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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
About a month ago, I had a low-side at Oak Hill Raceway during a practice day. Jammed my right wrist into the tarmac pretty hard. So, I've basically had to pull out of Sprints and ride Endurance as best as I can. I rode in Endurance race so far... with the wrist hurting.


I had it X-Rayed and it showed that nothing was broken... but a couple directions in my range of motion was still hurting pretty good. When still, nothing hurts though.

Anyway, three days ago I had an MRI for good measure and it turns out that my scaphoid is fractured and, err, another bone that I forgot was as well... but mainly it's the scaphoid. I am in a really sturdy brace that keeps the thumb in place.

Anybody have any experience with this kind of injury? We have an Endurance race this weekend and I would still like to try and ride if I can make it work with an old set of gloves and IF pain is low with this new brace. I don't want to injure anything further, but maybe some others out there have gone through something similar??

Thanks.


Modified by Tripod-R at 10:36 PM 6/2/2005
 
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Re: Bummer... wrist injury for me... (Tripod-R)

I'm going through a very similar problem. Mine started over a year age when I tried to go snowboarding. I fell multiple times. Ever since then, I haven't been able to put weight on it (like doing a push up). It hurts to ride my bike as well. Thank god it is my clutch hand!

About 2 months ago I was working with my horse, and he pulled away from me quickly and snapped my wrist. Scott finally made me go get X-rays. Nothing was broken, but my wrist was very painful.

I went to see a hand/wrist specialist. He said that I probably tore some tendons. He said it would heal on it's own, but it would be a year in a brace 24/7. No riding or anything. I couldn't wait that long. I went in for some exploratory surgery last Wednesday.

He said that there was nothing majorly wrong with it, but he cleaned up some rough edges of cartilage and my tendons. Around my Scaphoid bone, I have lost a lot of cartilage that I won't ever get back. So after I heal from my surgery, I have to wear a brace whenever I am doing anything that will put stress on my wrist such as riding my bike and my horse.

Anyway, that is my wrist problem that I am going through. I get my stitches out on Tuesday, and he said I should be able to ride when we go to Laguna, but he isn't promising. Cross your fingers for me! Good luck with your wrist!!
 
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Re: Bummer... wrist injury for me... (Tripod-R)

Scaphoid injuries are a total drag. Its very common that fractures don't show up in x-rays until the healing process has advanced considerably. If I was you, I'd definitely forget racing for the time being and keep it completely immobilized. Get it X-rayed every two or three weeks to find out how its healing and to see whether or not its a displaced fracture. The scaphoid bone heals slowly because it gets very limited blood supply. If it is already a displaced fracture (or you displace it while pretending to be Kevin Schwantz this weekend) it may very well never heal without surgery because the risk of completely cutting off the blood supply is great. No blood, no oxygen, no healing. By not immobilizing the joint and letting it rest for 2-3 weeks also greatly increases the chances of it turning arthritic. After it the bone has healed, do the PT so it doesn't bother you for the next 2-3 years. Good luck.
 
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Re: Bummer... wrist injury for me... (bsess)

wow, you must be an orthopod
nice answer
I was just gonna mention avascular necrosis and why radiologists get sued alot over those hard to pick up scaphod fractures(not to give you any ideas though).
just to add, as I'm reading from my ortho book, --"6 weeks in a cast" and if not united by 12 weeks, "internal fixation" (surgery), so looks like no throttle twisting for you
 
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Re: (roadkill)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by roadkill »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Dang, I thought this thread was about wanker injuries.</TD></TR></TABLE>

If Tripod is a righty then it could in fact be considered a wanker injury. LSTD will be forced to place him on the 60 day disabled list during which time he won't even be allowed to pick up a bat so to speak.
 
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Re: Bummer... wrist injury for me... (Tripod-R)

Don't F'k around with a scaphiod injury. If I remember correctly, that injury has ended some racers' careers because they didn't let it heal right.
 
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Re: Bummer... wrist injury for me... (Mashuri)

+1!

Seriously, Tripod, they're not kidding. I broke mine in '97, and I ended up wearing a cast for 8 weeks, which cost me a couple of certain class championships. The doc told me he could have put a screw in it and got me back on the bike in a couple of weeks, BUT...

...If I did that, he said, I would probably have some pretty severe arthritis in 10 or 15 years. That's what the pro racers are risking when they do these quick-fix surgeries.

Don't push your luck. Bite the bullet and stay off the bike for a couple of months and keep the wrist immobilized. It's not worth it to try and ride, especially if you fall on it again...
 
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Re: Bummer... wrist injury for me... (AZ Scott)

Sh!t.

Yeah... I figured as much. Well... I've been really lucky with crashes/injuries since I started riding the track so I guess I should count my blessings that it wasn't any worse.

THIS BLOWS.


Thanks for your feedback guys.
 
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Re: Bummer... wrist injury for me... (Tripod-R)

Dude.. so sorry to hear about this....

I guess you might remeber all the crap I went through with my wrist the last few years... all cause of the scaphoid break. Let it heal.. if you can stay away from surgery... do so.. as stated it has a lousy blood supply...so let it rest and suggest not stressing it.

I made the mistake of pushing mine and payed the price... 2 ops later.. screwed, then removed and limited 4 corner fusion later.... now hardly any flexion movement, makes it tough to twist the throttle. It made me give up racing the big bike (F2) and all I can strand is the minis now,

Later and heal up.. see you at OHR
Way "Scott" slow
 
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