Originally Posted by naturequack
If a scaphoid bone gets fractured (remember, I'm not saying that your scaphoid is or is not fractured) there is a possibility that the blood supply to half of the fractured bone could become dramatically impaired (as in stopped) and at this point that portion of the bone starts to die. If this is caught early enough a surgeon can pin the two bone fragments together which will increase the likelihood of a favorable outcome. Favorable, as in, half of the scaphoid bone doesn't become necrotic.
An x-ray, even though it is not a perfect test, can detect many of these severe scaphoid fractures. Waiting a week before getting an x-ray may be a delay that makes the difference between a favorable and not favorable outcome.
I just thought you might want to know.
Mmmhmmmm. And that is why I have an appointment scheduled for tomorrow. If it is severe enough the X-Ray will pick it up, and if I don't go I end up with severe complications. I wouldn't want non-union, and going as early as possible decreases the odds of it.
Thank you for posting something useful.
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