A to Z: Fracture, Scaphoid (Wrist)

A to Z: Fracture, Scaphoid (Wrist)

A fractured scaphoid is a break in a small bone in the wrist.

More to Know

The scaphoid may break when someone holds out a hand to stop a fall. Doctors are very careful with the scaphoid bone because sometimes it has trouble healing.

When someone has wrist pain after a fall, doctors use X-rays to look for a fracture. Sometimes a fracture of the scaphoid is hard to see on regular X-rays because of the bone’s shape, and a special test or visit to an orthopedic doctor (bone specialist) is needed.

Keep in Mind

A fractured scaphoid usually heals well with a splint or cast, which hold the pieces of bone in place. A splint is like a cast and gives support to the hand, but is soft part of the way around to allow room for swelling.

  • If a splint is used, it will be changed to a full cast after a few days.
  • If a cast was placed, it will be worn for 1-5 months.

Some fractures that do not heal well on their own may need surgery to bring the broken pieces of bone together, but this is rare.

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