Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science


Orthopedic Surgery


Dr. Tom Colletti, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA


This article discusses the importance of correctly diagnosing and managing scaphoid fractures. Scaphoid fractures account for 10% of all hand fractures but are commonly missed with plain radiographs alone. The retrograde blood supply of scaphoid fractures puts them at an increased risk of nonunion and avascular necrosis, making appropriate immobilization crucial for healing. Misdiagnosis of these injuries can have a significant impact on patients, as improper treatment can lead to chronic pain and arthritis as well as need for surgical intervention.


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