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Doctor insights on: Treating Scapholunate Sprain

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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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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Sprains And Strains (Definition)

-R used interchangeably. They refer 2 injuries 2 mucles & ligaments. 3 degrees: 1=tweaked or hurts but no harm no foul, 2=damage 2 the structure with some bleeding & prolonged pain,but with ice, time , rest,& activity modification they heal over a few weeks,3=a complete disruption such as an ACL tear. If this happens in a muscle body, there's no repair available, painful, ...Read more


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How long does it take for swelling to go down after a scapho-lunate ligament sprain?

How long does it take for swelling to go down after a scapho-lunate ligament sprain?

Depends...: Scapholunate ligaments typically tear; however a sprain can occur. Because the normal alignment of your carpal bones has changed you may always notice a difference in the size of your wrist. You should notice a decrease in the swelling if you keep your wrist immobilized within a few weeks of injury. If swelling or pain persists, following up with your hand surgeon is imperitive. ...Read more

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How can I treat a sprained pinky?

How can I treat a sprained pinky?

The pinky blues: How to get rid of the "blues": ice 20 minutes on/20 minutes off during 1st week. After 1 week, heat or ice, whatever feels better. Arnica. Nsaids like Ibuprofen with food if your stomach's okay. Gentle stretching. If gets worse or not better in 2 weeks, see your doc. Hope your pinky's happy soon! ...Read more

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How can sprains be treated at home?

How can sprains be treated at home?

Ankle sprain: If you are sure by x-ray evaluation that there is no fracture, if it is recent- rest ice compression (brace or wrap) and elevation. Anti-inflammatory for pain. If very severe you better see a doctor. ...Read more

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My anke feels sprained for two weeks now. What could it be?

My anke feels sprained for two weeks now. What could it be?

Sprained Ankle: It could be a sprained ankle. It can easily take several months to recover even w/ pt from a sprained ankle. Hopefully yours is not that bad. I would recommend that you try to walk on it normally and avoid sports for now. A protective brace can allow early sports in some cases. Range of motion exercises with help speed up recovery. If this does not relieve your symptoms see your local podiatrist. ...Read more

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What cause ankle sprains?

What cause ankle sprains?

See below: Either direct trauma or over stretching of the tendons and ligaments. ...Read more

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How can a sprain be cured?

How can a sprain be cured?

R.I.C.E. and time: A sprain will heal given time. To alleviate symptoms in the acute period, r.I.C.E. Rest, ice, compression, elevation. Oral anti-inflammatories may help with swelling/pain. Once the swelling has decreased, begin working on range of motion. Gently progress to strengthening and gradually return to activities as tolerated. ...Read more

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What is an incomplete sprain?

What is an incomplete sprain?

It probably: means that your ligament is stretched but not completely ruptured. Treatment depends largely upon the extent of 'incomplete' ness. Discuss with your orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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What typically causes ankle sprains?

What typically causes ankle sprains?

Inversion: Typically, inversion of the ankle causes the most common ankle injury: a sprain of the anterior talofibular ligament. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is a medical term that describes an injury to soft tissue structures in the area. Common examples are a lumbar sprain, in which you might injure muscles in your back; or an ankle sprain in which you could injure ligaments about the ankle. Sprains can be from mild to severe, and so ...Read more