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Forum Name: Bone trauma and fractures

Question: Fractured Ulna (non-displaced)

 Mal - Fri Dec 28, 2007 6:05 pm


I fractured my ulna (non-displaced) 9 days ago. I am hoping to go on a skiing holiday in 16 days. First time so beginner slopes only.

I currently have a plaster cast above my elbow and I am going back for my two week x-ray in 6 days.

My doctors advice was to forget about it but I think he might have been a bit hasty. There is already minimal pain in my arm and i still have over two weeks healing time left.

Am I fooling myself or is there any chance, maybe with a fiberglass cast or something?

 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sun Dec 30, 2007 10:51 pm

User avatar Hi Mal,

There are a few things to consider. 1st is that even though the pain has improved, the bone is still not back to its full strength. Much less force will be needed to rebreak the bone until it is fully healed, which can take a few months. Even though the bone is casted the arm is still subject to twisting forces that could cause injury. 2nd, plaster does not do well with moisture.

The likelihood of your orthopedist giving you clearance to go skiing is probably none. I would have to agree as well. Sorry.

Best wishes.
 Mal - Mon Dec 31, 2007 8:13 am


Ok, thank you very much for your reply.

Best regards,

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