A member asked:

Is it possible to play rugby w/ a fractured scaphoid custom playing brace?

3 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Joel McClurg answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

The scaphoid is sort of like the transmission of the wrist. Fractures of the scaphoid often heal slowly or not at all and require surgery. Playing competitive contact sports will likely increase the likelihood of the fracture not healing correctly and the long term consequences of not healing or healing in the wrong position can be severe. This is especially true in younger patients.

Answered Dec 3, 2018



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Dr. Todd Guyette answered

Specializes in Hand Surgery

Scaphoid fractures are not all alike....Some scaphoid fracture patterns are more unstable than others and require more rigid immobilization that a splint can provide.

Answered Jul 30, 2013



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