One of the most common cycling injuries is the scaphoid fracture. When a bike crash occurs, the cyclist reflexively reaches out with their arms to brace their fall. Injuries can result as this places the brunt of the impact on the hands and forearms. The small bones in the hands and wrists are simply unable to tolerate such a strong impact, and fractures are common.
The scaphoid bone is located on the wrist, just below the thumb. It is a small bone but it is important as it controls stability and range of motion throughout the wrist.
Scaphoid fractures are relatively common, but are frequently overlooked. Small fractures can be missed completely, as they may not show up on x-rays until healing starts to occur. Because these fractures can be missed, seek medical attention again if your pain has not resolved.
You may notice some pain and swelling or you may just feel some stiffness initially. Pain from a scaphoid fracture generally radiates from the base of the thumb. There may be some redness, bruising, or swelling. Pain can result when you move your thumb or attempt to grasp something or turn the wrist. In addition to the pain, there may be some stiffness or loss of motion.
If you have been in a bicycle crash and feel pain at the base of the thumb, it is important to be x-rayed and examined by an orthopedic professional as soon as possible after your injury. Untreated, scaphoid fractures can lead to avascular necrosis or arthritis. Never ignore pain after a bike crash!
Treatment for a fractured scaphoid involves casting or surgery. Many physicians will splint or cast the thumb and wrist even if they do not initially see a fracture of the scaphoid. If the patient shows signs of a scaphoid fracture, the physician may choose to err on the side of caution and treat it as fractures may not show on x-rays. In some cases, surgery will be required, especially if the fracture is displaced.
The costs associated with a scaphoid fracture from a bicycle crash can be high. X-rays and other imaging tests, orthopedic physicians, and casting or surgery are all very expensive, even with health insurance. If your bike accident was caused by the carelessness of another, even if you may be partially at fault, contact the Law Firm of Kass & Moses today to learn more about how we can help you recover compensation for your injuries. Scaphoid fractures involve medical expenses, pain and suffering, and time away from work. The costs of such an injury quickly escalate. Do not go it alone- speak with a professional today!