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How long do you need a cast for scaphoid fracture?

How long do you need a cast for scaphoid fracture?

Until healed: This bone is very finicky. Everbody is differrent and should be monitored for healing. Younger patients heal faster. Proximal scaphoid fracture heal slowly and may need surgery. See your doc if you have persistent wrist pain after an injury. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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How long will i be in a cast for a scaphoid fracture?

8 t0 12 weeksA: Depend upon location and quality of the fx.Usually is between 8 to 12 weeks for uncomplicated fx.Assuming you are referring to the wrist. ...Read more

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When should I have a cast for a suspected scaphoid fracture?

As soon as possible: All things being equal, we normally wait 7-14 days for the swelling to subside before placing a cast on the wrist. ...Read more

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Can I request a cast for a suspected scaphoid fracture even if it doesn't show on xrays?

Yes: Yes...But repeating the xrays at two weeks post injury to confirm or deny the presence of a scaphoid fracture is still recommended. We don't want to needlessly immobilize a wrist -. ...Read more

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Should I have more pain after being put in a cast for a suspected scaphoid fracture than i did before? And if not what does this show?

Should I have more pain after being put in a cast for a suspected scaphoid fracture than i did before? And if not what does this show?

Pain: If you are having increased pain after having a cast placed for treatment of a suspected wrist scaphoid fracture, it may be that the case has a fold that's digging into your skin, or the cast may be pressing on a superficial nerve, or the cast may simply be too tight. In any case, i would contact your physician or return to the office for further evaluation/treatment. ...Read more

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Is it important to get a cast for a suspected scaphoid fracture?

Yes: Untreated immobilized scaphoid fractures have a significantly greater risk of not healing and therefore requiring surgery. ...Read more

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How much pain and swelling is normal post removal of cast after a scaphoid fracture?

How much pain and swelling is normal post removal of cast after a scaphoid fracture?

Month or more: Assuming you were casted for 6-12 weeks after your injury, it will take a month or so to get the motion back, and the swelling to go down. There will be additional episodes of this for up to a year. ...Read more

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Hey, I was told that my scaphoid fracture is healing on the back end and not the front so I have another month in a cast..any advice to ensure healing?

Hey, I was told that my scaphoid fracture is healing on the back end and not the front so I have another month in a cast..any advice to ensure healing?

'Behave': Meaning, don't test the limits of the cast--likely the Dr put very low lift/carry limits on the injured side--comply. Healthy diet with calcium-rich foods can't hurt--not the time to try to crash diet if looking for good bone union and to avoid surgery. No 100% answer, but hopefully these give some direction. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more


Dr. Raj Singh
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Cast (Definition)

Children's bones will usually heal and remodel themselves, if they are kept in the correct position. Immobilization casts are one effective way to do this, while also protecting ...Read more