A scaphoid fracture is a fracture to the scaphoid, a small bone in the wrist.
What is it?
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.
The symptoms of a scaphoid fracture depend on the severity of the injury. These include:
- Pain Below The Base Of The Thumb
- Reduced Movement Of The Wrist
- Deformity Of The Wrist
- 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.
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.