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Found scaphoid fracture. Noticed swelling and pain. Taking zanpain. Any proper treatment?

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I have found out that my scafoid is broken, I have had it a year with out knowing as the doctors said it was so manny diffrent things,
I was then told to have physio and they then found out by an exray a year later.
the problems I am having is if I put pressure on my wrist my thumb pad swells and becomes painfull
I am a massage therapist and i can not massage, i also wax clients and one day i hit a clients nose when waxing as my wrist wanted to do its own thing, i also took extra hair off a clients eye brow because when applying the wax my wrist again did something else.
I am on zanpain and naporoxin
I am seeing a bone speclist in two weeks time
but i would like to now if there is any thing that can be done for me?
its very worrying as it effects my work
could it of healed wrong as its been untreated?
you can see the bone stick out of my wrist when i bend the hand back
the snuff box hurts still too.
i done this carrying out strong massage at a spa
you can see the vains in the thumb pad sticking out
Posted Sat, 16 Feb 2013 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 31 minutes later
Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

Scaphoid fracture is the most common fracture of the wrist. As occurred with you, the diagnosis is frequently delayed which can have consequences like arthritis, improper union of the bones and avascular necrosis- this is damage to bone that occurs if its blood supply is interrupted.
Avascular necrosis is a risk with this type of fracture because some parts of the scaphoid receive less blood than the others.

Normally treatment involves either a cast or surgery to go in and XXXXXXX fix the bone.
This is followed by rehabilatation which is started within a week of initiating treatment.

Because your treatment has been delayed it is possible that there is delayed union of the bones. There are at least 5 different surgical procedures that can be done to address this.

You are not without options, in this present day there are a number of options available to you.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
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Follow-up: Found scaphoid fracture. Noticed swelling and pain. Taking zanpain. Any proper treatment? 9 minutes later
hi what is union of the bones?
also i dont have a cold thumb the blood supply feels good
can you still have a problem with the supply of blood to the thumb if this is the case?
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 11 hours later

Union occurs when the two pieces of the fracture unite when they heal.

Avascular necrosis is related to the blood supply of the bones and would not affect the circulation the the soft tissue of the area. It is a rare complication and is likely not to be present.

Feel free to ask any other questions
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