Carpal Bone Injuries Follow-up

Updated: Apr 12, 2021
  • Author: Bryan C Hoynak, MD, FACEP, FAAEM; Chief Editor: Sherwin SW Ho, MD  more...
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Return to Play

Return to play recommendations are as follows:

  • Distal radius fracture: Uncomplicated fractures require conversion of the splint to a short-arm cast for 6-8 weeks once swelling has abated. An orthopedic specialist should assess the limb for adequate alignment and the need for operative intervention.

  • Scaphoid fracture: Treatment in a thumb spica cast for 12 weeks results in healing for 90% of these fractures.

  • Lunate fracture: Most lunate fractures heal with placement of a spica cast for 10-12 weeks.