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Dr. Eon Shin
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I fell while I was ice skating. My wrist is achy and swollen. Could it be a scaphoid fracture?

Dr. Eon Shin
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I fell while I was ice skating. My wrist is achy and swollen. Could it be a scaphoid fracture?

Yes: If the wrist is swollen and bruised, i would be concerned for a wrist injury. Radiographs or x-rays would be beneficial to rule out a fracture. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Broken bone is also known as Fracture. A bone fracture is a condition in which there is a break in the bone. It can be caused by a high force injury or it may result from a previous medical condition that involves weakening of the bone. Common symptoms include severe pain, swelling of the surrounding ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Fell onto my hand yesterday, thumb slightly swollen, aches and is tender. Restricted movement. Cant hold anything heavy.Could it be scaphoid fracture?

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Fell onto my hand yesterday, thumb slightly swollen, aches and is tender. Restricted movement. Cant hold anything heavy.Could it be scaphoid fracture?

Yes or a different : Injury such as a metacarpal or pjs legal or joint injury. It can also be a bruise or another type of wrist fracture. So if pain and swelling persist appropriate evaluation and x-rays are needed. ...Read more

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Dr. Rick Pospisil
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I'm still in quiet sever pain in the radial side of my wrist and it's been a few months since my scaphoid fracture. Do you know what could be going on?

Dr. Rick Pospisil
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I'm still in quiet sever pain in the radial side of my wrist and it's been a few months since my scaphoid fracture. Do you know what could be going on?

Scaphoid fractures: This commonly fractured bone in the wrist can sometimes be either slow to heal or non healing. This has to do with the fact that the blood supply is many times disrupted in the injury. Therefore this type of fracture requires evaluation and moinitering by an Orthopaedic surgeon until it heals. The fact u r having severe pain is of concern. Get an evaluation ...Read more

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Dr. Hill Hastings
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What is the average healing time for a scaphoid fracture in the wrist?

Dr. Hill Hastings
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What is the average healing time for a scaphoid fracture in the wrist?

Variable: 1/2 of fractures of the proximal pole are healed by 5 mo, middle fractures by 12 weeks and distal (end) by 6 wks. Failure to heal relates to instability of the fracture and whether or not the blood supply has been cut off. X-rays often do not show well the exact pattern nor stability. Ct scans are helpful in evaluating for plan of treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Hellman
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Proximal Pole Scaphoid Fracture in my left wrist. Previously had one a year back and was told it has healed. What do I do?

Dr. Edward Hellman
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Proximal Pole Scaphoid Fracture in my left wrist. Previously had one a year back and was told it has healed. What do I do?

More tests: It would be important to know if your original fracture just never healed or if it is a new fracture as they would be treated differently. A C T scan would usually be able to differentiate between the two. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Will scaphoid fracture heal properly if the cast is loose? Cast on my wrist is loose after 3 weeks and it's paining. Will it heal properly?

Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Will scaphoid fracture heal properly if the cast is loose? Cast on my wrist is loose after 3 weeks and it's paining. Will it heal properly?

Go back: To the doc, let him evaluate the pain, and reapply a new cast. It might of loosened if swelling reduced. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Gutow
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I fell and now the thumb side of my wrist hurts . Could it be a scaphoid fracture?

Dr. Andrew Gutow
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I fell and now the thumb side of my wrist hurts . Could it be a scaphoid fracture?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Sheskier
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Hamate fracture in left wrist & scaphoid fracture in right wrist.Left wrist has been casted &right wrist has a wrist binder.Both undisplaced.Recovery?

Dr. Steven Sheskier
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Hamate fracture in left wrist & scaphoid fracture in right wrist.Left wrist has been casted &right wrist has a wrist binder.Both undisplaced.Recovery?

90-95% ok: Scaphoid fractures can go to non union (not healed) best result is with a thumb spica wrist cast. Hamate fractures usually heal without a problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Dr. Monica Wood
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
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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

Dr. Monica Wood
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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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