First of all where do you live? The land of physical therapy or physiotherapy? Not that there is a large difference but I just like to know where people are from.
Secondly are you a year out from the injury or a year out from reconstruction? The reason I ask is each incident should really be considered an injury. And a year out from surgery is not all that long. I am 28 years out from having my left hand heavily lacerated and two fingers being reattached. And I am still getting evidence of nerve growth.
It sounds to me like your problem is more one of faulty mechanics, joints not doing what joints did. Maybe the plates and screws that hold your bones together while they knit are getting in the way of what you want to do.
I am a working musician. At the time of my injury I was rapidly becoming a pretty adequate fiddler. I can't fiddle any more. But I can play guitar and banjo and I can perform which is what I wanted to do in the first place. I just perform differently.
In the shop I have to rely on jigs for some work as well as learning to use my right hand for the finger work my left hand use to do.
Now I am learning to cope with the aftermath of a car accident almost a year ago. I can't sit at the bench for more that thirty minutes without standing. I can't stand at the bench for more than 40 minutes at a stretch. The days of marathon polishing and finishing are done for the now. But I have a talented Occupational Therapist who I am working with you see what is possible. Meanwhile I am doing PT three times a week. And these to clinicians are telling me not to be in a hurry.
Feel free to contact me privately or on this forum. I am happy to tell my story and share my experience with anyone.
Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROIDOn Dec 24, 2016 11:14 AM, Agnes Weessies <[email protected]> wrote:
It's been over a year now since I shattered my right hand and arm. I've pretty much gotten most of the hands usage back, but I still can't bend it backward. This due to all the metal plats rods, and many many screws that are still lighting up metal detectors, left in my wrist. I saw the oath doc two days ago, and he doesn't want to take the hardware out yet. So I got a wonderful cortisone shot into the wrist. After the shot I walked into the lobby to pay and leave. 2 hours later they figured I was ready to leave. I never lost consciousness, but I was not able to even open my eyes. No problem with my mouth though. Now I've resigned myself to the fact that I will most likely have the hardware in my hand the rest of my life.
Here is the problem. Even the slight bit I can bend it backward doing things like holding and using gravers has become something I can no longer do. The pain that shoots up my hand and arm is not worth the work. I was reading about the power engraver and got to wondering, what other types of tools are out there to help ease the pain you get in your hand/wrist from what was once normal work? I can use pliers, files, hammers, stuff like that. Some things I worked and learned to use my left hand. But gravers are evil to me. It is one of those things that only will work (in my peabrain) with my right hand. I learned to do sawing with my left hand. Until you go to use a tool you don't realize how much you bend you hand.
Any suggestions about tricks or tools people with injuries or arthritis have adapted would be appreciated.
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