Last week I fell and hurt my right wrist. I sought treatment and the doctor took xrays of my scaphoid. Xrays showed nothing but due to pain,symptoms he put me in a splint/half cast. I headed back earlier this week and more xrays taken. Xrays showed a hairline (crack?) of the scaphoid. I'm not exactly sure but I think it was the outer side/edge of the bone (thumb side?). I go back in three weeks for a follow up and now wearing a full cast. Someone told me that a hairline fracture of the scaphoid is more serious compared to a hairline of other bones in the body. Is this true? And what is the general recovery time for a hairline fracture of this bone? Will I be in cast for longer than three weeks? Thank you for your help!
Fractures of the scaphoid, a small bone in the wrist, are often both difficult to detect, and difficult to treat. Nondisplaced or " hairline" fractures are frequently not seen on the initial x-rays. However, if a scaphoid fracture is suspected on clinincal grounds, the patient's wrist and thumb are immobilized in a cast, splint, or brace to prevent further displacement. The patient is reevaluated in 2-3 weeks and repeat x-rays are taken. If the fils are still inconclusive, MRI or bone scan are definitive.
The best results from cast treatment are in those patients who have a fracture that is incomplete or does not extend all the way across the bone. "Nondisplaced" fractures treated in a cast within 28 days after the injury have a good chance of healing. The average time for a fracture of the waist of the scaphoid of a bone that is not displaced to heal in a cast is three months. Due to the unusual blood supply of the scaphoid, even some nondisplaced fractures may take six months or more to heal in a cast.
Fractures that are complete, particularly if they are displaced to any degree, take a much longer time in a cast to heal and may not heal at all if they are treated with a cast alone.
A careful discussion with your orthopedic surgeon may result in a decision to operate and to align an stabilize the bone with a special screw. These patients usually are allowed out of a cast within three weeks to begin flexibility exercises, but full use in sports is not allowed until motion and strength are restored and the x-ray shows that the bone has healed (usually 8 to 12 weeks after the operation).
Copyright 1994-2018MedHelp.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Vitals Consumer Services, LLC.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. MedHelp is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.