Recover From Your Scaphoid Fracture With Treatment in Thousand Oaks

If you have recently fallen on your outstretched hand or hurt your wrist while playing sports, you may have experienced a scaphoid fracture. The scaphoid bone is a small, boat-shaped bone located in the wrist that is vulnerable to injury from falls or other accidents. This type of fracture can be difficult to diagnose and treat, and it can cause long-term complications if not managed properly. At Elevate Plastic Surgery, Dr. Rahgozar can help you diagnose and treat your scaphoid fracture so that you can restore your comfort, function, and quality of life.

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What Is a Scaphoid Fracture?

A scaphoid fracture is a type of wrist fracture that affects the scaphoid bone, which is one of the small bones in the wrist. This type of fracture is common among athletes who participate in high-impact sports, such as football, basketball, or skiing. However, scaphoid fractures can also occur as a result of a fall onto an outstretched hand. It's important to properly care for a scaphoid fracture to prevent long-term complications, such as arthritis or decreased range of motion in the wrist. Your doctor can provide you with specific instructions on how to care for your injury and prevent further damage.

Symptoms of a Scaphoid Fracture

If you have injured your wrist, particularly in a fall or accident, you may have a scaphoid fracture. The most common symptoms of this type of fracture include the following:

  • Pain in the wrist
  • Swelling
  • Limited range of motion
  • Weakness of the wrist

It’s important to seek medical attention if you experience any of these symptoms. Your doctor may perform a physical exam and order imaging tests to diagnose a scaphoid fracture.

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Non-Surgical Treatments for a Scaphoid Fracture

If you have been diagnosed with a scaphoid fracture, you may qualify for non-surgical treatments. Potential treatment options for this kind of fracture include the following:


One of the most common non-surgical treatments for a scaphoid fracture is immobilization. This involves wearing a cast or splint to keep the wrist and hand still while the bone heals. The length of time you will need to wear the cast or splint will depend on the severity of your fracture. Dr. Rahgozar will monitor your progress with regular X-rays to ensure that the bone is healing properly.

Ice and Elevation

Ice and elevation can also help relieve pain and swelling associated with a scaphoid fracture. Applying a cold pack to the affected area for 15-20 minutes at a time, several times a day, can help reduce pain and swelling. Elevating your wrist and hand above your heart can also help reduce swelling.

Pain Management

Pain management is an important part of non-surgical treatment for a scaphoid fracture. Over-the-counter pain medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can be effective in managing pain. Dr. Rahgozar may also prescribe stronger pain medications if necessary.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy can help restore strength and flexibility to your wrist and hand after a scaphoid fracture. Dr. Rahgozar or your physical therapist will design an exercise program that is tailored to your individual needs and goals.

Surgery for a Scaphoid Fracture

If your scaphoid fracture is severe or displaced, surgery may be necessary to ensure proper healing. Surgery is typically recommended for fractures that occur near the waist of the scaphoid bone where blood supply is limited. Before undergoing this procedure, you’ll need to have a private consultation with Dr. Rahgozar. During this meeting, he’ll ask you questions and evaluate your situation to ensure that you’re a good candidate for the surgery. He’ll also answer any questions you may have about your treatment. Surgery for a scaphoid fracture is typically performed on an outpatient basis using either local anesthesia with IV sedation or general anesthesia. During surgery, Dr. Rahgozar will make an incision in your wrist and use screws or pins to hold the broken pieces of bone together.

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Recovering After Surgery for a Scaphoid Fracture

After undergoing surgery for a scaphoid fracture, Dr. Rahgozar will give you detailed instructions for your recovery period. Following these instructions can help ensure that the healing process goes as smoothly and quickly as possible. Although the specifics of your recovery will depend on the extent of the surgery, you’ll typically need to take the following steps:

Rest and Immobilization

Following surgery, you will be required to wear a cast or splint to immobilize the wrist and promote healing. During this time, you’ll need to avoid putting any unnecessary strain or pressure on the affected wrist.

Physical Therapy

After the immobilization period, Dr. Rahgozar may recommend physical therapy to help regain strength and mobility in the wrist. This may include exercises to improve range of motion, grip strength, and flexibility.

Pain Management

It’s common to experience some pain and discomfort after surgery. Dr. Rahgozar may prescribe pain medication or recommend over-the-counter pain relievers to help manage pain.

Follow-Up Care

Regular follow-up appointments with Dr. Rahgozar are important to monitor healing progress and detect any complications. Be sure to attend all scheduled appointments and notify the doctor immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms or pain.

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Why Choose Elevate Plastic Surgery for Scaphoid Fracture Treatment in Thousand Oaks?

Choosing the right clinic for your scaphoid fracture treatment in Thousand Oaks is essential for ensuring that you heal properly and regain full function and range of motion in your wrist. At Elevate Plastic Surgery, your treatment will be handled by triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paymon Rahgozar, a hand and wrist specialist with training at several prestigious medical institutions. Dr. Rahgozar approaches all of his patients with compassion, professionalism, and a patient-centered approach. He’ll take the time to understand the intricacies of your situation to ensure that you receive personalized care of the highest quality. If you’re ready to schedule a consultation, simply reach out to our office today.

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