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When Can I Play Volleyball Again After A Scaphoid Fracture
When the bone heals: Follow your doctors advice. Once the bone is healed he should release you back to activities as tolerated. This bone can be extrtemely variable in length of time to heal so listen to the advice of your doc before return to play. ...Read more
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
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
Right away!: If your doctor has confirmed that your fracture has healed, you can start playing again. Start slow and gradually build up to your pre-injury playing frequency! ...Read more
No: Scaphoid fractures are not too uncommon in cricketers as the the direct impact of a leather ball on the hand is a mechanism of injury. The scaphoid is a very important bone in the hand. If fractured it's treated in a cast or more typically with surgery. Healing takes upto 3-6months, and during this time it's important to protect it. Playing cricket with a scaphoid fracture is not advised. ...Read more
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
I fractured my scaphoid playing volleyball i waited 2 weeks to get it checked and had played 3 games before is that bad?
Hopefully not: Scaphoid fractures can at times be difficult fractures to get to heal. If they become displaced, the blood supply is somewhat tenuous and can be disrupted leading to a failure of the bone to heal nonsurgical it. All that to say, "waiting" to be seen and playing with it could potentially be fine or may lead to a possible poor outcome. X-ray or possibly ct scan will show status of fracture. ...Read more
Month or more: Assuming you were casted for 6-12 weeks after your injury, it will take a month or so to get the motion back, and the swelling to go down. There will be additional episodes of this for up to a year. ...Read more
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
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
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
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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Depends: Do you want to continue to subject yourself to a high risk of emphysema, heart disease, stroke, and cancer, or would you like to avoid this increased risk. It's hard to quit smoking, but when you get older and you're very sick, you'll wish you had quit when you were younger. Stop now before the consequences become irreversible. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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