Weak joints are extremely prone to re-injury if they do not heal properly the first time. Read today’s story to learn how Airrosti’s Dr. Wheeler helped this patient strengthen his wrist so he could continue playing the game he loves, basketball.
When I was at the age of 14, I fell hard on my left wrist from playing basketball and fractured it. I never told my parents and never went to see the doctor to have it treated. It was many days of excruciating pain, but eventually it healed.
Some years later, I get hit hard on my wrist while playing basketball and re-fractured it again. I went to get X-rays and CT scans to confirm that it was indeed fractured. I was told to take pain medication and let it heal with time, which I did. But since then, I have had chronic re-injuries to the wrist while doing everyday tasks, and I wouldn’t know why. And each time, I would be told to take pain medications and let it heal with time.
After the fifth re-injury, I was ready to give up and accept that I would never again be able to regain full usage of my wrist, let alone doing the things that I love to do like playing basketball again. I met Dr. Wheeler at a career fair and was quite skeptical after having lived with this chronic problem for so long. But I had nothing to lose, so I made an appointment.
When I saw Dr. Wheeler for the first time, I didn’t have any wrist pain, but had very poor mobility due to lack of use because I was so fearful of a re-injury. Dr. Wheeler explained that perhaps my chronic injury was due to lack of use causing my wrist to get weaker, and since I had never gotten treated for it, the tissues around the fractured bone was, for the lack of better words, all jammed up.
The main goal was to help me straighten the ligaments and tissues around the fractured bone, and to increase strength in that area with exercise. And we would measure the improvements by seeing if my mobility/flexibility increased, and hopefully be injury free. After the first visit, I felt there was some improvement but was still nervous about the exercise. Over the course of the next two days, I was very diligent in doing my exercises and icing as instructed.
By the second visit, I had already felt stronger in both my wrist and arm, and my flexibility had definitely increased. I was amazed and for the first time, felt there was hope. By the end of my fourth visit with Dr. Wheeler, my wrist strength and flexibility had increased by more than 50 percent. And I did not have any injury even while doing the exercises regularly, which really increased my confidence that things were getting better.
It has been nearly 2 years now since my visit with Dr. Wheeler, and I have been injury-free and my wrist strength and flexibility continue to improve. Remembering to do the exercises regularly is crucial to the treatment process, and I continue to do them today in varying degrees. I play basketball every week now with my friends and they can’t believe that I had any injuries; they even say I play better now that before. 🙂
Thank you Airrosti and Dr. Wheeler for giving me my life back! So often we take for granted the things that we can do when we are healthy, and when we can’t do them anymore, it is a huge hit to both our physical and mental state of being. I am grateful everyday to be healthy and injury free. Never stop!
– Denny Huynh