A scaphoid fracture are not always easy to detect; a special X-ray is necessary to fully view the scaphoid bone.
The scaphoid is a small wrist bone located at the base of the thumb.
This injury predominantly occurs because of a fall on an outstretched hand.
Immobilize in a thumb spica splint and ice it in the acute phase (Bracker, 2012). Surgery is necessary in case of displacement of the fracture to fixate the unstable bone fragment. Even though there is no clear evidence of a scaphoid fracture, it has to be treated as one, due to the potential avascular necrosis (lack of blood supply) of the scaphoid which can cause severe and permanent disability.
Bracker M.D., 2012, The 5-Minute Sports Medicine Consult, 2nd Edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA, p: 251