Scaphoid Fracture

Scaphoid Fracture

Scaphoid Fracture refers to a break in the largest carpal bone in the body called the scaphoid and it is the most common carpal bone fracture.

Cause of Scaphoid Fracture

This fracture is usually caused by a fall onto an outstretched hand with the wrist in extension or from a direct impact to the wrist.

Symptoms of a scaphoid fracture

  • Pain is located on the anatomical snuff box which is at the wrist below the base of the thumb.
  • Swelling may be present as well
  • Pain is worsened upon movement of the wrist or thumb
  • Limitation of motion

Scaphoid Fracture is more common in people who relate to the following

  • Athletes who are involved in high-impact sports like  football, basketball, or gymnastics
  • Scaphoid fractures are more common in young adults and males. This may be because of their tendency to participate in risky and higher levels of physical activities
  • Individuals with osteoporosis
  • Occupations like mechanics and construction workers because these jobs involve repetitive hand movements and heavy lifting.

Physiotherapy Treatment for Scaphoid Fracture

Healing complications are very common in scaphoid fractures so prompt diagnosis and appropriate physiotherapy treatment are essential. These may include:

  • Range of motion exercises once cast or splint has been removed
  • Pain modalities  such as heat or cold therapy, Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation and ultrasound for pain and inflammation
  • Wrist strengthening exercises to rebuild the strength of the wrist and surrounding muscles.
  • Education on proper wrist and hand positions when doing daily activities to help minimize strain and prevent the recurrence of injuries.

If you have a scaphoid fracture or any injury of the hand, contact us to book an appointment with one of our Physiotherapists today!