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What are the signs that a fractured metacarpal needs reduction?

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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Dr. Warren 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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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 thats what the casts are formetacarpalfrx can fail to heal or healcrooked working out wont help avoid these problems. ...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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Can you still lift weights with a fractured 1st metacarpal?

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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When can you return to work with a fractured 5th metacarpal?

Depends: The answer depends on what you do andhow the fracture is treated. It usually takes 4-8 weeks for a fracture to heal so if you use your hand at work especially to lift or other heavy use of your hand you may be out of work for a while. ...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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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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Is it reasonable to leave fractured 5th metacarpals at joint with phalanges untreated. Happened 15 Nov. Doc failed nonsurgical procedure with splint.

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