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Scaphoid Fractures

Scaphoid Fractures Doctor

I am a firm believer in a trial of conservative (non-operative) care prior to proceeding with a surgical procedure. Both surgical and non-surgical treatment options will be evaluated for a scaphoid fracture after a thorough examination.

Isaac V., who broke his wrist while skateboarding, says this "Thank you so much for healing my wrist ... Your healing skills are truly remarkable and I thank you for that." Read 100's of testimonials.

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Dr. Cohen is well versed in non-operative and surgical care of Scaphoid Fractures. Click on each category below for more information. Feel free to contact us to be seen by Dr. Cohen. We are easily accessible to patients off the 101 freeway in Westlake Village.

The scaphoid is one of eight small bones in the wrist. It is located between the hand and the forearm bones. When falling, we have a natural tendency to break the fall with our hands. This means we land hard on the palm of the hand, and because of its position, the scaphoid can break. Just about anyone can fall and break their scaphoid, but this injury is seen frequently in people who engage in sports and other physical activities.

Unlike most other broken bones, it may not be immediately apparent that the scaphoid is broken. It is easy to mistake a broken scaphoid for a sprained wrist. There is no outward deformity, and in some cases, there might not even be much pain at the outset. In fact, even x-rays may not show it.

The course of treatment for a broken scaphoid can vary greatly depending on several factors:

  • The location of the break (closer to the thumb, or closer to the foream);
  • The number of fractures;
  • Whether or not there is displacement (the broken pieces have moved out of alignment).

Dr. Cohen will conduct a thorough physical examination, which will most likely include x-rays. Simple cases are usually handled with a cast. More complicated breaks, such as those involving displacement, may require surgery.

Dr. Cohen is well-known for his conservative approach, and does not rush to surgery if non-surgical methods will lead to the proper outcome.

Read, watch, and listen (audio quotes), to what just a few of Dr. Cohen’s patients have said:

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Thank you so much for healing my wrist and helping me during the recovery process. As the new year looms in front of us bringing new opportunities, and a clean slate with it, I am reminded of all the dumb things I did in the past year. I can tell you, with absolute certainty, that breaking my wrist while skateboarding was the dumbest thing I could do and possibly the dumbest thing I have ever done. The way you seized control of the situation and offered helpful advice and simple, knowledgeable explanations along every part of the healing process leads me to seriously think of becoming an orthopedist in life. Your healing skills and inspiration are truly remarkable and I thank you for that.

The skateboard you autographed is now hanging on my wall next to the last cast I wore as part of the healing process and everyone asks who signed the skateboard.

May you have zen in 2010!!

Isaac V.

John broke both of his scaphoids. Both were repaired with stainless steel compression screws and the patient was allowed to start moving 1 day after surgery. Here he is for a routine follow up xray.

Watch the great progress Neil is making 3 weeks after a scaphoid screw.

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