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

A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eon Shin
Dr. Eon Shin answered
19 years experience Hand Surgery
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

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A male asked:
Dr. Audie Rolnick
39 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
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 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregory Harvey
37 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
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
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Hohman Jr
12 years experience Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
Possibly: You need to follow the instructions from your surgeon. The cast does not provide complete stability.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Callahan
30 years experience Hand Surgery
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 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
22 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
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 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
46 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Probably yes: Depends on where and how badly you broke it an xray might be a good idea.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Pain swelling &: Pain swelling and deformity at the level of the injured metacarpal.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
34 years experience Hand Surgery
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 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eon Shin
Dr. Eon Shin answered
19 years experience Hand Surgery
Plates or pins: Depending on the fracture pattern, surgical intervention usually involves a plate/screw construct or multiple wires. Plate fixation can help you mobil ... Read More

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