Your scaphoid bone is situated in your wrist. It is a small bone that you can often injure when falling on an outstretched hand. It is a common injury seen in the young who play sports such as rugby or are involved in other activities such as skateboarding or snowboarding. You can also sustain a scaphoid injury as a result of a car, cycling or motorcycling accident. The scaphoid has a limited blood supply which means that it can be very slow to heal.
When you visit Accident & Emergency with pain in the wrist following an accident or trauma, it is essential that four x-rays are taken. However, that might still not identify the fracture. If there is any doubt that you may have a scaphoid fracture you should be put into a plaster cast and be reviewed in a fracture clinic a couple of weeks later.
Common mistakes at A&E
Common mistakes made at A & E include the following:
- failure to take the correct x-rays
- assuming that there is no fracture because it does not show on the initial x-rays
- failing to immobilise the wrist in a plaster cast when a scaphoid fracture is suspected
- failing to follow up the patient.
When a scaphoid fracture is not diagnosed and promptly treated, it interferes with the blood supply and can lead to weakness in the wrist, the need for surgery and arthritis.
If you, or a loved one have had a misdiagnosis when a scaphoid injury has been sustained and would like to discuss making a claim for compensation as a result of problems with your scaphoid bone please call one of our Clinical and Medical Negligence lawyers on Freephone: 0808 164 0808 for a FREE, no-obligation chat. Alternatively, you can complete the request a call back form and we will call you.