You may have a navicular fracture (also called a scaphoid fracture). This 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 or thumb. Treatment for this type of break includes wearing an arm cast or splint and, in some cases, having surgery.
Even if the first X-rays don't show a break, there may be one. So the doctor will want you to wear a splint to protect the injured wrist. It is better to do this than risk not treating a fracture and possibly delay healing. You will need a follow-up X-ray in 1 to 2 weeks.
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 if the bone is broken.
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.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 21, 2017
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Herbert von Schroeder, MD, MSc, FRCSC - Hand and Microvascular Surgery
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