History: 25 year old male injured his left forearm and fractured (broke) his radius and ulna. He was splinted in the emergency department and presented to my office for further evaluation. His job includes very heavy lifting and his priority was to return to work as soon as possible.
Diagnosis: Left radius and ulna shaft fractures
Treatment: Left radius and ulna open reduction internal fixation
Outcome: Within 2 weeks he was already using his forearm naturally. He tried returning to work by 4 weeks and was able to left up to 25 pounds against my advice. He continued to get stronger and by 8 weeks was already lifting over 100 pounds. He went on to heal the fractures by 3 months without any pain or limitation.