Remi Gauvin Sidelined with Broken Scaphoid

Mar 1, 2018 at 10:55
by Sarah Moore  
Remi Gauvin has just posted on Instagram that he broke his scaphoid a few weeks ago and recently underwent surgery for the injury. It is still up in the air whether he will make the first two Enduro World Series rounds at the end of March and beginning of April in Lo Barnechea, Chile and Manizales, Colombia.



Remi was ranked 8th in the Enduro World Series last year, and his team, Rocky Mountain - URGE bp, was ranked second overall in the Team Standings.

How and when did your injury happen?

The injury happened in Santa Cruz on at the end of January. The crash wasn’t all that spectacular but it was in a small rock garden and I ended up falling on my left hand in the rocks. The pain wasn't too bad, but it did start swelling soon after. X-rays that night confirmed a broken scaphoid. I was able to get an appointment with the surgeon not long after and surgery 2 weeks ago.

Why did you hold off saying anything until a month after the incident?

At the time I suppose I was in denial about how long the injury might keep me off the bike. Now knowing what I do about wrist injuries I am dealing with a big time crunch when it comes to racing the first races. scaphoids are tricky. It's not totally out of the question as sometimes this bone does heal quickly. But its just as likely that it will take longer. I just felt like keeping it to myself until I was ready.

When will you decide whether you'll head to South America to race or not?

I will decide shortly before we plan on heading to South America in a few weeks time.

With teammate Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau commenting in the Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro Team Announcement that she's definitely sidelined from the first two rounds in South America as she recovers from a wrist injury, could Jesse Melamed be the sole rider on the Canadian team to take the start at the first two EWS races?

Jesse Melamed is coming back after his own injury in the final round last year, but seemed on form during the Andes Pacifico, coming away with the win.

EWS Team

Our thoughts go out to Remi and we wish him the speediest of recoveries!


63 Comments

  • + 19
 Ah that sucks, at least you've got a screw in there. Mine still gives me problems years on. Apparently the blood flow to it is terrible which hinders its progression? That's what I was told anyhow. Heal up well and good luck for the rest of the season.
  • + 3
 Yes that's why they take ages to heal
  • + 7
 I have broke mine 3 times ... third time they chose hardware - 2 years later and i still cant do push ups on my palms due to range of motion, tricky little bone
  • + 4
 @chadchandler7:
14 years later I still can't do them normally either. On the knuckles ninja style only.
And now that's its super strength from the metal it transfers the impact to the radius and breaks that instead. Which tbh I found much quicker to mend than a scaphoid so not all bad.
  • + 3
 @markg1150:
My surgeon said snapping your arm is a much easier fix, I only got about 50% movement back in my wrist
  • + 3
 yeah even with the screw mine took a good while. Years later still have soreness from it basically every day. I recently started riding with one of those all sport dynamics motox wrist braces where you can set how far you want to allow it to bend back and it has definitely helped the level of soreness after a full day or weekends riding because my wrist doesnt roll back into the problem area anymore. They aren't cheap but so far I haven't regretted the purchase.
  • + 4
 @richsoffar:
I bought an all sports oh2 brace almost immediately after my injury, it's been well worth every penny. I don't get any pain when I ride with it. I still get soreness on the road bike when I don't wear it.
  • + 1
 @DC1988: mine was ruined before I did the scaphoid. But I also snapped both tib n fib off at the joint entirely at the same time. Those were recipients of a huge plate n screws, the scaphoid was left to heal on its own, which to this day it doesn’t feel like it has!
  • + 1
 Mine was 07 still hate changing weather and do fist push-ups.
  • + 6
 As a person that works in the operating room I can attest that this injury is a bear to heal and even when fully recalcified it is not nearly as strong as before. mainly do to poor blood flow also it is under loads of force from several tendons and can easily rebrake. if Remy is smart he would sit out the first race or risk his whole season. subsequent fractures only extend the healing process and can leave you with life long discomfort and rang or motion issues. take it easy and listen to your damn doctor
  • + 1
 Yep, broke scaphoid, and radius in Dec. Got some fancy pins, screws, and plates installed and have been doing a ton of PT. I'm finally getting enough strength back to start to think about getting on the bike. Range of motion is still super limited. When I broke my other wrist(radius fracture) it wasn't as bad as this one but it still took 6-8 months before it started feeling remotely normal.
  • + 1
 @chadchandler7: when they x-rayed mine they found 2 older full thickness fractures had healed and eventually put a pin in. The surgeon said 'don't see a physio for 6 weeks!' - so I went to a physio 4 days later and we started mobilising it. Within 4 months I had 95% range and it's never been an issue.

They reckon a lot of the pain and range issues is from the immobilisation in a cast.

I'm about to have my other one done, and we've left it out of cast on purpose - it's pre surgery and I've got 95% range back...
  • + 1
 I'm currently in a full arm cast from a scaphoid fracture from last week. I have a whistler trip planned for July, so I'm hoping to be at least somewhat recovered for then. Scared about the range of motion.
  • + 2
 @thook:

Full arm as in past the elbow? You will probably have more or an issue with loss of muscle than range of motion. My arm shrunk big time in the cast. You have plenty of time before whistler season though.
  • + 1
 @PhoS:
Yep, past the elbow. Ortho said they don't want me to be able to move my wrist at all. I'm just gonna have to train hard to come back. It's crazy to think my wrist would be a longer recovery than when I broke my femur, but it is what it is.
  • + 1
 @thook: they threatened me with that after my 1 month post op showed little bone growth. I had broke the cast to the point I could still use my left hand.
  • + 1
 @thook: Crazy, this is my 3rd wrist and every time it was casted below the elbow to the knuckles, and around the thumb. I uploaded a pic of my recent upgrades to my random photos check out that gnar.
  • + 2
 @scotttherider: I cut one cast off a few days early and the Dr. was PISSED, he stuck me in another cast for an additional 2 weeks...
  • + 1
 @PhoS: yeah I spent another 4 weeks in a cast after I broke the thumb and fingers open further. They did my full thumb closed for the second 4 weeks in the cast.... bastards! Mine was done by a group in Portland, OR. Sounds like we had the same surgeon.
  • + 1
 @PhoS:
Dang those surgeons have had a good time in your wrist! I'm scared because looking at the x ray it is closer to the forearm which I guess has worse blood supply, but I'm taking lots of calcium & vit. D so I'm hoping for the best. It's annoying because it doesn't hurt and I still had full motion when they took the initial splint off so I want to do things but it is what it is
  • + 1
 @scotttherider: Haha, nah that was in California. My most recent one was in Portland. The Ortho I ended up with was great, she did some good work. I also removed this cast myself for several reasons but they didn't care.
  • + 1
 @thook: Yea they loaded me up with all the hardware, my radius was badly shattered in like 7 pieces or something, the big long screw is the scaphoid, and I also broke the styloid as well in that incident. (don't torpedo wood ramps) Definitely double down on your vit D intake, and add K2 if you don't already take it. The blood supply ordeal is related to the scaphoid specifically, there's a vein that supplies the blood that can become damaged when its broken. In those cases they pull a vein out of your leg to replace it. Fortunately I didn't need this, but one of my buddies did. His scaphoid still died afterwards and they had to do extra surgery to repair it.
  • + 1
 @grundletroll:
I don't know how much knowledge you have of wrist injuries in general as I didn't ask my consultant at the time as much as I should have done.

I dislocated my wrist (don't know what part), fractured my scaphoid and snapped ligaments. I had the scaphoid screwed and k wires inserted but I guess I don't really know what causes the reduced range of movement I now have, or is it a combination of the injuries?
  • + 1
 @markg1150: I must have scaphoids made of rock. I broke the tips of my radii three times, twice the left one. And no damage to any bones in my wrist.
  • + 1
 Did mine 10 years ago - still hurts in the cold!
  • + 1
 Broke my scaphoid 2 years ago. No surgery, but a cast for 7 weeks and brace for 5 weeks after that..... then about a whole year to feel normal. Fortunately, (unlike the other responses here) it seems fully healed now, full range of motion, no issues at all. But damn that was a tough year.... though it did result in buying a cross bike to take it easy for awhile!
  • + 1
 dang wild to hear y'all were all immobilized for so long. Im pretty sure after my scaphoid surgery I was wrapped up from thumb to above my elbow but only for 10 days and then we start PT.
  • + 2
 Bone Stimulators are the ticket. I spent 4 months in a cast after surgery for a scaphoid fracture before my doctor was able to get the bone stimulator approved through my insurance. 3 weeks of using the stimulator and it was 100% healed. What a difference it made in the healing time. Unfortunately, I too suffer from limited range of motion.
  • + 1
 @joemo5: does it work with a cast?
  • + 10
 I wonder if the mountain bike teams would ever have a fill-in replacement rider like they do for Supercross/motocross? You know, somebody to ride a factory bike until the main riders are back to racing? It would help with the team points battles right from the start. It would give some up and comers a chance to do their thing on the big stage. Bump somebody up from their development teams or some of their sponsored local heros?

Hell, I'll even ride! There's gotta be a team looking for that fan appeal that comes with hiring a 48 year old that's been sitting on his ass all winter, isn't there? Am I wrong?
  • + 9
 In this case, the choice is obvious: Thomas Vanderham. We know he has the speed.
  • + 4
 I feel like this is a scaphoid fracture recovery suportgroup. Same boat, took buttloads of time to heal and can't do normal push up's anymore! Welcome to the club Remi
  • + 3
 We'll meet at the trailheads on thursdays...lol
  • + 2
 Did mine several years ago 6 weeks before a Whistler trip. Lucky for me our local hospital has an amazing orthopaedic surgeon who popped a screw in there with keyhole surgery. Made the trip just fine and rode every day although I did brace the w
  • + 1
 ... did brace the wrist to ride.
  • + 5
 People whose first name begins with Rem been taking a beating. Get well soon Remi.
  • + 2
 Clicked to say the same!
  • + 4
 remington steele is doing just fine...
  • + 1
 I broke my scaphoid with a FOOSH fall on outstretched hand. What a bummer. I was living in another country and another language so I had a hard time speaking to the doctors. I did a lot of research and found out that an immediate screw is becoming more common with these injuries, and almost the first course of action for a professional. The techniques have improved in recent years.. Unfortunately my break was more of a crack, so the old-school protocol is to immobilize. I had my dominant hand in a cast for 10 or 12 weeks, and then quite a few months of rehab/strengthening. Fortunately it healed and I have most of my ROM back. There is still pain almost two years later but I can deal with that. I bought Knox gloves, like the motorcycle racers use, with sliders on the palm. Nobody wants a broken scaphoid. Knowing what I know now I would ask for a screw right away and be done with it.
  • + 1
 I broke my right scaphoid in Sept of 16 when I fell into a bowl while riding at the skatepark, it hurt and swelled up right away so I went to the doctor, they didn’t think it was broken and sent me on my way. I continued biking ( I bike year round) and the thing was really uncomfortable and just didn’t feel right, I went in to the doctor again in October and they finally sent me for x rays but the wait was until November to get in (still riding), I guess they then could see it was broken but the break didn’t show up well enough on the x ray so they ordered a CT scan to see if it requires surgery and that didn't happen till December (still riding). The CT scan showed the bone was broken through and there was a chip that had broken out. The doctor recommended the screw surgery immediately, the way he explained the surgery to me seemed like it would take me off the bike and take a long time to get my mobility back and that freaked me out so I asked if I could try out a cast first since I hadn’t been in one yet, he agreed to the cast because he said it wouldn't make a difference at this point if we did the surgery that day or a month later. I was finally put in a cast by January 1st, riding with a cast in the snow was not much fun but I still rode at least twice a week for the next month. When I went in for my check up and a new x ray at the end of January they cut the cast off and the x ray showed the freaking thing had healed completely, best news ever! I went to physio for a couple months to regain the range of motion I had lost and regained 100% of my ROM. My Physio therapist credited the fact that I kept riding and that I was in a cast for such a short period of time for getting my full ROM back.
Reading all these stories about the surgeries and the loss of ROM makes me feel really lucky that mine healed up on its own and that I didn’t just let them go ahead with the surgery without first trying a cast, everything I read said that I would be screwed because early diagnosis is the key to having a scaphoid heal properly but I guess I was pretty lucky that wasn’t the case for me. Since then I’ve taken a few big falls to my wrists without issue.
I Hope Remi heals up quick and has the luck I did with it healing up in a hurry!
  • + 1
 I dislocated my wrist, shattered scaphoid and lunate and trapped nerves in my wrist in 2004. The scaphoid took over a year to fully heal (with a pin in it). I had limited movement in the wrist then. By 2016 the pain was unberarable. Turns out it was arthritis due to the bones rubbing on each other due to the dislocation. My surgion suggested I could either have a full or partial wrist fusion. I chose partial fusion in an attempt to keep some movement, error. They removed my scaphoid completely, removed the surface of the lunate and captate and screwed them together. It didn't work, I'm in constant pain and have about 15% movement. I'm now waiting for a full fusion which involves more bone scraping, a rod from my knuckles to half way up the fore arm and a bone graft taken from my hip!
  • + 1
 Broke mine years ago, and three weeks after surgery with a pin implanted I was put into a fibre glass cast. I cut the palm section out so I could grip the handlebar and a week later was racing XC national championships elite grade. The back of the cast acted as a brace. Hurt to tie up shoe laces a little but mtb was fine. And all that on a set of Manitou 4 forks with about 50mm of travel on a good day. Oh the 90s...gotta love em
  • + 1
 broke my left scaphoid in september but i had perilunate dislocation, about to have the 2nd surgery and getting a plate in it..no more range of motion but hoping to ride again at some point. wrist is no fun. hope he heals up quick!
  • + 1
 Me too! Got the cast off early hoping I'd be able to do still do the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo, but apparently it doesn't work like that. It still felt like crap. Feeling better now, going to try a road ride this weekend. Get well soon! You'll get over it.
  • + 3
 I feel like if there hadn't been the X-Ray, there would be a lot of comments along the lines of... "What's a scaphoid?"
  • + 1
 I beg to differ, there's tons of people commenting about breaking theirs. We're mountain bikers, therefore we have separated shoulders, broken collar bones, and broken wrists...
  • + 1
 @bhd13: Eh, true. A lot of them, however, were after me.
  • + 1
 Broke mine twice and am as good as ever. Take the time to let it heal properly, your whole life will be better for it. That said, I did do a day at Whistler with the cast on Smile Heal up buddy!
  • + 1
 I broke my scaphoid in the fall and that is not a fun recovery and takes forever to get back on the bike. Heal up Remi! That bitch is gonna be stiff when it comes out of the cast.
  • + 1
 Shatter your heel on Schleyer, then you'll know a long recovery. Remi, with the metal work and determination you'll be back in no time.
  • + 1
 @Zumbi33: dislocated and shattered part of my talus and fractured my navicular last May. Just getting back on the bike on trails 9 months later. Rode 6 months after my scaphoid.
  • + 1
 after having almost done this and gladly getting away with just breaking a chunk off of my triquetrum bone, I don't ride without my allsport dynamic wrist braces. They don't hinder movement but can hopefully help in a crash
  • + 1
 Broke mine and healed without surgery in a cast - little bastard took 13 weeks right in the middle of summer! But didn't have to get surgery and now it feels the same as it did before which is rad.
  • + 2
 Lots of Dark leafy greens , fish and avacodos bud! The Rocky Mountain Enduro grade maple syrup can't hurt! Heal up and hit it harder Remi!
  • + 1
 Broken mine twice, left and right. Can say they take forever to heal and mine still arent great.
  • + 1
 Broke mine 2 years ago was back on the bike in 10 weeks, don't have any issue's with it now and I am an old git
  • + 1
 Remi will be back. He doesn't know the meaning of quit. Even when Remi's off the bike, he's a winner! Heal up.
  • + 1
 Jesse's fantastic and all, but this is one area you're not supposed to mimic him in Remi smh
  • + 2
 Just pin it!
  • + 1
 Man, the Race Face Rocky Mountain team is off to a great start.
  • + 1
 I broke mine 4 weeks ago and it only took 3 weeks to heal!
  • + 1
 Heal up!!
  • + 1
 brutes!

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