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Ask an Orthopedist – What should I do about my injured wrist?

Ask an Orthopedist – What should I do about my injured wrist?
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Ask an Orthopedist – What should I do about my injured wrist?

Scaphoid

Scaphoid bone in the left wrist.
Photo: Wikipedia

Question:
I recently injured my wrist. How long is too long to wait on a scaphoid injury? Meaning, how quickly does necrosis set in?

 

 

 

 

Dr. Foreman Says:

The sooner the better. Not all scaphoid fractures result in avascular necrosis – some just don’t heal. But the longer you go without treatment the less chance there is of getting it to heal without surgery.

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