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Scaphoid bone fracture in the Wrist- A common misdiagnosed cause of wrist pain

The scaphoid bone is one of the carpal bones in your hand around the area of your wrist towards the thumb side. It is the most common carpal bone to break (fracture). This bone broken usually  by a fall on to an outstretched hand. Symptoms can include pain and swelling around the wrist. 


Diagnosis of a scaphoid fracture can sometimes be difficult, as not all show up on X-rays. for a  period of one to two weeks, and an MRI/CT Scan may be needed to ascertain the treatment.


Treatment is usually with a cast worn on your arm up to your elbow for 8 to 12 weeks. Sometimes surgery is advised. Correct diagnosis and prompt treatment of a scaphoid fracture can help to reduce complications.

Anatomy around your wrist


In the hand, there are eight small bones known as the carpal bones. They are arranged in two rows, one on top of the other.

The proximal row is the row that is closest to the elbow. In the proximal row are the scaphoid, lunate, triquetrum and pisiform bones. The distal row is the row below this. In the distal row are the hamate, capitate, trapezoid and trapezium bones.