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Should I complain?

Anonymous
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Two weeks ago, I broke my arm. I thought I dislocated it but the dr at the Urgent Care said the xrays showed that my humorous bone (bone in the upper arm) was broken and an "abnormality" on my wrist. She put my arm in a cast and set up an appt w an Ortho. Saw the ortho yesterday and the dr from the Urgent Care was *very* wrong. I actually broke my radial head bone (one of the bones in the arm). Bc my arm was in a cast for two weeks, it started healing. And bc it healed w my arm in a 100 degree position, I now can't open my arm. I now have to have PT once a week. Should I call and complain about how the first dr messed up so badly?
Posted by Anonymous on Jul. 24, 2013 at 8:48 PM
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MrsApple
by Platinum Member on Jul. 24, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Why did it take two weeks for your ortho appt? And why did the ER doc cast it? 

Katkinson
by on Jul. 24, 2013 at 8:52 PM

uh, yea/ 

 

most certainly

Mommy2b2many
by on Jul. 24, 2013 at 8:53 PM
Yes you should complain. But why would an er cast your arm; don't they usually do it a few days later?
ff-princess
by Ruby Member on Jul. 24, 2013 at 8:54 PM

yes.  because the ER doc is usually just the first person who reads the x-rays, a professional is supposed to review them afterwards.  that's how we found out my ankle was broken again.  the urgent care doc put a splint on it and said it was a bad sprain/strain.  and it was.  but I got a call at work the next day from the hospital that when radiology read the x-rays, he said it was broken and I needed to consult a podiatrist.

oh, and when my oldest broke his arm they casted it that night in the ER, but they had me take him to an ortho specialist the next day to have it re-set and re-casted because they really didn't know what they were doing.  I'm glad I took him immediately because they had to pull on him a few times to get it in the right spot, I can't imagine having to go through it after it had started to mend.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Jul. 24, 2013 at 8:55 PM
I'm assuming bc that was the soonest they could get me in. They (the urgent care that put me in the cast) called me and had the appt information. And she cast it bc she said the upper arm bone was broken and that I couldn't move it.

Quoting MrsApple:

Why did it take two weeks for your ortho appt? And why did the ER doc cast it? 

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Jul. 24, 2013 at 8:57 PM
i have no idea why... I thought that was standard? I've never broken a bone before. She said that the bone was broken and that I couldn't move it.

Quoting Mommy2b2many:

Yes you should complain. But why would an er cast your arm; don't they usually do it a few days later?
mommytoeandb
by Ruby Member on Jul. 24, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Yes, I would complain.  I went to the ER for my finger as a kid.  ER doctor thought it was sprained.  During review, they found a hairline fracture.  Why did it take so long to see the ortho?  I thought ERs didn't set broken bones (at least they didn't when I was a kid).  

LizzieAnnesMom
by ☆Mrs.Winchester☆ on Jul. 24, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Definitely. I would also make sure they paid for the extra PT bills. 

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Jul. 24, 2013 at 8:59 PM
they said that the soonest they could get me into the Ortho was 2 weeks later. I'm beginning to think they (the urgent care) messed up big time. The ortho I saw was fantastic and listened to me. My upper arm never hurt, but inside my elbow hurt so badly. Apparently I was right.

Quoting ff-princess:

yes.  because the ER doc is usually just the first person who reads the x-rays, a professional is supposed to review them afterwards.  that's how we found out my ankle was broken again.  the urgent care doc put a splint on it and said it was a bad sprain/strain.  and it was.  but I got a call at work the next day from the hospital that when radiology read the x-rays, he said it was broken and I needed to consult a podiatrist.


oh, and when my oldest broke his arm they casted it that night in the ER, but they had me take him to an ortho specialist the next day to have it re-set and re-casted because they really didn't know what they were doing.  I'm glad I took him immediately because they had to pull on him a few times to get it in the right spot, I can't imagine having to go through it after it had started to mend.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Jul. 24, 2013 at 9:00 PM
They (the urgent care) said that was the soonest they could see me...

Quoting mommytoeandb:

Yes, I would complain.  I went to the ER for my finger as a kid.  ER doctor thought it was sprained.  During review, they found a hairline fracture.  Why did it take so long to see the ortho?  I thought ERs didn't set broken bones (at least they didn't when I was a kid).  

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