I suffered a traffic accident on 23 June 2007 leaving my left humerus broken. It was operated upon and a plate fixed. The result was radial nerve palsy with typical symptoms of loss of sensation at the back of the left hand and a wrist drop as also inability to extend the fingers. A nerve conduction test on 22 July indicated continuity in the radial nerve. I was told that the nerve would regenerate as this was a case of Neuropraxia - stretching of the nerve during surgery as the nerve had been entrapped in the broken bone. There was considerable muscle loss in the left forearm and shoulder. I underwent physiotherapy for the last four months and the muscle loss appeared to be improving but there was little improvement in wrist drop.The latest nerve conduction test showed marginal improvement in the regeneration of the motor and sensory parts of the nerve. The Humerus is yet to fix...it is however improving with heavy calcification.All of a sudden in the few days the muscles of the upper arm hardened, the forearm went placid....as if with more muscle loss....but the wrist drop improved considerable although the wrist is still weak. Except for full upward movement against gravity all other movements have returned. Movement against gravity has also improved but to a lesser degree. I can almost rotate the wrist. The worrying thing is the pain in the upper part of the forearm and the continued hardening of the upper arm muscles which are softened by light massage.
Kindly advise on these symptoms. Is it a pinched nerve. Is the improvement in wrist drop deceptive to the actual conditions. I am continuing with electric stimulation and physiotherapy. The shoulder, earlier frozen, has opened up. Do you think the nerve regenerate itself and the forearm problems of pain and muscle go away automatically or am I a case for nerve surgery.