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A 52-year-old member asked:

How long does it usually take a metacarpal fracture to heal?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 20 years experience
4-6 weeks: Metacarpal fractures take about 4-6 weeks to heal, with proper casting or splinting. For simple fractures, patients are usually allowed to return to regular activity after 6-8 weeks.
Dr. Robert Gluck
Hand Surgery 39 years experience
Agree. Will also depend to some degree on the type of fracture ie configuration, open or closed, etc... not to mention location i.e ends of the bone have better blood supply than the middle of the shaft.
Dec 24, 2011
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
6-8 weeks: Generally speaking, most fractures heal within 6-8 weeks but limited and protected range of motion may be perfmitted under the supervision of a therapist.

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How long will a metacarpal fracture take to heal?

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4-6 weeks usually: Thes bones if in proper alignment and with proper splinting and care, will usually heal in 4-6 weeks.
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How long does it usually take for a boxer's fracture to heal?

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How long does it take to partially heal a boxer's fracture?

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Dr. Jonathan Sollender
Hand Surgery 32 years experience
3 weeks: In general the fractured pieces stick together (like glue hardening) by 3 weeks to the point that daily use is possible, though sore. Generally splinting for 3 weeks is enough time for a soft connection to hold the bone in one piece, thus allowing recovery of range of motion, strengthening and working with the injury to take place. Each fracture is different, so check with your hand surgeon.
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How long does it generally take for a boxer's fracture to heal?

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A 25-year-old member asked:

How long does it usually take a radial fracture to heal?

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Dr. Eon Shin
Dr. Eon Shinanswered
Hand Surgery 20 years experience
8 weeks: The healing time depends on the location and severity of the fracture. For non-displaced fractures of the radius near the wrist, it will often take 6-8 weeks for fractures to heal and then an additional 4 weeks for the bones to re-model and attain their maximal strength. Discuss your fracture with a hand surgeon to characterize the healing time.

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