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Scaphoid Fracture in Wrist

What is a Scaphoid Fracture in the Wrist? 

The scaphoid, one of eight small bones in the wrist, is most commonly injured due to a fall on one’s outstretched wrist.  It occurs most frequently in young men in their teens to 30’s.  A patient with a scaphoid fracture ( also called a broken scaphoid bone) will have pain on the radial (thumb) side of their wrist.  They will often have pain with wrist range of motion and may also have decreased movement of the wrist. 

If a scaphoid fracture is suspected, X-rays should be obtained.  However, X-rays will sometimes fail to reveal the crack in the bone if it is small, and thus additional tests such as MRI or CT scans may be ordered.

scaphoid fracture

What Treatment Options Are Available for Scaphoid Fracture of the Wrist? 

If you have a scaphoid fracture, treatment is usually a cast or surgery.  Scaphoid fractures heal slowly due to their limited blood flow.  It may take several weeks in a cast before the fracture heals, sometimes 3-4 months is required.  Surgery is recommended for certain types of scaphoid fractures and in some patient groups.   In some studies, the healing rates are better and faster with surgery versus cast treatment.  Surgery can often be done through a minimally invasive approach, but does have some possible complications and surgical risks. 

When a scaphoid fracture is not treated, the bone may not heal, and patients often experience worsening wrist pain, decreased range of motion, and stiffness.  In time, these patients may develop wrist arthritis and may require surgical treatment in the future.

scaphoid fracture surgery
scaphoid fracture surgery

Heal Effectively from a Scaphoid Fracture in Your Wrist by Contacting Us Today

A scaphoid fracture in the wrist can be challenging, but our expert team of orthopedic surgeons at Raleigh Hand to Shoulder Center is here to help you recover and regain wrist function. Say goodbye to pain and discomfort, and hello to a wrist that works as it should. 

Your journey to recovery from a scaphoid fracture starts here. Get started by filling out the form on the right-hand side of this page. You can also give us a call directly using the phone call button and schedule an appointment button, both located at the top of this page.

Image copyright American Society for Surgery of the Hand. If you have an injury to your wrist, please call the Raleigh Hand Center to be evaluated by an upper extremity specialist.

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