Scaphoid is one of the most important bones in the wrist. Fractures to this bone commonly occur after a fall on outstretched hands. Recently, I was exercising and sustained a fracture myself. My fracture required surgery but not all scaphoid fractures need surgery. Some may heal well in a cast, but that could take up to 3 months or even longer. Thus, next time you fall and feel a lot of wrist pain which persists beyond a few days, you may want to come by for an x-ray. I'm certainly glad I took caution and had this fracture treated appropriately. Otherwise, I'd be looking at a lifetime of potential wrist pain.