Julia Moss’ Recovery with Myofascial Release
Every morning for the last 30 years, my routine is to go out for a morning run. Whatever the weather, I go out to get my daily endorphin fix. I have had my fair share of mishaps over the years; tripping over curbs, running away from would be attackers, but one morning at the end of March last year, I had my worst experience to date.
It had been raining heavily overnight and as I approached the cobblestone bridge along the canal in Camden, I noticed as I went up that it felt particularly slippery. I made a mental note to walk down it on my return. If only I had listened to that inner voice when I approached the bridge on my return home. But no, I ran down it, and as I did, I felt myself losing balance. My right arm went out to break my fall, and as I landed on my wrist, I realised something was very wrong. As I got up, I noticed that my hand was at an odd angle and my wrist bone was protruding out!
I attempted to continue running home but the pain was so intense I had to stop. So I borrowed the phone of a passer by and called Carl my husband to come and take me to the nearest hospital, UCH.
Unfortunately not only had I fractured my radius, I had also damaged the joints around my wrist. Although the A & E doctor was able to realign the bones so my arm was straight again, the X Rays showed that the break was very complex, so surgery would be necessary. The next day I had an open reduction and internal fixation of my wrist and then placed in plaster for two weeks.
The upside of having surgery was that I was only in plaster for two weeks and once that came off, I was placed in a splint instead which meant that I was able to start hand therapy. UCH have a great hand therapy unit and I was given weekly appointments for the next 6 weeks, which together with the mobility exercises I was doing at home meant my recovery was really good.
However despite all this, I was still very aware that the mobility in my wrist was not great and so I asked Richard our myofascial release therapist to see me.
My treatment plan started with a series of 5 x half hour sessions. Gradually I was able to get more range of movement in my wrist, particularly extending it backwards. I had also been struggling to hold a coffee cup or glass in my hand, and found over the weeks of consistent treatment that I was able to open my hand more widely and for this to no longer be an issue.
As a Pilates teacher being able to have a fully functioning wrist is really important. Immediately after the surgery, I couldn’t help but notice all the horror stories on the web of how people still had very limited range of movement months later.
I am delighted to say that I was able to resume full weight bearing on my arm within 12 weeks, and now, 9 months later I hardly ever notice any difference in my right wrist to my left.
I am very thankful for having such great care at UCH and to Richard Dickson for his treatment.
As a footnote, I now always carry a phone with me when out running and take great care to walk rather than run down slippery bridges!