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Scaphoid fractures

The scaphoid is a small bone in the wrist but due its poor blood supply, it is notorious for poor healing which leads to chronic pain after fracture. Most scaphoid fractures will be immobilised for a minimum of 6 weeks to ensure bony union.

If a scaphoid fracture does not heal properly there is a risk of developing avascular necrosis. If this occurs then an open reduction and internal fixation surgery with bone grafting may be required.
Scaphoid fracture xray
X-ray showing a fracture of the scaphoid bone.
David Beckham Scaphoid fracture
David Beckham sustained a scaphoid fracture after falling awkwardly during a match against South Africa in 2003.
(Image sourced from bbc.co.uk)