How long do you need a cast for scaphoid fracture?

Until healed. This bone is very finicky. Everbody is differrent and should be monitored for healing. Younger patients heal faster. Proximal scaphoid fracture heal slowly and may need surgery. See your doc if you have persistent wrist pain after an injury.
8-10 weeks. It depends on the type of scaphoid fracture. The most common type, a waist fracture, generally heals in 8-10 weeks, but it can be longer in smokers and diabetics. If the fracture is not well-aligned, though, you may require surgery to get the fracture to heal. Make sure you see an orthopaedic surgeon about this injury.

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How long will I be in a cast for a 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...
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...

Is it okay if I shoot a gun with a scaphoid fracture but It's in a cast?

Scaphoid fracture. . I would avoid all activity that can "jerk" the bone or worsen the injury. Shooting a high caliber weapon can definitely worsen it. . Read more...
??? Your best answer for this question will come from your orthopedist .... make the call, and ask him/her what your restrictions are. Good luck, soldier. Read more...
Review this your doc. Remember the cast may absob some vibration but you're still likely to have some vibration to your healing bone. Why not talk with the doctor who casted your fracture. But until you can, I would encourage you to hold off on shooting guns. Read more...

Can I request a cast for a suspected scaphoid fracture even if it doesn't show on xrays?

Yes. Scaphoid fractures are sometimes difficult to visualize on x-rays, especially initially after an injury. If you have tenderness at the base of your thumb near the wrist, it is reasonable to splint or cast the wrist until follow-up x-rays confirm the absence of any fracture. Occasionally, an MRI study can be useful to rule out a scaphoid fracture definitively. Read more...
Splint not Cast. Most physicians would likely apply a splint rather than a cast for a suspected fracture. Repeat xrays would likely be obtained a week later to confirm or exclude the possibility of fracture. Read more...
Yes. Yes...But repeating the xrays at two weeks post injury to confirm or deny the presence of a scaphoid fracture is still recommended. We don't want to needlessly immobilize a wrist -. Read more...

Should I have more pain after being put in a cast for a suspected scaphoid fracture than I did before? And if not what does this show?

Sometimes. . Scaphoid fractures are notoriously slow healers. There are surgical and nonsurgical options to treat them. Casting takes several months and usually starts with a long (above elbow) cast. If you are in short cast, then motion from the elbow may be causing some pain. Some pain is the discomfort of wearing a cast. See your ortho to check for proper fit of cast. Read more...
Pain. If you are having increased pain after having a cast placed for treatment of a suspected wrist scaphoid fracture, it may be that the case has a fold that's digging into your skin, or the cast may be pressing on a superficial nerve, or the cast may simply be too tight. In any case, i would contact your physician or return to the office for further evaluation/treatment. Read more...

Is it important to get a cast for a suspected scaphoid fracture?

Yes. Untreated immobilized scaphoid fractures have a significantly greater risk of not healing and therefore requiring surgery. Read more...
Yes. Delay in treatment (ie., not casting or immobilizing) is known to have a deleterious outcome for those that have scaphoid fractures. Better to error on the side of immobilization until a fracture can be definitively diagnosed. Read more...

How much pain and swelling is normal post removal of cast after a scaphoid fracture?

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...

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?

Wear the cast . May need surgical intervention if continues to not heal as the blood supply to the bone may he compromised interfering with healing. I hope you feel better soon. Read more...
'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...