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Question:

My sister's daughter had broken her scaphoid bone after falling during a soccer game. It didn't look broken and she didn't look as if she was in a lot of pain so my sister didn't get it checked. It was only a day later that my niece went to a doctor and she was told her hand was broken. What signs should we have watched out for?

Answer:

Sometimes, when a child breaks a bone, it's hard to tell and if they're not acting very differently from usual, it can be impossible to tell. That being said, scaphoid fractures usually cause pain and swelling at the base of the thumb, with the pain getting worse when the thumb is moved. Bertil Vinnars, MD, et al. Nonoperative Compared with Operative Treatment of Acute Scaphoid Fractures. In The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. June 2008. Volume 90. No. 6. Pp. 1176-1185.

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