If the condition is diagnosed early enough there are non-surgical methods, wearing a wrist splint, which may help to relieve the numbness and tingling sensations. Some treatment modalities may also help to relieve the pain and other symptoms.
Sprains require a period of relative rest and ice in order to reduce the swelling and bruising around the joint. Once the pain has decreased significantly, selective exercises should be started as soon as possible to return the joint to normal strength, flexibility and function. If there is a full thickness tear in any of the ligaments, surgery may be necessary. It is important to ensure the joints and muscles above the wrist, at the elbow and shoulder, are functioning as they should in order to give the wrist the best possible opportunity of making a full recovery.
The lack of blood supply to this area is the main reason that the recovery time of a scaphoid fracture is on average a minimum of twelve weeks and can, if diagnosis is delayed, take up to six months in a splint or cast.