Jun 15, 2011, 9:52 AM
Registered: Nov 21, 2005
It really depends on the fracture.
My experience: MTB accident, compound fracture of both radius and ulna, and ulna poking outta the skin (it was gross).
I was prescribed physical therapy for about 10 weeks starting pretty soon after surgery. At the end of the 10 weeks, I could more or less do a couple of pushups.
I was able to comfortably go back to the gym about 4 months out. The plates probably won't cause you much pain if they were simply joining the big bones back together.
YMMV, but generally speaking plating the big bones back together heals pretty well. Fractures of the elbow or the little wrist bones usually involve a lengthier recovery time.
Don't skimp on the physical therapy.
(This post was edited by jjanowia on Jun 15, 2011, 9:52 AM)