Scaphoid Fractures




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The scaphoid is a very critical and important bone in the wrist. The scaphoid spans across the two rows of the wrist, the proximal and distal row. The scaphoid serves a stabilizing function between these rows. If the scaphoid is fractured, it can no longer properly stabilize these two rows and causes much disability in the wrist.




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When a scaphoid fracture is present there may often be tenderness over this bone in the wrist. The are where the scaphoid lies is known as the "snuffbox" in the wrist.




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Scaphoid fractures need to be treated appropriately. There are various treatments recommended depending on the type and severity of the scaphoid fracture. This diagram shows a compression screw that has been placed across the scaphoid fracture site.




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This X-ray shows a scaphoid nonunion. The scaphoid fracture has never healed properly and now is not able to heal on its own. This can often cause quite a bit of dysfunction in the wrist and will need to be treated.


Santa Rosa Hand 2015