A 40-year-old member asked:
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what are the signs that a fractured metacarpal needs reduction?

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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 chance that the fracture needs to be reduced. See a board certified orthopaedic hand surgeon for evaluation and treatment.
Answered on May 4, 2016
Dr. Ralph Salvagno
38 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Rotational Deformity: The most common metacarpal fracture is that of the little finger. When you make a fist the contour of the knuckles may be different. A small depression is probably ok. Any change in rotation of the finger usually requires reduction.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016

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