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

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

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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What is the average healing time for a scaphoid fracture in the wrist?

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

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

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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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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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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Is it alright to play sports like volleyball and baseball with a nail left inside my wrist?(scaphoid fracture)my doctor says it need not be taken out.

Is it alright to play sports like volleyball and baseball with a nail left inside my wrist?(scaphoid fracture)my doctor says it need not be taken out.

Scaphoid fractures: can be treated with a screw that is commonly "buried' in the bone so that after it is healed and the OK is officially given ( that is VERY IMPORTANT ) one can use the wrsit and the hand normally. These screws are generally not taken out though sometimes screws can shift and fractures can settle a little but that is the exception. ANY SCAPHOID FRACTURE MUST BE OK'd by treatingDOC to resume activity ...Read more

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Do I have to undergo surgery if I have scaphoid fracture non union in my hand? The fracture is already two years due.

Do I have to undergo surgery if I have scaphoid fracture non union in my hand? The fracture is already two years due.

Scaphoid fracture: That is non unitted and old needs surgery to fix the fracture, it will not unite or heal by itiself, by casting or by other methods. However if the question is must someone have surgery..Well no , no one can say you must, but certainly most will very strongly recommend a younger person with a scaphoid non union to get it cared for with surgery to prevent later problems. ...Read more

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How do you treat a hand scaphoid fracture?

How do you treat a hand scaphoid fracture?

Cast or surgery: Most of the time the fracture heal by applying a cast for 6-8 weeks , if the fracture displaced or in certain location( we know those will heal by casting) is better to go right away to surgery and bone graft. ...Read more

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Question about diagnosis/misdiagnosis of scaphoid fracture. Several months ago a box fell on my hand near the base of my thumb, i was concerned that something may have been broken or fractured, but i had MRI which should bones were intact. How likely tha

Question about diagnosis/misdiagnosis of scaphoid fracture. Several months ago a box fell on my hand near the base of my thumb, i was concerned that something may have been broken or fractured, but i had MRI which should bones were intact.

How likely tha

This : This has nothing to do with training, experience or expertise. Some fractures just don't show up despite proper good standard assessment, but the percentages are small. The radiologist who read the study as negative also is trained to do so. To get an idea of the complexity of this question see the links below an MRI that is read as negative for scaphoid fracture rules out a fracture most of the time. There can be false negatives and false positives. A MRI will detect variations in the bones trabecular pattern ( inside the bone) often associated with negative x-rays. If anything inexperience in reading MRI can lead to over diagnosing a fracture by mri. Other tests include a ct scan, which is better for cortical ( outside) disruption and a bone scan which is less specific a contused or bruised joint near the base of the thumb especially if there is even a touch of mild arthritis can often take time to feel better a good way to assess persistent pain several months after injury is to be reevaluated and get new plain x-rays including scaphoid views and be assessed for things other than a scaphoid fracture that can still give wrist pain. ...Read more

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If I have a scaphoid fracture that has gone untreated for more than 6 months, will that show up on an x-ray? I had an injury on my hand last summer, initial X-ray and MRI showed nothing other than sprained scapholunate ligament with post-traumatic synovit

If I have a scaphoid fracture that has gone untreated for more than 6 months, will that show up on an x-ray? I had an injury on my hand last summer, initial X-ray and MRI showed nothing other than sprained scapholunate ligament with post-traumatic synovit

Scaphoid fracture: If you had a scaphoid fracture which was initially not diagnosed and it has not healed ( a scaphoid nonunion ), this will show up on regular x-rays 6 months after the injury. Possible causes of continued pain after a wrist injury without a fracture can be an unhealed ligament sprain or tear, a joint capsule sprain or cartilage injury. A clinical examination and perhaps an MRI can help diagnose. ...Read more

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Scaphoid fracture healing time. When to re-xray it to see if it healed correctly?

Scaphoid fracture healing time. When to re-xray it to see if it healed correctly?

Months: The scaphoid is a very slow bone to heal. Depending on your age and displacement of fracture, it may take months before the fracture appears healed on an xray. It is important to follow the fracture to make sure it heals, as the scaphoid may go on to nonunion (not heal), or avascular necrosis (loss of blood supply with eventual collapse). ...Read more

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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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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 it out : If it is not treated well, you may ultimately have a fracture that will not heal you may then require a surgical procedure instead of just a cast for immobilization get an xray. ...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. 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