- He has a surgical inciscion from his surgery, which would almost certainly come apart.
- He has a SCREW in his BONE! There is zero chance that the bone has had time to heal around the screw sufficiently for stability.
- Messing around with a scaphoid bone injury is taking a huge risk regarding your career. Just some of the potential career threatening issues:
A bone that fails to heal is called a nonunion. Nonunions are more common after scaphoid fractures because blood supply to the scaphoid bone is poor. Blood supply to the bone is very important in its healing. Bones need blood to carry oxygen and nutrients to the site of the fracture.
When the scaphoid is broken, especially when the fragments have moved apart (displaced), the blood supply to those fragments may be disrupted. Sometimes, the blood supply to one of the fragments is so poor that the piece does not get enough nutrients and the cells in that fragment die. This is called avascular necrosis. A bone graft with its own blood supply (vascularized graft) is the most effective treatment for this condition.
Over time, nonunion and avascular necrosis of the scaphoid can lead to arthritis of the wrist. Symptoms of arthritis in the wrist that results from scaphoid nonunion or avascular necrosis include:
- Aching in the wrist
- Decreased range of motion of the wrist
- Pain with activities such as lifting or gripping
I have a hard time believing that any team doctor would OK this kid to play in the Final Four, let alone this weekend. This kid would have to be
dumb as a box of rocks to even consider jeopardizing extremely motivated and completely let down by those that profess to have his best interest in mind to even consider messing around with this kind of injury. Then I read his latest quote:
"If I can get a good amount of range of motion in my wrist, and I can go out there and compete and not play in any pain, those are the two things I'm looking for."
Then I see information like this...
Unless your wrist is deformed, it might not be obvious that the scaphoid bone is broken. In some cases, the pain is not severe, and may be mistaken for a sprain.
and I wonder just how far UNC will be willing to go, risking this kid's future for a shot at another banner. UNC and Roy Williams should have him shut down, and not be leading along this media circus.