How do you know if you have a scaphoid fracture?
The most common signs and symptoms of a scaphoid fracture include pain, swelling and tenderness over the thumb side of the wrist. There is noticeable tenderness to the touch over the “anatomical snuff box.” Crunchiness and pain with gripping motions are also common symptoms that may be found with such an injury.
How painful is a scaphoid fracture?
Scaphoid fractures usually cause pain and swelling in the anatomic snuffbox and on the thumb side of the wrist. The pain may be severe when you move your thumb or wrist, or when you try to pinch or grasp something. With some scaphoid fractures, the pain is not severe and may be mistaken for a wrist sprain.
How long will a scaphoid fracture hurt?
A scaphoid fracture that is correctly treated soon after the injury will take about 12 weeks to heel. But an untreated fracture may take as long as six months to recover from. Untreated patients will also usually experience long-term problems moving their wrist or other complications (see below).
Can a scaphoid fracture go unnoticed?
A scaphoid fracture occurs most commonly when you fall on your outstretched hand. Pain and swelling around the wrist are typical symptoms of a scaphoid fracture. If a scaphoid fracture goes undetected or if treatment is delayed, it can result in permanent and irreversible damage to the wrist.