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trailgator
September 12, 2007, 01:46 PM
I'd appreciate hearing from any handgunners who have come back from broken wrists. About 7 weeks ago I had an accident that resulted in me severely shattering my right wrist. It required a titanium plate and many screws to put it back together. While it has healed somewhat, the movement is still very limited. I'm concerned about how this will affect my ability to shoot handguns that have a noticeable recoil. I've asked my doctor and hand therapist, but they look at me like I just handed them a dead fish (obviously not gun folks). Thanks!

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DogBonz
September 12, 2007, 02:00 PM
When I broke my wrist in a dirt bike crash, after healing, I had no ill effects, but it was a clean break. When i broke a bone in my hand that required pins and surgery it drastically affected my shooting for about one year, and still bothers me on occasion. At first, it hurt to shoot anything other than 22, 9mm, and 38spl. I couldn't shoot my 45's or 357's. I took it slow, and now only on the rare occasion does it bother me. So yes, you may have a few issues at first, but if you start slow and work up in caliber, you will be fine.

Test1968
September 12, 2007, 02:01 PM
I broke mine, and it was a simple fracture.

I couldn't shoot for about 10 months all told. The 4 recovering and getting out of cast and brace, and then working on normal usage for 6 more months.

After those 10 months, a .22 pistol will tell you about strength, with regards to keeping on target. The I moved up to .38 to see about recoil.

Good luck on your recovery

CWL
September 12, 2007, 02:26 PM
You should aggressively follow your physical therapy regimen and not shirk from any pain or discomfort to build up strength and flexibility. You may need to build up larger muscles where you didn't have much before in order to support your damaged bone structure.

Consider developing left-handed skills. When I shattered my right hand years back, it allowed me to become almost ambidextrous with my left hand.

strat81
September 12, 2007, 02:37 PM
You should aggressively follow your physical therapy regimen and not shirk from any pain or discomfort to build up strength and flexibility. You may need to build up larger muscles where you didn't have much before in order to support your damaged bone structure.

Never broke my wrist, but +1 to physical therapy. It can be excruciating at times, but meds will get you through it. Beware the physical therapist: all smiles, but true sadists. "Oh that hurts? Let me push harder!!" Best wishes for a fast recovery.

Larry Ashcraft
September 12, 2007, 02:43 PM
My wife shattered her wrist about three years ago. Once it was healed, she would try and use it in a normal way, instead of relying on her other hand.

There's some limited movement, because of the plates, but she is able to do pretty much what she was doing before.

GunTech
September 12, 2007, 03:02 PM
Expect it to be months before you can even think of shooting a large caliber handgun.

35Rem
September 12, 2007, 03:07 PM
Sounds like a good time to get in some weak hand shooting.
+1 on the therapy stuff, don't brush it off, not even a little.

yesit'sloaded
September 12, 2007, 03:31 PM
I shattered my left arm in mid July and am still unable to keep anything over a .22 rifle on target without going prone or shooting from a bench. I got real good at one handed pistol shooting as that was about all I could do. +2 on therapy it made me cry a few times but getting my range of motion back was worth it. Don't be surprised if your first one handed group at 10 yards is a 5 foot group.

trailgator
September 12, 2007, 03:35 PM
I knew I could count on you guys! I am doing the therapy faithfully, pain and all. Plus I'm doing a lot of it at home. I have weight trained fairly regularly for 25 years, so I have some equipment at home that I can utilize for this. The common denominator in what everyone seems to say, is PATIENCE. Not my strong point, but I know you're right. I think I'm antsy knowing deer season is right around the corner. Looks like the 30-30 contender is sitting this season out. Thanks again for everyone's input and advice. This THR place is pretty darn friendly. ;)

Wheeler44
September 12, 2007, 03:40 PM
Good luck trailgator, I broke my arm when I was 13. I took some time off and nine months later was shooting a 44-40 just fine. But young folks tend to heal quick.

Shootin' Buddy
September 13, 2007, 10:11 PM
So I'm not the only one out there recovering, eh?

It's been eight weeks for me - broken left wrist. I'm still trying to get strong enough to play my video games again. :)

AnthonyC.
September 13, 2007, 10:15 PM
Hey I could take care of your 30-30 for a while......:D

pax
September 13, 2007, 10:18 PM
What kind of exercises are you guys doing?

pax
not broken, just curious

Geronimo45
September 13, 2007, 10:27 PM
What kind of exercises are you guys doing?

I think they're working on 'wrist control' techniques.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2REG3-Wb5gM

Sunray
September 13, 2007, 11:06 PM
"...About 7 weeks ago..." It's going to be a long time before you're shooting anything with that mitt. I don't know anybody who has shattered a wrist, but I do know a couple of guys who shattered ankles, big time. Both put back together with the plates and screws being put in that were taken out some time later. Both are back to normal. Well, as normal as either was to start with. Get healthy before you worry about it.

gezzer
September 14, 2007, 02:43 AM
Accept it as an opportunity to learn to be efficient with your weak hand, you have a chance to become very proficient.

What does not kill us makes us stronger.

2RCO
September 14, 2007, 02:49 AM
:neener::evil:You need one of those Stephen Colbert Wrist bands.

yesit'sloaded
September 14, 2007, 02:52 AM
Pax, I had nerve damage affecting my wrist as well as my arm, and they cut my tricep to get to the fragments of what was left of my middle humerus. I am doing strength training on my arm and wrist, you lose a lot from not moving it for a month. I am also doing some wrist and hand therapy to get my nerves back to normal as they are weak. I am about 7 weeks out of surgery and can now do a wrist curl with a 4 pound weight. Normal curls I'm at about 5 pounds. Total grip strength is 20 pounds, for comparison my right arm is 95.

Phaetos
September 14, 2007, 04:31 PM
Time to learn how to use that other hand :)

DogBonz
September 14, 2007, 04:38 PM
Go to EMS (eastern mountain sports) or some where that sells rock climbing equipment and get one of these:

http://www.sportsunlimitedinc.com/dynaflex-pro-plus-gyroball--grip-forearm-strengthener.html

there are a few companies that make them, but they are great at strengthening your hands, wrist, and forearms.. you name it.

Get well soon-

Fred

stevemis
September 14, 2007, 04:45 PM
Do your physical therapy! It will hurt like hell, but you'll be much better off in the long run. Case in point: My mother had a knee replacement about 2 years ago.. she didn't do much therapy... she'd "fake it" with the therapist and never did any of the exercises. My wife's co-worker, who was in far worse general condition, had BOTH knees done at the same time. He followed the PT and was up and about in no time and back to normal very quickly.

My mother, needless to say, is not anywhere close back to normal. In fact, she's "babying" her replacement knee, putting more strain on her other knee, which now needs replacement too.

Good luck with this.. it will take time. Make sure to talk with your MD if you experience too much pain during PT.

Steve

f4t9r
September 14, 2007, 05:27 PM
Thats one way to learn to shoot other hand, At least til healed up enough to use the broken one. After its said and done you will be able to shoot both hands.

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