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How's a 3rd metacarpal fracture fixed?

How's a 3rd metacarpal fracture fixed?

Metacarpal fractures: Are treated with splints or casts or internal fixation. While some don't need much at all! . if you want to "fix" one you need either stainless steel pins called K-wires or similar or screws or plates with screws. The pins can be put in "closed" without incisions being made under X-ray guide but typically screws and or plates are put in via an open incision. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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I fractured my third metacarpal. How long does a metacarpel fracture take to heal?

I fractured my third metacarpal. How long does a metacarpel fracture take to heal?

It depend on the: Location of the fracture if it is in the end of the bone or in the shaft 6-12 weeks. ...Read more

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I fractured my third metacarpal in march and recently noticing that my ring finger is crossing underneath my middle finger. Can this be sorted?

I fractured my third metacarpal in march and recently noticing that my ring finger is crossing underneath my middle finger. Can this be sorted?

See orthopedic doc: Especially one who specializes in hand surgery to have hand evaluated & learn what options for treatment are available. May require additional x-ray study. Good luck. ...Read more

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I fractured my third metacarpal 8 weeks ago, however xrays not showing progress in healing. Is this normal?

I fractured my third metacarpal 8 weeks ago, however xrays not showing progress in healing. Is this normal?

Nonunion: This is called a nonunion. Sometimes when a fracture does not heal the orthopedic doctors need to go in and do a surgery to pin it. Talk to your doctor about options. ...Read more

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3rd and 4th metacarpals broken. Have 1 screw for each of the broken bones. They used volar slab as a cast. It is possible to use ulnar gutter slab?

Hand fracture: Yes as long as the third and fourth metacarpals are protected an ulnar gutter splint would be fine and may be more comfortable ...Read more

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Metacarpal fracture symptoms?

Metacarpal fracture symptoms?

Pain swelling &: Pain swelling and deformity at the level of the injured metacarpal. ...Read more

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How long will a metacarpal fracture take to heal?

4-6 weeks usually: Thes bones if in proper alignment and with proper splinting and care, will usually heal in 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Is my 5th metacarpal bone fractured is it only really hurt when I leave on it or when I away my arm?

Is my 5th metacarpal bone fractured is it only really hurt when I leave on it or when I away my arm?

5th MCP: Your 5th metacarpal often gets injured or fractured if your strike something with that part of your hand. If it appears deformed or crooked or if it fails to line up with your other fingers, it may be fractured and you should have an XR. All the best and I hope it feels better. ...Read more

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I fractured my metacarpal at the 2nd digit. What kind of surgery can fix this?

I fractured my metacarpal at the 2nd digit. What kind of surgery can fix this?

3: Open surgery w plates and screws or stainless pins (k wires) thru skin or manipulate and splint. ...Read more

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I recently fractured 2 metacarpals in my hand. One was reset and the other wasn't and is very stiff. Is this normal?

I recently fractured 2 metacarpals in my hand. One was reset and the other wasn't and is very stiff. Is this normal?

Yes: Metacarpal fractures can cause a lot of swelling depending on how they were broken. Proper splinting of the hand in the "safe or functional position" is important to minimize later stiffness. Once fractures have healed enough (usually around 3 weeks) hand therapy can be started to decrease swelling and improve range of motion and stiffness. If you can't make a fist you should get therapy. ...Read more

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Risk of working out with spiral fracture metacarpal?

Risk of working out with spiral fracture metacarpal?

Take some time off: Bone needs astill environment to heal corectly that's what the casts are formetacarpalfrx can fail to heal or healcrooked working out won't help avoid these problems. ...Read more

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What to do if I get a spiral fracture in the metacarpals?

What to do if I get a spiral fracture in the metacarpals?

Goto the orthopedic: Surgeon he will take care of it for you. In the meanwhile if you have splint use it and do body taping of that finger to next finger. ...Read more

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5th metacarpal fracture, how long can I wait to get surgery?

? Boxers' fracture: The commonest fracture of the 5th metacarpal is that of it's neck and is also known as the boxers' fracture. It can be easily handled as an office procedure by your hand surgeon. Other fractures may need surgical repair by placing plates and screws. Average healing time is usually 6-8 weeks but for a lot of hand fractures the splint/cast is only half that time and then rehabilitation is started. ...Read more

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What is the fastest way to heal a second metacarpal fracture?

What is the fastest way to heal a second metacarpal fracture?

Cast or surgery: If the fracture can be aligned well in a cast, you should be out of the cast in 3-4 weeks. If it can not be aligned you will need surgery. It talks 6 weeks for full healing either way. If you have surgery you might not need a cast. ...Read more

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I had three metacarpals fractured one almost broken all the way through and set in the cast one of my fingers has constant pain is this normal?

Cast: It is normal to have pain with broken bones but if this pain is new you need to call your orthopedist. There may be a problem with the cast. Make sure you elevate your hand, rest it on pillows above the level of your heart. If this alleviates your pain, it may have just been due to swelling, if the pain persists you need to be seen. ...Read more

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Can you still lift weights with a fractured 1st metacarpal?

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 core, legs, and back for a few weeks until your treating doctor gives you the thumbs up (yes pun intended :)). ...Read more

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What are the signs that a fractured metacarpal needs reduction?

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. ...Read more

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I fractured my 5th metacarpal how long will I need cast?

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. ...Read more

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I have a metacarpal fracture. What kind of therapy will be good?

Hand evaluation: Metacarpal fractures are best treated by a surgeon specializing in hand and upper extremity surgeon. A hand therapy program can be prescribed by your treating physician to minimize stiffness and shorten recovery time. ...Read more

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Hi, I think I may have fractured my 5th metacarpal bone in my hand. Need help! Not sure if it is or not?

Hi, I think I may have fractured my 5th metacarpal bone in my hand. Need help! Not sure if it is or not?

Get x ray: Its important you find out since metacarpal bones need to heal correctly. I advise you see your Primary Care Provider or go to an URGENT care clinic for an xray and possible casting/splinting!! ...Read more

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I got a hairline fracture in my 2nd metacarpal 2 days ago, but I have badminton tournament 10 days. What can I do?

I got a hairline fracture in my 2nd metacarpal 2 days ago, but I have badminton tournament 10 days. What can I do?

Don't play: Unless you want to risk fracture displacement and possible longterm deformity, I would advise you not to play. Although a cast could be applied I don't think that you would be able to play and splints would not apply sufficient immobilization. ...Read more

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Could the transversal fracture of the 4th metacarpal in the hand need surgery?

Yes: Transverse fractures are often unstable and require surgery to avoid displacement. Especially if there is loss of metacarpal height. seek care with a hand surgeon ...Read more

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It's only been 3 weeks since I fractured my first metacarpal. Dr. said he would remove my pins tomorrow. Too soon? Isn't 4-6 weeks better? Nervous!

Metacarpal fracture: Removing pins for a metacarpal fracture after 3 weeks may not be unreasonable, depending on the nature of the fracture. Typically pins are removed after 4-6 weeks. Let your surgeon know about your concerns. Keeping your pins in for another 7-10 days might make you more at ease and is unlikely to lead to any major problems ...Read more

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What does a pinky finger metacarpal fracture look like?

Need Xray: You can't diagnose a fracture otherwise unless there is obvious angulation of the bone. There can be tremendous swelling and bruising without a fracture, and minimal physical changes with one. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I fractured my 5th metacarpal. How long will I need a cast? Does it depend on how bad the fracture is?

Fracture Stability: A cast will likely be applied for a minimum of 3 weeks followed by transition to a splint. However, a variety of options are available and will depend on the stability of the fracture. ...Read more

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Is it true that you get a much stronger bone after completely recovering from Boxer's Fracture (5th Metacarpal Fracture)?

Is it true that you get a much stronger bone after completely recovering from Boxer's Fracture (5th Metacarpal Fracture)?

Not really: The healing will required a calcification around the broken bone to stabileze it, and I guess it will make it strongmbut it will never be a stronger than a healthy bone. It will be strong enough to resume all the old activity, but not stronger, in my opinion. ...Read more

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I've been in a cast for two weeks for a non displaced metacarpal fracture (4th). Is there any way I could remove the cast in less than 4 weeks?

Depends on the nat-: Ture of the fracture. Also location. Proximal are more prone to displacement than distal. Also after2-3 wks the cast can be removed and the fx x-rays taken& the decision can be made to leave out or re-cast. Your ortho or hand surgeon makes the call not your impatience. Hang in there, the outcome is lifetime.. ...Read more

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I fractured my 4th metacarpal playing rugby and got it casted. I want to be a firefighter and need my hands in best condition, do I need surgery?

I fractured my 4th metacarpal playing rugby and got it casted. I want to be a firefighter and need my hands in best condition, do I need surgery?

It will: Depend on the displacement of your fracture, if you have rotational deviation or angular deformity that could cause impairment. Talk to you doctor about that. ...Read more

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Is it reasonable to leave fractured 5th metacarpals at joint with phalanges untreated. Happened 15 Nov. Doc failed nonsurgical procedure with splint.

Probably okay: Sure, if the finger isn't terribly out of place or angulated. Google images for angulated finger, compare it to the other hand, if not severe then you might be okay. ...Read more

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I have a metacarpal fracture of the thumb. I currently have two pins. How soon can the pins be removed? What's the minimum amount required? I'm hoping 3 weeks!

4-6 weeks: It take at least 4-6 weeks for a fracture like this to heal.
It is to your orthopedic surgeon that place the pins to decide when to take them out.
Do not Rush thing it is not worth it
Let the healing take place. ...Read more

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Metacarpal spiral fracture -- cast or splint?

Either one ma y be: Used. If the fracture is felt to be potentially unstable a cast may be more likley selected if it is felt that the full time presence of that cast vs. The tendency to remove a splint make a difference. The issue with spiral fractures is to check rotation by genty making a fist to make sure the finger is not rotated and needing of a reduction or surgery (internal fixation). ...Read more

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I had fracture metacarpal bone on the dorsal side, on the palmar no fracture. Now I re-break the bone on the same place after heeling 4months. I boxer?

I had fracture metacarpal bone on the dorsal side, on the palmar no fracture. Now I re-break the bone on the same place after heeling 4months. I boxer?

Fracture: Whether the fracture is on the palmar or dorsal side it is still a fracture. The fact that you re fractured the same bone is not good. Make sure you see ortho to have fracture properly treated. May need to change training/fighting regimen to prevent recurrance. Good luck. ...Read more

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If the metal plate is removed from the 5th metacarpal bone (after complete healing). .. Are there any high chances of re-fracture and nerve damage?

If the metal plate is removed from the 5th metacarpal bone (after complete healing). .. Are there any high chances of re-fracture and nerve damage?

No: Once healing is completed, your risk of fracture should return to normal. If all of the hardware is removed and there are no follow up surgeries planned, you should be at no risk for further nerve damage. I hope this helps! ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more