Pins and Needles in a Broken Arm
Bad Breaks: The Forearm
The two bones of the forearm -- that portion of the arm from elbow to wrist -- are the radius and the ulna. The radius is the inner bone, in line with the thumb, and the ulna is the outer bone. Fractures to these bones most commonly occur through falling onto the hand and breaking these load-bearing bones or through being whacked with a baseball bat or other such blunt instrument. (Take me out AT the ball park?)
The way to mend an adult fracture that involves breakage and rotation of either or both the radius or ulna is for an orthopedic surgeon to make two long incisions over each bone and, after rotating the bones to their proper alignment, applying screws and plates to each. This easy process can be hampered if one or both of the adult bones is too thin for adult plates to be applied, usually for females injured. Children's-sized plates can be used, but it takes longer for the bones to fuse.
Performing this simple surgery can have other consequences. The muscles have to be moved out of the way, causing the nerves (there are three) to be stretched in the process. Healing may involve one of the nerves to trigger numbness, pain, and/or pins and needles in the arm or hand. The radial nerve affects the thumb and first two fingers, the ulnar nerve affects the little and ring finger, and the median can affect the whole lot.
Yer hip bone's connected to yer neckbone (well -- not directly.)
I fell onto my right hand. The instinct to put our hands down to save ourselves is the wrong one for post-menopausal women over a certain weight (I'm not telling). Apparently, the correct way for us to fall over is to keep our arms out of the way and land on our backsides. I'll remember that the next time. I may even practice it in quiet moments, while waiting for my radius and ulna to heal. One of them was a multi-fragment break, and at least one of them rotated, but I can't remember which.
Part of my healing process involves a cycle of numbness, pins and needles, and pain in my thumb and first two fingers, implying that the radial nerve had to be man-handled a bit during surgery. This is fine by me (feeling=good; no feeling at all=bad). Except for one thing: it's driving me absolutely crazy. I may go out and buy a baseball bat. . . .
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