We treat a lot of elbow and wrist injuries at our Epsom physio clinic, and this includes scaphoid injuries. The foundation of all our physiotherapy services is to keep you moving and that includes increasing mobility and reducing the pain associated with a fractured scaphoid bone.
The scaphoid is one of the carpal bones located on the thumb side of the wrist, just above the radius. The word “scaphoid” comes from the Greek term for “boat” as the bone looks like a boat thanks to its long, curved shape. The scaphoid bone might be small but it plays a big role. It’s important for motion and stability in the wrist joint and that’s why an injured scaphoid requires urgent attention. An injury usually occurs after a person falls on their outstretched hand and many doctors commonly diagnose a sprained wrist – this is something we can help to treat.
However, when the pain and swelling don’t subside, it indicates a more serious injury has occurred in the form of a fracture. If the fracture is not recognized early, the bone may not heal properly and this can cause painful issues down the track. Again, we can help if the bone is broken.
When a fracture of the scaphoid bone is confirmed, you will need to wear a splint or cast. This will cause your joints to stiffen up while your muscles will lose strength. It’s comforting to know that your range of movement and strength will usually return as you use your wrist however this can be a slow process and often incomplete, which only opens you up to the risk of other injuries. This is why physiotherapy is extremely important in facilitating the return of joint mobility and muscle strength in this part of your wrist. Treatment options we might use include manipulation and mobilisation, ongoing exercise programmes, soft tissue treatment, fracture and taping. On their own or in combination, these treatments are highly effective and we can report excellent results from our clients who have suffered from scaphoid injuries.
If you’re experiencing any sort of pain in your wrist, we can help you. Whether it’s a scaphoid injury or anything else in that area, get in touch with us. Remember, you don’t need a referral from a GP so we’re happy to be your first point of contact if you’re in pain and need some professional advice.