Scaphoid fractures in the athlete

  • Mark J. WinstonEmail author
  • Andrew J. Weiland
Hand and Wrist Sports Medicine (E Tolo and L Dwyer, section editors)
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Scaphoid fractures are a common wrist injury, especially in athletes. Clinicians should have a high index of suspicion for a scaphoid fracture in any patient complaining of radial-sided wrist pain after a fall on an outstretched hand. Advanced imaging, including CT and MRI scans, may be useful in diagnosis and classification of fracture patterns. Treatment varies based on the fracture location, stability of the fracture, and predictability of the fracture to heal. Treatment involves either non-operative management with a thumb spica cast or brace, or operative fixation with a headless compression screw, k-wires, or scaphoid-specific plates. Return to play is dependent on many variables, including sport, fracture union, and ability to play with cast.


Scaphoid fracture Athlete 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hospital for Special SurgeryNew YorkUSA

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