Scaphoid Fractures

Does a Scaphoid Fracture Limit Your Wrist Function?

The scaphoid, one of the smaller bones in your wrist, is also one of the most likely to sustain a fracture. A broken scaphoid can prevent you from moving your wrist or thumb without pain. Because of the bone’s size, however, scaphoid fractures can be mistaken for wrist sprains, making it important to see a physician for proper diagnosis. To ensure the best outcome, it is important to have a hand or wrist fracture examined by a specialist, who has the advanced training necessary to provide the best scaphoid treatment.

What Are the Causes and Symptoms of a Scaphoid Fracture?

Scaphoid fractures sometimes occur after an accident, such as a fall. Pain in the thumb side of the wrist is sometimes the first symptom of a scaphoid fracture.

Other symptoms include:

  • Pain and swelling of the thumb side of the wrist.
  • Pain around the thumb.
  • Swelling around the wrist.
  • Wrist and hand weakness.

How Is a Scaphoid Fracture Diagnosed and Treated?

A physical exam and X-rays are often used to diagnose a wrist fracture. Sometimes, scaphoid fractures can be treated without scaphoid surgery. Casting the wrist, hand, and lower arm may be recommended to protect the bone as the fracture resolves. In some cases, however, your physician may recommend surgically repairing the fractured scaphoid.

As part of your wrist fracture treatment, your physician and therapists may also provide you with a specialized hand program to ensure your fingers, hand, and wrist maintain a full range of motion.

MHS Offers Specialized, Integrated Treatment for Your Hand and Wrist

It’s important that you have an experienced medical team with extensive training to treat your wrist fracture. Our offices are staffed with hand surgeons and licensed therapists who use the most advanced techniques to treat hand and wrist fractures. Regardless of the severity of your injury, you'll receive the prompt, expert attention you need, all at one convenient location.

MHS is committed to bringing the highest level of expertise, leading-edge therapeutic approaches, and the most advanced equipment, all to achieve the best possible outcome for you. Call us at 630-359-6888, or contact us today through our secure form to schedule a prompt appointment.