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how long does a broken 4th metacarpal generally take to heal?

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Dr. J. C. DiGiacomo
General Surgery 35 years experience
6 weeks: Nearly all injuries will heal in 6 weeks.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
4th metacarpal fract: With proper immobilization about 6-10 weeks.
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Depends on the break: It depends on the location of the fracture and how much comminution there is. Hand fractures are a little different from other fractures, as non-healing is much less of a problem than stiffness. X-rays typically lag behind what is really going on, so once the fracture is non-painful when tapped upon, it is healed (usually 2 weeks in children and 3-4 weeks in adults.) avoid stiffness!

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Why is adjusting to flying from the east coast to the west coast generally considered easier than west to east coast?

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Is fasting for 24 hours once a week bad for my health? Or is skipping meals in general bad for me?

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No: Once a week fasting is good for you.
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What does a general health panel tell?

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