is it either will take a very long time if he doesn’t treat the muscles, or it will not fully release at all.

    He doesn’t need to exercise the muscles as that will only make them shorter, and could put a strain on the joint and cause pain. He also shouldn’t just stretch the muscles as there are knots in the fibers and if he stretches the fibers without untying the knots it will cause the knot to get more complicated and will overstretch the fibers on either side of the knot.

    Is your son old enough to do self-treatments? If not, then bring him to a good massage therapist who will show you how to treat the muscles for him. I have put these self-treatments into a DVD format that is easy to follow, you can look at it by going to https://www.julstro.com/wrist-and-hand-pain-full.

    The good news is, once the muscles are released I believe that his wrist will be 100% flexible and pain-free.

    Wishing you well,
    Julie

  23. Julie Donnelly: July 12, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Hi Aisha,

    The answer to whether your son’s wrist will move properly is “yes” and “no.” When the bones at your son’s wrist broke it caused all of the muscles of his lower arm to snap back into multiple spasms. All of these muscles originate close to his elbow, travel down his arm until they merge into tendons just above his wrist, and then they all insert into his wrist, hand and fingers. As the bones broke the insertion points in the wrist/hand/fingers all snapped back. Think of it with this analogy: if you had two sticks that were held together with tape and that had rubber bands stretched from the top of one stick to the bottom of the other stick, and then you broke one of the sticks, the rubber band would snap back. This movement would take the other stick up with it. But in the body the rubber band (muscle) forms multiple knots (spasms) as it’s shortening. Think of what would happen if you tried to straighten out the two sticks without first untying the knots in the rubber band. You may be able to force it straight, but the knots in the band will put pressure on both ends of the stick.

    This is what is happening to your son’s hand/wrist. The muscles that originate at his elbow are shortened by spasms and they are pulling his wrist so it can’t straighten out, or move properly. All of the spasms need to be released. Fortunately this is easier than it sounds.

    Is your son old enough to do self-treatments? They will hurt, but he can keep the pain to within his tolerance level, and it will get better and better each time he does the self-treatments. If he isn’t old enough, you can do it for him. You can also go to a good massage therapist who is skilled at doing trigger point therapy and myofascial release, but that will cost you a lot because it needs to be done every day. That’s why I teach people how to self-treat, so the treatments can be done several times a day.

    I suggest you read about the hands & wrist and consider getting the Basic Julstro System so you can either have him treat himself or you can do it for him. I know it works because I developed it on myself when I had a serious case of carpal tunnel syndrome, and I’ve been teaching it to people for 20 years.

    The bottom-line is, if the muscle spasms are released and the stress removed from his wrist, you son’s hand/wrist will be just fine.

    Wishing you well,
    Julie

  24. Linda murphy: July 10, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    I broke my distal radis and had my cast off a week ago. I can use my fingers and thumb ok even though bit sore. But can not turn my wrist one bit. I can move up and down ok

  25. Julie Donnelly: July 12, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Hi Linda,

    When a bone is broken the muscle that crosses over that bone will suddenly shorten into spasms. You are given medications during the surgery, and those drugs will release the tension on the muscle so it can stretch back and allow the bone to be set. However, when you wake up your muscle returns to its shortened state that was caused by the spasms (knots) that formed during the break.

    Think of it this way, if you had a rubber band that was attached to two ends of a stick, and then the stick broke, the two ends would pull closer together as the rubber band shortened. If knots formed in the band at the same time, and then you tried to stretch it back to full length to repair the stick, it would put a strain on the two ends of the stick. That is what happens in the body. You feel pain, and have limited range-of-motion, because the muscle isn’t its proper length to function.

    The primary muscle that shortened on you was your Pronator Quadratus (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pronator_quadratus_muscle). When your radius bone broke it caused this muscle to shorten into spasms. Now that the bone is healed the shortened muscle is holding it taut so it doesn’t have any pulling power. Another muscle that is involved is your brachioradialis (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brachioradialis). You’ll find that it’s also putting a strain on your wrist, preventing it from moving properly. Fortunately both of these muscles are easy to treat. You’ll need to treat them several times a day for about two weeks, so it’s best if you learn how to self-treat rather than needing to go to a therapist. I suggest you go to https://www.julstro.com/wrist-and-hand-pain/ and read about the muscles, and consider getting the Julstro Basic System. In that System I teach you how to self-treat all of the muscles of your forearm, as well as any muscles that cause hand/wrist pain and numbness.

    Having broken both bones in my ankle, and then getting full range-of-motion back after only one week out of the cast, I can assure you that treating the muscles will give you back your mobility

    Wishing you well,
    Julie

  26. Naman sharma: October 3, 2017 at 3:08 am

    Hlo i m Naman ,was studying in in past month…but had a fracture in my right hand’ s wrist.
    That DR. Just said to use ….not guided me.
    It is very difficult for me to move my wrist neither up nor down …and even not in side.
    It has become harder from the place it was fracture..why is it so?
    Will it be same as before if exercised n massaged?
    Plz reply.
    It will be a great thanks to you to suggest me .

  27. Julie Donnelly: October 11, 2017 at 2:21 am

    Hi Naman. When a bone is fractured the muscles that cross over the break will suddenly shorten into multiple spasms. The problem comes in when the bone is set and put into a cast, but the tight muscle isn’t treated. The spasms prevent the muscle from lengthening so your wrist joint can move easily. My suggestion is that you treat all of the spasms in your entire arm and shoulder, and then stretch the muscles. I believe you’ll find most of the spasms in your extensor muscles, which are on the top of your forearm. I don’t suggest that you exercise the muscles right now as that could cause the muscles to become shorter, you need to lengthen the muscles so your wrist can move. If you go to https://www.julstro.com/wrist-and-hand-pain/ you can read about the muscles, and how you can treat them. I believe you can resolve this problem, but it will take you some time and effort. Fortunately, the self-treatments are easy to do, they are just very focused.

  28. Gydienne: December 7, 2017 at 2:00 am

    Hi Doc.
    I had a displace fractute of 4th metacarpal,i wore a cast for 4weeks.after removal which was just yesterday i had a swollen palm nd my wrist is stiff.i could hardly make a fist.how do i go about it?

  29. Julie Donnelly: December 12, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Hi Gydienne. Thank you for the compliment, but I’m not a doctor. I’m a massage therapist who has specialized in the treatment of chronic pain and sports injuries for 28 years, and I’m grateful to say that my work has helped thousands of people. With that said, let’s talk about how to help you. I imagine the bone is now mended, and you are probably set up to go to physical therapy to get your wrist movement back. The thing I suggest is to do very deep, focused (no sliding on the muscle) treatment for the spasms that formed when you broke the bone, an while you were in the cast. Most people will focus on your hand, but I suggest you treat all of the muscles from your shoulder all the way to your hand. Squeeze and press your forearm, and when you find a tender point, you’ll have found a spasm that needs to be treated. Just hold the pressure on the point for about a minute. You can get more information by going to https://www.julstro.com/wrist-and-hand-pain/. You’ll see a treatment program, called the Julstro Method for Hand/Wrist pain, that you can do to self-treat each muscle that was affected by the bone break. Also, I suggest you soak your arm in a bath of Epsom salt. You can do this in a sink if you want, but you need to soak it for 40 minutes to get the full benefit, so you’ll probably find it easier to fill a bathtub and just rest for 40 minutes. That will help to draw out toxins from your arm, and put in magnesium (benefits the muscles).

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