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When can you return to work with a fractured 5th metacarpal

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eon Shin
Dr. Eon Shinanswered
Hand Surgery 20 years experience
Depends on the work.: People with "sedentary" or "low demand" jobs can often return back to work following splint immobilization of the injury. If you perform desk-type dut... Read More
Dr. Annette Occhialini
Plastic Surgery 36 years experience
Depends: The answer depends on what you do andhow the fracture is treated. It usually takes 4-8 weeks for a fracture to heal so if you use your hand at work e... Read More

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A male asked:
Dr. Audie Rolnick
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Varies: usually healing is 4-6 weeks. allow about 2 weeks to get full range of motion and strength. Then you can play again
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregory Harvey
Orthopedic Surgery 38 years experience
Metacarpal fx: There is no harm in returning in 2 weeks. Just tell the doctor you would feel more at ease with a new x-ray at 2 weeks instead of 4. There should be n... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Hohman Jr
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 13 years experience
Possibly: You need to follow the instructions from your surgeon. The cast does not provide complete stability.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Metacarpal fractures: If non displaced or non angulated (bent) or not shortened don't typically need surgery. Surgery can be offered for excessive angualation, abnorma... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Pain swelling &: Pain swelling and deformity at the level of the injured metacarpal.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Callahan
Hand Surgery 31 years experience
A bit risky: It depends on the type of fracture and method of treatment but in general i tell patients to let pain be your guide. You might consider focusing on c... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Deformity: The only way to know if a fracture needs reduction, is with x-rays. If the bone is obviously displaced or the finger is crooked, there is a good chanc... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 47 years experience
Probably yes: Depends on where and how badly you broke it an xray might be a good idea.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
It depend: Were the located, in the proximal end , the shaft or the distal end and if displaced or not , simple fracture take about 6 weeks.

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