Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Wrist FAQ

Question:

How does the scaphoid bone of the wrist usually get broken?

Answer:

A scaphoid fracture is almost always caused by a fall on the outstretched hand. We commonly try to break a fall by putting our hands out for protection. Landing on an outstretched hand makes hand and wrist injuries--including a fracture of the scaphoid bone--fairly common.



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