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    orthopedics, i need your help, pics!

    i fell on my wrist ~3 weeks ago playing bball. it didn't hurt that bad, which lead me to believe it was a minor sprain. after 2 weeks, it still hadn't shown much improvement, because i kept on playing ball, and just wrapped it up. made an appointment with my family doctor, who says that i did indeed micro fracture the ulnar styloid, and should have put a cast on it as soon as i hurt it. now he's not sure if it would heal on its own, and advised me to see a specialist. i dont have health insurance...and i'm kind of broke... bad timing. here are the x rays:












    so how do i go about with this based on the info i've provided? i xrays were shown on the 3 week of the injury. today is 2 days after the xrays. thanks in advance.

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    I have actually been reading up on fractures lately....since I broke my neck, so I know a little. Now Im not a doc and you could heal fine, but there certain places on the body that are prone to non union(bone not healing). Two of the biggest are the hip, and some bones in the wrist. Hopefully the one you fractured isnt one of them.
    I have a Type 2 odontoid fracture in my C2 vertebrae from a car accident about 8 weeks ago. This break also doesnt get great blood flow and is unstable so is prone to non unions. When an x ray at 1 month didn't show healing they gave me an electronic bone stimulator which has been shown to greatly help bones that are not healing. Since you dont have insurance that may be a prob as these things are like 3 grand.
    Your prob fine, esp since its a small fracture. Id get it put in a cast and take it easy on activities with that hand. If its not progressing, esp after a few months then you may have an issue. But given how small the fracture is, which doesnt look to displaced, I think youd prob be ok.
    My only other advice is get insurance. I didnt have it until I was convinced after much resistance, and a week later I break my neck. One injury like wrist surgery will pay for years of insurance and then some. Good luck with that, get it in a cast and you should be ok.

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    you could probably cast it yourself. All you need is some gauze wrap and fiberglass bandages.

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    It needs putting in a cast. I wouldn't do this yourself though, it may need to be manipulated back into place. Also your cast will have to be set in a certain way. If it has been a fair while after you x-rays then they may send you for some more immediately before hand. Not sure how it works in american, but where i work we get people coming back every couple of weeks for follow up x-rays to check healing progression, as well.
    My advice is to find the money and get it sorted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jinty View Post
    It needs putting in a cast. I wouldn't do this yourself though, it may need to be manipulated back into place. Also your cast will have to be set in a certain way. If it has been a fair while after you x-rays then they may send you for some more immediately before hand. Not sure how it works in american, but where i work we get people coming back every couple of weeks for follow up x-rays to check healing progression, as well.
    My advice is to find the money and get it sorted.
    thanks for your response.

    so i'm guessing you're a hand specialist or orthopedic?

    when you say it may need to be manipulated back into place, does that mean surgery or some other type of manipulation?

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    Go to the county hospital - they will treat an Fracture for free or dirt cheap there. Do not play games with a wrist FX - you could lose dsome range of motion in the wrist and that could kill your b-ball days
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