What is it?

A scaphoid fracture is a fracture to the scaphoid, a small bone in the wrist.

What Causes It?

A fracture to the scaphoid is commonly caused by landing on an outstretched hand (the face of the palm) after a fall.

Symptoms

The symptoms of a scaphoid fracture depend on the severity of the injury. These include:

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Warmth
  • Pain Below The Base Of The Thumb
  • Reduced Movement Of The Wrist
  • Deformity Of The Wrist

Diagnosis

  • Your doctor will ask several questions about the symptoms (cause, location, intensity, aggravators/relievers).
  • A few simple tests can be done to see the movement of the wrist and location of pain.

While the above steps can quickly diagnose a scaphoid fracture, an x-ray, CT or MRI scan may be performed to confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment

Wrist treatment depends on the severity and type of the fracture. These can include:

  • Immobilising the wrist with a brace, splint or cast
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medication
  • Resting the injured wrist as much as possible
  • Applying ice immediately after the injury to reduce inflammation
  • Physiotherapy treatment to relieve symptoms, increase strength and avoid stiffness.
  • Surgery (in severe cases)

How Long Until I Get Better?

Fractures are conditions that require immediate treatment to prevent further damage to the surrounding tissues and potential complications. The recovery period for a scaphoid fracture can be up to six months.

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