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Can I still box after my fractured hand (boxers fracture) has healed by itself? I have a small lump on the right side of my right hand

Can I still box after my fractured hand (boxers fracture) has healed by itself? I have a small lump on the right side of my right hand

Yes: Wrap it well to protect further damage The bump will decrease with time be careful how you hand the punch to avoid the fracture ...Read more

Dr. Patricia Foster
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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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How long does it take to partially heal a boxer's fracture?

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

Partially heal?: I'm not sure what you are asking. A fracture can take 4 - 8 weeks to heal depending on your age and health status. ...Read more

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Boxer's fracture or brawlers fracture, what's the difference?

Same: "boxers" fracture and "brawlers" are the same: 5th metacarpal neck fractures often sustained in a clenched fist injury. Real boxers more commonly injure the 2nd metacarpal (index finger vs. Pinkie)neck when boxing.... 5th metacarpal neck fractures are extremely common and the majority can be treated w/ closed reduction and splinting ...Read more

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

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

6-10 weeks: Most fractures heal in 6-10 weeks. This can be considerably longer for smokers, diabetics and for comminuted fractures or fractures with soft tissue injuries. ...Read more

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I have a boxers fracture. What should I do?

I have a boxers fracture. What should I do?

Boxers fracture: Refers to a fracture at the knuckle end of the fifth finger, i.E metacarpal. This is typically sustained after a blunt trauma as in punching/boxing (albeit with poor form), ergo the name. Treatment consists of x-rays and an attempt at manipulating the fracture into place and holding it that way. Occasionally it is too angled or won't hold and a temporary pin is placed. Otherwise, a splint will do. ...Read more

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Can a boxers fracture heal by itself?

Can a boxers fracture heal by itself?

Almost always: As long as the fracture is well aligned and not poking out the skin, it usually will do well. ...Read more

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What does a boxers fracture do to you?

Causes pain...: "boxer's" fracture (5th metacarpal neck fxs.)are extremely common. They obviously cause pain and usually deformity. Treatment is generally closed reduction/splinting or casting. If, after reduction, angulation is still> 30degrees or malrotation is present. Percutaneous pinning is tx. (this is unusual).'real' boxers fracture the 2nd metacarpal neck more often than "sat night" sluggers! Gl! ...Read more

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What do you think I should do with boxers fracture?

Immobilize: You should see your md and get a referral to an orthopedist. Some 'boxer's' fractures require reduction of the fracture, followed by 4-6 wks of splinting (ulnar gutter) or casting. Untreated 5th metacarpal neck fractures can lead to malangulation/ malrotation deformities of the pinkie finger (uncommon) and loss of the 'knuckle' prominence (more common). Best of luck! ...Read more

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Do I need to have surgery to fix a boxer's fracture?

Do I need to have surgery to fix a boxer's fracture?

Probably not: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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What happens if you have a boxers fracture and you use it in a fight?

What happens if you have a boxers fracture and you use it in a fight?

Boxers fracture: A true boxers fracture refers to an index finger knuckle region fracture. Commonly a fracture of the little finges is also called a boxers fracture. It should be referred to as a street fighters fracture owing to the poor technique of punching. In either case an unhealed fracture should be protected. Further injury may damage the bone and affect hand function leading to the need for surgery. ...Read more

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What's boxer's fracture treatment?

What's boxer's fracture treatment?

Splint and follow up: Most of these fracture are treated by means of reduction and application of splint, few will require surgery. ...Read more

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Can you tell me anything about boxers fractures?

Yes: It is a fracture at the distal aspect of the fifth metacarpal. As the name implies, it usually is caused by an axial load to the fifth metacarpal in an action that occurs when a fist strikes a hard object. ...Read more

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What is the treatment plan for a boxer's fracture?

What is the treatment plan for a boxer's fracture?

Usually a cast: A boxer's fracture is a fracture of the fifth metacarpal neck. When these fractures are significantly displaced >40-50•, they need treatment. A closed reduction in the office followed by casting for3-6 weeks is adequate treatment. When the alignment can't be improved or the bone is unstable, we will pin the fracture. See a board certified orthopaedic hand specialist. ...Read more

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Can you still make a fist after a boxer's fracture?

Sure: Immediately after, it simply hurts to make a fist. After the fracture heals, the patient needs to work on flexibility to regain full motion. In some cases the bone heals with the some flexion. In those cases it looks like one knuckle is missing or not as proud as the others. Ultimately, you can still make a fist because your small finger is naturally very flexible. ...Read more

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Please inform me on post-op recovery for boxers fracture?

Please inform me on post-op recovery for boxers fracture?

Like any other: Fracture, it take about8 weeks to heal, will be in cast or brace for that period of time usually they healed fine. ...Read more

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I got boxer fracture for the 2nd time. What can I do to prevent another fracture?

I got boxer fracture for the 2nd time. What can I do to prevent another fracture?

Bad Punch Technique?: Assuming osteoporosis is not a factor, most boxer's fractures come from poor fist fighting technique. With a boxing glove, the most effective punch is the roundhouse, hooking type that get ist power from centrifugal force. That same punch thrown without a padded glove results in the angled fracture of the outer hand bones behind the knuckles of the 4/5th finger.

Use a linear straight punch! ...Read more

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Can I leave a 3 weeks old Boxer's Fracture angulated 45°-50° to heal on its own? Would functionality to grip & write decrease? Stiffness to disappear?

Consider surgery: That amount of angulation can potentially cause extensor lag and problems with hand function. You may want to consider surgery or at least an attempt at a closed reduction to get it into better position. ...Read more

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Can you get a boxers fracture in your foot?

No: A boxer's fracture is a fracture of the small finger metacarpal (which commonly occurs after someone punches someone or something). There is no boxer's fracture of the foot. ...Read more

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Can you get a boxers fracture on your foot?

No: By definition this is a fracture of a metacarpal, a bone in the hand. However a very similar fracture can occur to the comparable metatarsal bone in the foot. Its just not called a "boxer's" fracture by name in the foot. ...Read more

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Will my hand be okay if I had a boxers fracture and I didn't get it treated?

Maybe.: Many boxer's fractures (fractures of the small finger metacarpal neck) can be treated non-surgically. However, a period of immobilization in a splint or cast is usually necessary to allow for appropriate bone healing. For best results, consider operative intervention or immobilization. Once the fracture begins to heal, therapy exercises can be helpful to maximize hand use and strength. ...Read more

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Do you think I'll need to get expensive treatment for a boxers fracture?

Maybe: A boxer's fracture sometimes requires surgery if the pieces of bone need to be realigned. If the fracture is mild a cast may be all that is needed. ...Read more

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I got hit in the head on accident (instead of the face).called a boxers fracture, what to do?

Boxer's Fracture: Involves the 4th or 5th metacarpal (hand) bones -not the head. ...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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How do I know if I have a boxer's fracture or just heavy bruising?

X-ray: The most reliable way of diagnosing amy fracture is a plain old x-ray. Usually the medical clinics have x-ray and offer it at an affordable rate or can bill insurance. ...Read more

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I'm having boxers fracture on my knuckle, can I do physical exercises while it heals?

Yes: But you will need to avoid anything putting pressure on the knuckle until after it has completely healed (6 or more weeks depending on the type of fracture) ...Read more

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Recently got a Boxer's fracture on my pinky like 10 weeks ago but my pinky knuckles still popping out.

Sounds like: You have either non-union of fracture or dislocation at the MCP joint. Get back to your doctor, especially if it in your dominant hand. ...Read more

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I got a boxers fracture 2 days ago, my cast is uncomfortable. What would happen if I don't leave it on?

Fx. Could displace: If you remove your cast or splint after sustaining a 5 th metacarpal neck fx. (boxers' fx.) you increase the chances of the fracture (re)- displacing (coming out of place).Most of these fractures are treated non operatively w/ closed reduction (jahss' maneuver) and splint/ cast. Follow your doctors' instructions. If the cast or splint is 'too tight' or causing inc. Pain, contact his office/ er. ...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


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