A navicular fracture (also called a scaphoid fracture) is a break in a small bone on the thumb side of your wrist. It can cause pain and swelling in the wrist and make it hard to move your wrist.
You may have broken this bone by putting your hand out to break a fall.
Treatment for this type of break includes wearing an arm cast or splint and sometimes having surgery. The type of treatment depends on how bad the break is.
Even if the first X-rays don't show a break, there may be one. If your doctor thinks a break is possible, he or she will treat it. It is better to do this than risk not treating a fracture and possibly delay healing. If the doctor treats the break, he or she may ask you to come back in 1 to 2 weeks for another X-ray.
It is important to follow the doctor's instructions because parts of the navicular bone do not have a good blood supply. This can make healing slow and difficult.
You heal best when you take good care of yourself. Eat a variety of healthy foods, and don't smoke.
The doctor has checked you carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: March 21, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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