The Value of Snuffbox Tenderness: A Sign of Things to Come

  • Shawn Warner, DO, PGY-1 Firelands Regional Medical Center, Sandusky, OH
  • Eric Mast, DO Firelands Physician Group, Sandusky, OH
  • James Berry, MD Firelands Physician Group, Sandusky, OH
  • Dave Pocos, DO NOMS Access Orthopedics, Norwalk, OH


The scaphoid is the most commonly fractured bone within the carpals, accounting for up to 70% of all carpal fractures and frequently occurs following a fall onto an outstretched hand. Despite the high frequency of injury and a common mechanism of injury, it is common for a scaphoid fracture to go undiagnosed. In this setting, the patient is now at risk for numerous long-term complications. Using a case report of a 30-year-old male who had improper management of an acute scaphoid fracture, this article will review the proper management in the acute setting with advanced imaging and briefly discuss the long-term complications of an improperly treated fracture.

How to Cite
Warner, DO, PGY-1S., Mast, DOE., Berry, MDJ., and Pocos, DOD. “The Value of Snuffbox Tenderness: A Sign of Things to Come”. Osteopathic Family Physician, Vol. 11, no. 3, July 2019, pp. 12-17,
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