Several years ago I tripped at work (I’m a college professor), tried to stop my fall with my hand, and wound up shattering my wrist in 6 places. No question I needed orthopaedic surgery to fix my wrist.
My treatment and recovery
Went to an orthopaedic surgeon who was just down the road from my college. The surgeon was recommended by a friend. Initially, I wanted to see if the wrist would mend itself – the surgeon didn’t think so but gave me a few days. After a follow-up visit, he said surgery was the only option and he scheduled surgery within two days.
I was very concerned about how my hand or wrist would look like after surgery but the scar was very small and not noticeable. Had my hand in a cast for several weeks, but I returned to work the following day post surgery and continued teaching. My colleagues and the administration were flabbergasted that I didn’t take several weeks off to recuperate – even the surgeon was surprised and was willing to give me as much time off work as I wanted.
I kept the cast on several weeks and then started physical therapy for several months to gradually rebuild wrist strength and flexibility. It was a slow process but I got the use of my hand back