A quick update.
Call off the dogs! Thank you all for putting out the feelers. Tomorrow I’ll be getting this cast off.
The doc who saw me a couple of weeks ago for my knee promptly answered my email and had the head of trauma at his hospital give me a call. I spoke with him this morning. It turns out that for a nightstick fracture like mine, the long arm cast is pretty old school. He’s going to be seeing me on thursday about the possibility of surgery. In the mean time, one of his colleagues will be seeing me tomorrow to remove the cast and fit me with a gutter splint (think custom molded shin guard, but for your arm-shins..). This will not be bulky, and will be removable so that I can shower without the complication of having to keep a cast dry. So I’ll have until thursday to decide whether the gutter splint is enough of an improvement over the cast. If it’s not, we’ll be able to discuss surgery. The doc felt that there was enough debate out there right now about the best way to treat a nightstick fracture, that it would probably be possible to get insurance to pay for the surgery.
Action! Just one more night with this bloody cast!
The forearm is often raised to shield the head from a blow. The force of the assailant’s weapon is then dissipated on the shaft of the ulna. Injuries to the nerves, vessels, or muscles of the forearm rarely are produced. The isolated fracture of the ulnar shaft is often referred to as a nightstick fracture because so often the object striking the ulna is a wooden police club.
This from a paper challenging the efficacy of the long arm cast. Pretty dark!