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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?

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Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
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Dr. Chad Zooker
Sports Medicine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Chad Zooker
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