Q. I have a doubt in the alignment of my fracture healing. Kindly advice.

Answered by
Dr. Atul Prakash
and medically reviewed by Dr.Nithila A
Published on Sep 22, 2019

Hello doctor,

Please see my attached files and advised me that my radius bone is healing in alignment or not. My fracture is 20 days old, and plaster is opened swelling and pain in these areas. I doubt that my bone is not in alignment.

Dr. Atul Prakash

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You are right, and the radius is out of alignment. The dorsal angulation appears to be 15 degrees. This is eyeballing, and I may be off by a few degrees, but the position is not acceptable in a young person, again I am assuming that you are less than 40 years of age and this is your right hand. Secondly, in the AP view the radial translation is acceptable, and so is the shortening.

Clinically the wrist may look unshapely when compared with the opposite side if this is obvious and now 20 days down the line it can still be manipulated and put into a molded plaster as further delay will mean that the fracture will need a surgical procedure to improve alignment. I do not know why did they remove the plaster at 20 days as the plaster should be on for at least four to five weeks.

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