Scaphoid fracture is a fracture of one of the carpal bones in the hand located on the thumb side of the wrist.
The scaphoid is one of the eight carpal bones in the hand located on the thumb side of the wrist. It is commonly fractured, but at times difficult to detect on initial x-rays and often overlooked. Careful examination is important and appropriate treatment is crucial to ensure healing. If the bone is not displaced it can be treated with strict immobilization for 4-6 weeks, or in some cases longer, to heal. If the bone does not heal or if the fracture is displaced surgery may be indicated to avoid future dysfunction and pain.
Example of a scaphoid fracture that did not heal and resulted in nonunion.
Every patient receives an in-depth consultation to devise a treatment plan that is right for their problem. Our specialists prefer non-operative and non-invasive treatments whenever possible, including physical therapy, medications, and/or injections. When we require surgery, we will then use minimally invasive surgical techniques to fix your problem, whether it is fixing a broken bone or repairing a tendon. Our goal is always to get you back to living your life normally as soon as possible.