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    Back from the doctor

    Just found out I have a fractured wrist. I have never had an injury like this and looking for any advice out there on actual recovery time to be able to archery hunt. I drew a great elk tag and am now a bit nervous about where my abilities will be come September. Any of you had a similar injury? How long before you could comfortably shoot again? It is my right wrist and I am right handed.

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    Bummer.....I can't help ya out as I've never had an actual wrist injury to that extent. In my opinion, I would think that with your draw wrist being the one that's injured, it may not hinder your archery abilities as much as if it were the bow arm. I tore my labrum in my right shoulder and that was an experience. I started out only being able to handle about 10 decent shots per outing, and finally worked my way up over the course of a few weeks. Good thing is that you have plenty of time. It boils down to the severity and placement of the fracture though as well. Cast or no cast. Surgery?? If surgery isn't necessary then I'd say 6-7 weeks you should be good to go if you take care of it. I wish you the best, hate that happened as well. But at least its March!!

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    Yeah I find out later today if it will require surgery.... Thanks again for the package!

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    Had the same thing happen to me about 8 years ago ! Only to my left wrist and I am right handed, could not hold my bow obviously but the good thing was it was at the tail end of bow season, so I did not miss much so I had months to heal. It was about 6-8 weeks before I tried picking shooting again. The best advice I can give you may not be much help but " wait until your really healed up dont push it. When I started back shooting I was afraid I would be " gunshy and want to favor or hold my bow loosely and start anticipating the release and this would become habit and I think this would have been the case if I had started back to soon. Sometimes the mind will really work on you. I used a small wrap for support for a while when I started back but again this was left wrist on not on my release arm. Also mine was a small fracture right at the joint of the wrist. You should be back on target well before September. This is a Medical Opinion from a Police Officer for what it is worth, hope it helps.

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    Broken bones don't usually take to long to heal, you should be good to go by bow season. I have had a broken wrist, hand and collar bone. I never needed more than 6 weeks before I was healed up.

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    If they prescribe physical therapy - do it. Also, let them know your goal. I've had recoveries with and without PT after injuries. I always recovered faster with PT. My 2 cents


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilltop View Post
    Just found out I have a fractured wrist. I have never had an injury like this and looking for any advice out there on actual recovery time to be able to archery hunt. I drew a great elk tag and am now a bit nervous about where my abilities will be come September. Any of you had a similar injury? How long before you could comfortably shoot again? It is my right wrist and I am right handed.
    I broke my wrist a few years ago, and was able to shoot a rifle and handgun within 8-10 weeks. Take calcium supplements. They greatly enhance bone healing.
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    Rub some dirt on it and head on out!!

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    Bummer, I think it is better that it is the draw wrist.

    Keeping fingers crossed for you. Surgery will undoubtedly complicate things.
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    I have never had that type of injury but it does suck to get something and not be able to go and hunt. This year my father had rotator cup surgery had a fist size cyst in it and it was about 7 weeks before our family deer trip. he wasn't going to go cause he couldn't shoot but i made him come and at least sit with me in the blind to get out of the house. Something to consider if the wrist isn't a hundred present by season is maybe lower the bow pull weight or getting a little more wrist supportive release. just a few possible ideas. Hope for a speedy recovery and no needs to worry about getting out there

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