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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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?

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?

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

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How long after a scaphoid fracture can I return to school?

Immediately: You can return to school olmost imme
diately, you probably have a cast on that will protect the bone and allow the healing to take place. You probably will have some restrictions as what you can do. ...Read more

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How long can I wait to go to the hospital for a scaphoid fracture?

How long can I wait to go to the hospital for a scaphoid fracture?

Yesterday: Do not wait. The sooner your see a hand specialist the better chance you have of healing of the bone. Wait and you run the risk of a non-union and more difficult surgery. Please go see your doctor! Soon..............Yesterday, or at least when his office opens, preferably. ...Read more

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Professional football player with scaphoid fracture. Can I play before it completely heals?

Better to wait: Of course you could play before it heals but that would not be best for your body. If you reinjure the area this could have further consequence creating more damage, perhaps permanent. ...Read more

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Chances for a scaphoid fracture to fully heal? Sort of cut in half but not completely, doc said it would never heal. Continually hurts. Calous on top?

If non displaced: ; diagnosed right away ; casted, there's a good chance it will heal but the length of time may b as long as 18 mos. Some hand surgeons will perform an open reduction and internal fixation (orif) ; do get faster union, but not 100%. Also casting may not heal ; need orif ;@ times bone grafting. Talk over the options with ur hand surgeon. ...Read more

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How long should I expect to be out of work? I went to the ER sun and was told that both my wrists are broken 1 with radical styloid fractured potentially scaphoid fracture, the otherdistal radius fracture. I work in customer service field on the computer

For: For either one of these injuries alone, you could be expected to do computer work within a week or so, though a bit slower than your usual pace. However, with both wrists broken, it becomes much more difficult. Basic hygeine and eating can be difficult if both wrists are in casts.

A radial styloid fracture, in and of itself, is not usually problematic and heals in about 6 weeks. However, it can be a marker for a more severe injury to the scapolunate ligament--part of the cornerstone of the wrist. You need to see a hand surgeon to determine if there is significant ligament instability. Sometimes the portion of the fracture that goes through the joint shifts and needs to be fixed surgically. Either of these situation would prolong the healing time. If there is indeed a scaphoid fracture, that wrist could be limited much longer, sometimes up to a year.

The distal radius fracture depends on the fracture pattern. Most of these do not involve the joint, but can tip backwards and distort wrist mechanics. If it displaces, it may require surgery. Unfortunately, these can move at 2-3 weeks after injury.

In short, your recovery time depends on the "personality" of the fractures and any associated injuries. If all goes especially well, you might be out of casts by 6 weeks, but there are a lot of other factors. ...Read more

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Iliac crest bone graft from hip for treatment for nonunion scaphoid how big is the cut? Will they take much bone graft? Hello there I have nonunion scaphoid for nearly two years now im having open reducion and internal fixation of the scaphoid fracture w

Iliac crest bone graft from hip for treatment for nonunion scaphoid how big is the cut? Will they take much bone graft? Hello there I have nonunion scaphoid for nearly two years now im having open reducion and internal fixation of the scaphoid fracture w

These: These are very specific questions, good questions but the best answer comes form the surgeon who is going to operate on you.
Typically "small cut" (whatever that means may be different for different cases, and going home typically depends upon how you feel, genral health, length of surgery etc....Talk to your doctor
pick up the phone and call the office of where your surgery is being done. ...Read more

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Can you swim with a scaphoid fracture?

Can you swim with a scaphoid fracture?

Scaphoid: The scaphoid or navicular sits below the trapezium and distal to the radius on the thumb side of the carpus or wrist. It spans the proximal and distal carpal row and flexes and extends depending on wrist position subjecting it to a lot of motion. When fractured the los supply can be an issue and the rate of non union is higher than for similar wrist bones. A scaphoid fracture needs a specialist. ...Read more

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What are the tests for scaphoid fracture?

What are the tests for scaphoid fracture?

Xray to start: Scaphoid fractures can be tough to diagnose. The first study to get is an xray. If you can't see it on that x-ray and the doctor remains concerned, often a repeat x-ray 1-2 weeks later shows it. Other options include a bone scan, ct scan, or mri. ...Read more

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How painful is it to have a scaphoid fracture?

Scaphoid Fracture: Scaphoid fractures are often not too painful and thus are often missed as the patient never seeks medical attention. If the fracture is displaced then usually there is significant pain that will cause the patient to come to the er or orthopedic office. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have a scaphoid fracture?

Is it possible that I have a scaphoid fracture?

Rare: Scaphoid fractures are extremely rare unless related to significant trauma. If you have been in a accident it is possible. These fractures are also difficult to see on standard xrays. Further studies such as MRI of ct are typically required. If you are concerned see an orthopedist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What does having a scaphoid fracture feel like?

What does having a scaphoid fracture feel like?

Scaphoid fracture: Pain and a positive x-ray? Sometimes the X-ray my look or be read as " negative"
The pain can be severe but there are many times that the pain is annoying and mild and comes on gradually and in fact ignored, this is why many non displaced scaphoid fractures are not diagnosed at the time of injury, especially with a so called negative xray. Additional X-rays, special views and MRI can help dx ...Read more

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What can I expect at scaphoid fracture follow up appt?

Exan, xray`: Typically you will be examined regarding your
cast and finger motion and sensation.
You will likely undergo an xray to evaluate
the fracture positon and healing of the injury.
You will need to be monitored regarding pain
motion and return to activities. ...Read more

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Will scaphoid fracture stop me from going on my vacation?

Not necessarily: A scaphoid fracture is usually benign and just takes time to heal while not typically causing a lot of dysfunction. As long as you won't be participating in any extreme sports you should be able to enjoy your vacation without a problem. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: scaphoid fracture?

What is the definition or description of: scaphoid fracture?

Scaphoid fracture: 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 may lead to nonunion. ...Read more

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Is a scaphoid fracture serious or can I wait before having it checked out?

Is a scaphoid fracture serious or can I wait before having it checked out?

Check check it out..: This fracture if it is not lined up rpoperly or if it is comminuted or fragmented needs to be strongly considered for fixation (surgery) even non displaced this fracture needs very careful casting in order to heal, while most do heal there is a higher chance for this fracture to have problems than other factures in the wrist. Don't wait. ...Read more

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I think I may have a scaphoid fracture, but I'm not sure. How can I tell what is wrong?

Can't tell: It is very unlikely that a person can tell if a bone is broken. It is also unlikely a doctor can tell just by examining you. Even an xray will occasionally not see a hairline fracture. Pain is a very unreliable criteria. Moving whatever part of your body is hurt is also a very poor criteria. Bone sticking through skin is obvious. Otherwise an xray is needed if there is concern. ...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