who here has broken a scaphoid?

sup all,

i busted my scaphoid over a year ago, on a fifty out of all things, lol. never fixed it really, just got used to it, i could lift weights, ride, etc. and it felt ok. anyways, i was on the 450 at elsinore and i cased a jump pretty bad, so it hurts now. it's still technically broken, the orthopedist tells me. i'll be out about 2-3 months he said. if i don't get it fixed, he said in time, like when i'm in my 30's, (i'm 23) i'll develop arthritis.

for those of you who have broken it, how was your healing experience? are you absoultely 100% or not? or were there some of you who were better off before, then got the surgery and actually got worse? (this happened to me with my shoulder separation) thanks.

I broke mine back in March. I just fell over missing a rut in a berm (like I've done hundreds of times). I could either have a screw put in (surgery), and be out for 6-8 weeks, or leave it, and be out for several months. I chose the surgery. My orthopedist was really cool. Two or three weeks after the surgery, he told me I could ride, but I'd have to leave the cast on, or I could get the cast off and take it easy. I chose to get it off.

Once I got my cast off, my wrist was really puny and weak. It took me a while before I got full movement back. I still have trouble with things like cutting finger nails (I also broke my ulna near the wrist in August).

Finally, I was cleared to ride. A week or two after I was cleared, I was riding at a deeply plowed track. I went off the face of a jump, slid off the side, and landed in a rough ditch. It really hurt my wrist, and I was afraid I might have hurt it again. After a couple more weeks, it felt better. It still pops, and hurts. Both my wrists were really sore after riding last weekend. Hopefully everything is ok, and it will be back to 100% before long.

How bad is it broken? If you can, I'd get the surgery.

Arthritis (sp) is no joke, get it fixed.

definatley if you dont it will come back to haunt you :D

Broke my left scaphoid in '96. I literally cartwheeled a mountain bike and myself near the bottom of a long fireroad decent. At one point I remember rolling on the ground out of control, looking up and seeing my bike about 10 feet in the air above me. I didn't realize I broke anything and finished the ride (another 7 KM).

Next day my left wrist was a mess. I got a cast and was in it for 12 weeks. I was back riding after about 3 weeks and was downhillng in 5 weeks (all with the cast on). I did get a 'script for physio written but never used it. In retrospect, I should have.

To this day, my wrist still occasionally bothers me, but so does my right wrist. Mountain biking is the shits on wrists. Both click. My range of motion is limited in my left now too (I can't bend my hand fully forward, but the range is more than enough). Strength wise, it's fine. I suspect I'll have a hell of a time with both my wrists when I get much older.

EDIT: I should say that I broke mine into three pieces, two big halves and a wedge in between. The doctor was worried that the one half might die, since the blood only enters the bone from one end. I got lucky and it grew back together.

Chris.

i broke mine and didnt get it fixed yet. Its healed wrong like yours. I can still lift weights and do everything fine except ot starts to hurt after vigourous activity.

An unhealed scafoid fracture will haunt at 23 year old for the entirity of his life. It must be repaired. Some nominial pain is be present after it is reapaired, but the inevitable progression into severe diasbility and arthritis will not occur.

i broke mt right in 1999, docs told me it was a bad sprain for months, didnt get it fixed for 8 months, had operation and lost small amount of movement but limited arthritus by having opertation.

proptly sued the docs and got £35,000 GBP, and got a new bike!

then broke my left in 2003 got it fixed and plastered straight away, no probs at all.

definately get medical advice about your wrist, maybe better rebroken and set properly, may have healed up and not worth it. but better check, and talk to two seperate docs to double check.

mark, bristol england.

I broke mine back in 82 and had it repaired. Believe me you can't do anything about the arthritus it will hit ya with age. :D

I broke mine about a year ago (dropped a wheel in the stutters), i didn't do anything about it for about 3 months after i broke it, thinking that it'll just heal by itself. I can tell that they don't just heal without some sort of support. I was in plaster for 8 weeks and couldn't ride for another 4 weeks after that. I highly recommend getting it fixed asap. Arthritis really really sucks and is to be avoided at all costs. After i was out of plaster and did all the rehab stuff my wrist was as good as new!!

I broke mine a few years ago. I didn't know it was broken until about a month after i broke it. I was in a cast for 10 months, then had a month of therapy to regain the movement in my hand. I am 100% now.

I could have had the surgery and been healed faster, but the docter told me it was best to let it heal on its own. Mine took so long to heal because of the location, there is only blood supply to one side of the bone so i guess the farther away from the blood supply, the longer it takes to heal.

One reccomendation i have is to go to a hand specialist and be treated by them.

Broke mine a year and two months ago.

Was in a cast for 6 weeks and then a brace

for 6 more. Not cool at all.

I'm about 80% of what I was, and probably always will be.

I have to warm my wrist up good before I lift weights or ride.

Sucks!

An unhealed scafoid fracture will haunt at 23 year old for the entirity of his life. It must be repaired. Some nominial pain is be present after it is reapaired, but the inevitable progression into severe diasbility and arthritis will not occur.

I broke mine in 1988. Had an xray 1 month ago and an operation Tuesday. They did a bone graph but not from my hip. They put in a screw also. So mine has been broken for 18 years. I have had pain on and off. Just got tired of it. So I had an xray. I have not had a follow up visit since the surgery. What can I expect. A smaller cast. This thing I have on now is a giant. Broke it when I was 20, got it taken care of at 37.

broke mine in 03 was in surgery the next day ,but 2 other breaks in my right wrist end up with 2 screws and 4 pins to hold it all together ,had the pins removed at 4 weeks never had a problem since but only have about 75% movement in my wrist now

man hearing all these stories still worries me a lot. i have like 95% of my wrist use, work out, ride, everything. just hurts a little if i land on it too hard. i'm 25 now, but i wonder how much worse or better i'd get if i have the surgery, and if i'd lose some mobility like you guys did.

i broke mine in 3 places 3 weeks ago, had surgery and currently casted up. i can only hope and pray it gets back to normal. kinda worried now.

Broke mine in 1999 and did not realize that I need surgery until 6 months later. They did a bone graph from my either radius or ulna bone and now I have a double sided screw hold the two parts of the bone together. It took more than a year but now I am pretty much back to normal. I cant do flat handed push ups anymore, my wrist wont bend that much, but other than that, its fine.

Broke mine in 1999 and did not realize that I need surgery until 6 months later. They did a bone graph from my either radius or ulna bone and now I have a double sided screw hold the two parts of the bone together. It took more than a year but now I am pretty much back to normal. I cant do flat handed push ups anymore, my wrist wont bend that much, but other than that, its fine.

Lots of these responses are similar to my experience. Went 8 months thinking it was a sprain. (even with x rays docs missed the crack) Finally went to a specialist, because the last x ray taken showed the back half of my scaphoid was deteriorating. A bone graph, a pin, and 5 months in cast later, Im good as new. Except Ive lost about 20% motion. No flat handed push-ups for me either... Fingertips only... :thumbsup: This was in 2003...

You'll be fine eventually. Advice!! Do some kind of work-outs that will keep it limber and help your range of motion. :thumbsup:

I'm 24 and I broke mine last May and went to the doc right away. They tried to let it heal itself in a cast for 3 months, but it didn't, so they put a screw in it and put me in a cast again for a couple more months. Once cast was off, it was really stiff, but I have regained most of the movement, but not all of it. They said it will probably not be 100%, and I will still have some degree of arthritis. It'll start aching sometimes for no reason, but it really bothers me when I do push-ups or bend my wrist back. I'd say it's about 70% and I don't believe it will get any better than that. I also broke my right wrist when I was in 7th grade, and the docs put me in a removable cast because they didn't know it was broke. About 1 month in the removable cast, they took more xrays and notice new bone growth, which meant it did break. They put me in a permanent cast at that point. Ruined my whole summer and at that age that really sucks. That one healed, but breaking it again of course doesn't help. Good luck with yours. Hope all goes well.

Broke mine 2 riding years ago, and didn't realize it until a year later. I thought that it was a bad sprain, as I was able to ride back, but in really bad pain. Then, the next summer I broke my radius in the same arm, and while I was in the doctor told me that my scaphoid had been broken previously and needed repaired with surgery, in addition to the radius. 1st surgery was in May, I didn't get out of a brace until October, and then they went back in in January to take the plate off of my radius. I'd say mine is about 85-90%. It still hurts occasionally, and always after I hit a good bump riding. There is still a screw right through the middle of it. I still can't do normal push ups, and probably won't be able to. It's much better than it would have been if I had left it alone. The worst part is I'm just 18 now. I'd say definitely get the surgery, and go to the best doctor you can. Mine was a hand and ankle specialist and was great.

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