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What are the long-term effects of a scaphoid fracture?
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Dr. Eon Shin
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Eon Shin
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Dr. Robert Gluck
If you have wrist pain post injury and especially on the thumb side of the wrist please see your doctor. Undiagnosed or delayed diagnosed scaphoid fractures can potentially be a big problem.
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Scaphod fracture
A non union or improperly healed fracture can lead to death of the bone and/or advanced arthritis of the wrist causing debilitating pain and possible need for surgery with removal and/or fusion and loss of function/strength.

In brief: Scaphod fracture
A non union or improperly healed fracture can lead to death of the bone and/or advanced arthritis of the wrist causing debilitating pain and possible need for surgery with removal and/or fusion and loss of function/strength.
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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Surgery - Hand Surgery
In brief: Varies --scaphoid
The answer could be anything from a few days to a few months depending upon how treatment is delivered.
And what the defined details regarding these injuries are. If your employer allows yo to do work a t a reduced rate, perhaps they will have you come back sooner. If they demand you cannot work without a cast and you need one then that'll take time too. A lot of this is individualized to the inj

In brief: Varies --scaphoid
The answer could be anything from a few days to a few months depending upon how treatment is delivered.
And what the defined details regarding these injuries are. If your employer allows yo to do work a t a reduced rate, perhaps they will have you come back sooner. If they demand you cannot work without a cast and you need one then that'll take time too. A lot of this is individualized to the inj
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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