Wrist bone (scaphoid) injury advice
- keep your arm and hand elevated (raised) to minimise swelling
- lift your arm above your head regularly to maintain shoulder movement
- bend and straighten your elbow regularly to maintain elbow movement
- gently straighten and bend your fingers regularly to maintain finger movement
- use your hand for light functional tasks as pain allows
- wear any supportive splint that you have been given if it gives relief
- use ice wrapped in a towel for 5 to 10 minutes, 2 to 3 times a day, for up to 5 days, to reduce swelling and help with pain. Be careful, as ice applied directly onto the skin can cause ice burns.
- do not use your injured wrist for any heavy lifting or gripping
A telephone appointment will be arranged by the emergency department. During this call, a doctor from the fracture clinic will give you the results of your MRI scan, and tell you if you need any more treatment.
When to get help
If your condition gets worse, or you still have wrist pain 2 weeks after your injury, please contact the hand trauma unit for an appointment in the Friday morning clinic, phone 020 7188 0953, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm.
Resource number: 4827/VER3
Last reviewed: July 2021
Next review due: July 2024