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I fell and now the thumb side of my wrist hurts . could it be a scaphoid fracture?

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Dr. Andrew Gutow
Hand Surgery 31 years experience
X ray to diagnose: Pain on the radial side of the wrist can be a sign of a scaphoid fracture. Often active patients suffer a "bad wrist sprain" ignore it and then show up years later with a painful wrist due to an scaphoid fracture which was not diagnosed. An x ray with a dedicated view of the scaphoid can help make the diagnosis, although within the first 2 weeks a of a fracture the x-rays can miss a fracture.

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Last updated Mar 17, 2014

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