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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

Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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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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Will pot prevent my scaphoid fracture from healing?

Will pot prevent my scaphoid fracture from healing?

No: Marijuana smoke, unlike tobacco smoke, does not appear to have major effects on healing, especially healing of bone. However, this may depend on how much you smoke. Most cigarette smokers are consuming 20+ cigarettes per day, while marijuana smoker may smoke the equivalent of 3-4 cigarettes per day. If you smoke cigarettes, that will have more effect on healing than marijuana. ...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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What is healing time for scaphoid fracture?

What is healing time for 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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What is the treatment for scaphoid fracture?

What is the treatment for scaphoid fracture?

Surgery Recommended: Reasons for surgery: 1. Scaphoid non-unions. 2. Lifestyle.
Non-unions are rare but unpredictable. Any scaphoid fracture can fail to heal. That ruins any activity requiring full grip or range of motion for the rest of your life.
8 to 12 weeks of casting can cost one a job, athletic fitness, etc. Virtually all surgeons have surgery so they can keep working. Use your values to decide what to do. ...Read more

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Are there any good treatment options for a scaphoid fracture that has been untreated for 15 years?

Are there any good treatment options for a scaphoid fracture that has been untreated for 15 years?

OLD scaphoid fx: Such that there is a NON union or a malunion can be associated with arthritis, cartialge wear, "collapse" of the normal arrangment of the wrist bones and all that must be considered when evaluating treatment options. There are many good options, from resecting a portion of bone or bones or partially fusing part of the wrist, to even just treating the symptoms. It isindividual process but can b OK ...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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It's my 4th week of non-displaced scaphoid fracture cast, still having tenderness in my palm and thumb. Does it healing No surgery Cast is for 6 week?

It's my 4th week of non-displaced scaphoid fracture cast, still having tenderness in my palm and thumb. Does it healing No surgery Cast is for 6 week?

Scaphoid fractures: Can take longer than 6 weeks to heal. The cast, if that is the treatment used, can be discontinued only when there is certainty as to the healing. This can take 8 weeks or more and must be verified by new xrays but a times one needs to check healing with advancd studies such as CT scan. A partially healed scaphoid can lead to other problems, non union, pain re injury so patience is important ...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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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?

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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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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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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Can a scaphoid fracture not show up on X-ray 6 days after the injury?

May not see fracture: Scaphoid fractures can be missed on regular x-rays within the first few weeks of the injury, and can also be missed on regular x-rays if dedicated views of the scaphoid are not obtained.

If worried about the possibility of a scaphoid fracture, keep the wrist splinted for several weeks and then repeat dedicated x-rays. An MRI can also be used immediately to see non displaced scaphoid fractures. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a scaphoid fracture does not show on the x ray?

What does it mean when a scaphoid fracture does not show on the x ray?

Hiding: The scaphoid is a bone in the hand that sometimes gets broken but doesn't show up well on xrays. We get concerned about that bone because it has a poor blood supply meaning it doesn't always heal well after a fracture and so it can cause a lot of problems if it isn't treated appropriately. Usually xrays will be repeated after a couple of weeks and if there is a fracture it usually can be seen then. ...Read more

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What do doctors do to confirm/deny if they suspect a scaphoid fracture?

Variable: Fastest way is a mri. Otherwise we treat it as a fracture and re xr in 2 weeks and re evaluate to confirm. Fractures may not show up for 2 week on xr. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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