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3rd Metacarpal Fracture
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
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
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
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 8 weeks ago, however xrays not showing progress in healing. Is this normal?
I have a metacarpal fracture of the thumb. I currently have two pins. How soon can the pins be removed? Dr. said he might remove on 3rd week. Too soon?
I don't think: It is too soon. Follow your doctor's advice. ...Read more
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?
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
I fractured my fifth metacarpal and was given a cast for 3 weeks. I was wondering how long it would take after the cast is off to return to sports.
Varies: Usually healing is 4-6 weeks. Allow about 2 weeks to get full range of motion and strength. Then you can play again ...Read more
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
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
? 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
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
My daughter is a gymnast and fractured her 4th metacarpal 4 1 2 weeks ago she was placed in a cast for 4 weeks and removed from it and now is in a splint because it did not heal told to return in 4 weeks but we are wonderingif she should be checked in 2 w
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 no problem. ...Read more
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
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
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
Hi, I think I may have fractured my 5th metacarpal bone in my hand. Need help! Not sure if it is or not?
I got a hairline fracture in my 2nd metacarpal 2 days ago, but I have badminton tournament 10 days. What can I do?
I m suffering from base of 2nd metacarpal fracture since8 weeks. I am a athletic and I was do push ups and pull ups. When I will heal. Heal time?
Talk with your: Orthopedic doctor and follow his advise in order to get it to heal properly. ...Read more
I am suffered 2nd metacarpal fracture since weeks. I am a athletic. I do exercise push up pull up. When I will heal time and do practice. Plz tell me?
Follow: Your hand surgeons instruction. Avoid premature push up to allow healing. Usually will take about 12 weeks ...Read more
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
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
Is it true that you get a much stronger bone after completely recovering from Boxer's Fracture (5th Metacarpal Fracture)?
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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?
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
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