Scaphoid Fracture


The scaphoid is located on the thumb side of the wrist, right where the wrist bends. If you hold your hand in the hitchhiking position, you can see the scaphoid, which is at the base of the depression that is made by the thumb tendons. If there is pain or tenderness in this area, it could be a sign that the scaphoid has been injured.


What Causes a Scaphoid Fracture?

A scaphoid fracture usually happens when you fall with outstretched hands and land on the palms. The end of one of the forearm bones (the radius) may also break during this type of fall.


Symptoms of a Scaphoid Fracture

Scaphoid fracture symptoms include:

  • Swelling and pain at the base of the thumb.
  • This pain may become more severe when the thumb or wrist is moved or you try to grip something with the hand.



The course of treatment for scaphoid fractures depends largely on the location of the break in the bone. Most fractures will heal well when they're placed in a cast and the cast will usually be below the elbow. It may or may not include the thumb.

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If you have questions about a scaphoid fracture or want to make an appointment with us, please contact one of our Patient Care Coordinators and they'll be happy to help you.