Broken Scaphoid bone

Patient : My mum fell last December and broke wrist. She had it put in a temporary cast and told to come back. She was told the scaphoid bone had been broken and that it would take longer to heal than if it had been a larger bone. She had her casts changed regulary but she said that they never felt as if her thumb was supported properly. Six months later and she still had a cast on. She was then given a wrist brace to wear, but her wrist was still swollen and painful. It is coming up to nearly a year since this happened and my mum still finds it painful. She describes it as being like a permanent Chinese burn feeling. She can't put pressure on it or dry a dish a certain way. She also hasn't been able to drive her car. I'm just worried that she will have this as a permanent thing. Please tell me that this can be fixed and she will regain movement and strength in her hand and she will be able to drive again. Many thanks for any advice that you can give me. Lauren
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