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A scaphoid fracture most commonly results from a fall on an outstretched hand. The scaphoid is a small bone located on the thumb side of your wrist. It is the most commonly broken bone in the wrist. Because symptoms can be minimal, scaphoid fractures are frequently mistaken as sprained wrists. Scaphoid fractures are treated with casting or surgery.
You will participate in rehabilitation when your cast is removed. Your hand may feel stiff or sore after immobilization, and initially, a therapist will help you move your joints. Modalities, such as heat and ultrasound are used to assist range of motion and strengthening efforts. Your therapy program will advance to exercises to increase flexibility, strength, and coordination. You should avoid gripping and heavy lifting, as well as contact sports, until cleared to do so by your doctor.
Treating underlying medical conditions can help prevent falls. A general physical examination can identify medical conditions that cause balance disorders or dizziness. An early diagnosis may allow for optimal treatment.
It can be helpful to have a therapist or a family member help you examine your home and remove obstacles that may cause you to trip. It can be helpful to install railings on steps or in your shower. Low-heeled sturdy shoes may help you maintain proper foot positioning. A cane or walker may aid your balance while you stand or walk.
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