Scaphoid Fracture- Carrollton, TX
Dr. Neagle, a leading hand and wrist surgeon in Carrollton, TX, specializes in the treatment of Scaphoid Fractures. He uses advanced diagnostic techniques to diagnose the cause of the injury and devise a treatment plan accordingly.

Scaphoid Fracture

A scaphoid fracture refers to a break or crack in one of the carpal bones, which connect the bones of the forearm and hand. The injury can occur at various sites including the proximal and distal ends of the bone.

Scaphoid fractures can be classified into the following types depending on the severity of the condition:

  • Non-displaced fracture: There is no misalignment of the bone fragments.
  • Displaced fracture: When the bone fragments move out of their normal position, it is known as a displaced fracture.

Causes Of Scaphoid Fracture

  • Fall on an outstretched hand
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Injury during sports activities

Symptoms Of Scaphoid Fracture

  • Pain and swelling at the base of the thumb
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness
  • Stiffness
  • Weakness

Diagnosis Of Scaphoid Fracture

The doctor may physically examine the patient and check for severity of the symptoms. He may conduct imaging tests such as X- rays, MRI and CT scan to determine the underlying cause of the condition.   

Treatment For Scaphoid Fracture

Non-surgical treatment

  • Cast: The doctor may recommend wearing a cast or splint to immobilize the wrist joint. It may also help in providing support.
  • Rest: Adequate rest should be provided to the affected area to reduce inflammation and discomfort.
  • Medication: The doctor may prescribe anti- inflammatory medications to minimize pain and swelling.  

Surgical treatment

When non-surgical treatment options do not provide relief, surgery may be recommended.

  • Reduction: The surgeon may use special instruments to align the bone in its proper position.
  • Bone graft: This procedure involves using a bone tissue from the wrist and insert in place of the broken bone. Metal implants may be used to hold the bone in place.  
  • Scaphoid Debridement: In this procedure, the surgeon may remove the scar tissues to promote the healing process.  

After the surgery, the doctor may recommend specific exercises to improve the strength and mobility of the wrist joint. Physiotherapy may also improve range of motion and muscle strength.

Prevention Of Scaphoid Fracture

Wearing protective equipment such as wrist guards while performing high impact activities can reduce the chances of Scaphoid Fracture.

For effective treatment of Scaphoid Fracture, consult Dr. Neagle. To schedule an appointment with the hand surgeon in Carrollton, TX, call at (972) 492 – 1334.