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How long does a scaphoid fracture typically take to heal?

How long does a scaphoid fracture typically take to heal?

Depends: This is a very persnickety bone and depending on where in the bone it was broke will determine the length of time to heal. Simple fractures can take several weeks and others several months. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Griggs
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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 does it take for a scaphoid fracture to heal?

Depends on fracture: Healing time depends on severity and location--how much cracking or separation of the bone ends there is and where in the scaphoid ( distal, waist or proximal pole). Non displaced fractures with a barely visible crack can heal in 6-8 wks in cast. More displaced ones can take 10-12 wks and some never heal without surgery. Surgery can shorten this: https://www.Jaaos.Org/content/15/8/474.Abstract. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a scaphoid fracture take to heal?

Depends: Depends on where the fracture is on the scaphoid. If it is near the thumb, 6-8 weeks. If it is in the middle 8-10 weeks. If it is near the wrist then 12-16 weeks. ...Read more

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Competitive swimmer with scaphoid fracture. How long will it take to recover?

Scaphoid fracture: 6-8 weeks minimum and usually this is with surgery. Sometimes longer with cast treatment. Depending on the location of the fracture in the bone and displacement of the fracture fragments, they can take up to 3-4 months to heal. ...Read more

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What are the long-term effects of a scaphoid fracture?

Possibly none.: For scaphoid fractures that heal, either through immobilization or surgery, minimal long term effects are noted. However, scaphoid fractures that do not heal may lead to arthritic changes in the wrist. These changes eventually cause wrist stiffness and pain. Arthritis can often be tolerated with braces and medications, but occasionally corticosteroid injections or even surgery is necessary. ...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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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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Can I take any pain medicine for a scaphoid fracture?

Can I take any pain medicine for a scaphoid fracture?

It depends: Any fracture may be painful so pain relieving options are always reasonable. What you can/should take for pain relief depends on what is OK for your body. You don't provide much medical background, but for example, people with liver issues often can only take minimal amounts of acetaminophen. Talk with your doctor about what options would be best for you. ...Read more

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How much time does it take for a scaphoid fracture to appear on an X-ray ?

How much time does it take for a scaphoid fracture to appear on an X-ray ?

It depends: It depends how severe the fracture is and whether it is displaced or not. If the pain persists, especially when you touch the snuff box region( base of the thumb and carpal bones) repeat x ray in 7 to 10 days or MRI is recommended. Ulnar and radial stress AP x rays may also help reveal a nondisplaced scaphoid fracture. ...Read more

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Is there any non-surgical methods to manage a scaphoid fracture that hasn't healed properly - Herbert screw inserted 15years ago but bone didn't heal?

Is there any non-surgical methods to manage a scaphoid fracture that hasn't healed properly - Herbert screw inserted 15years ago but bone didn't heal?

Not uncommon: for non union ( . not healing properly . ) as the broken part of the bone lost the blood supply (was cut off ),see your hand surgeon may need surgical procedure to help you. ...Read more

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. Jeffrey Wint
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Scaphoid Fracture (Definition)

The scaphoid is a small bone on the thumb side of the wrist that is at risk of fracture from a fall on an outstreched arm. It is a problematic fracture since poor circulation ...Read more