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Will scaphoid fracture stop me from going on my vacation?

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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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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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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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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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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?

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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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?

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 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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I think i may have a scaphoid fracture, but i'm not sure. How can I tell what is wrong?

Can't tell: It is very unlikely that a person can tell if a bone is broken. It is also unlikely a doctor can tell just by examining you. Even an xray will occasionally not see a hairline fracture. Pain is a very unreliable criteria. Moving whatever part of your body is hurt is also a very poor criteria. Bone sticking through skin is obvious. Otherwise an xray is needed if there is concern. ...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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How long can I wait to go to the hospital for a scaphoid fracture?

How long can I wait to go to the hospital for a scaphoid fracture?

Yesterday: Do not wait. The sooner your see a hand specialist the better chance you have of healing of the bone. Wait and you run the risk of a non-union and more difficult surgery. Please go see your doctor! soon..............Yesterday, or at least when his office opens, preferably. ...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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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