The scaphoid is one of the hand bones found in the thumb area, one of those most often injured. A fall or sudden stretching can cause a fracture in the scaphoid of the hand. The recognizable symptoms of this injury are pain and swelling of the wrist. Likewise, any pressure on the bone causes intense pain to the patient. In some cases, the scaphoid fracture causes only mild discomfort and some pain in the area. But sometimes scaphoid fracture is difficult to detect because it can be mistaken for a simple sprained wrist. The treatment involves placing a cast on hand to hold steady wrist, although it is also possible to use surgery, depending on the case.