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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
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 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
Is it true that you get a much stronger bone after completely recovering from Boxer's Fracture (5th Metacarpal Fracture) ?
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
After placing the metal plate on 5th metacarpal bone, How many months will it take to recover Boxer's Fracture (5th metacarpal) completely in order to go for metal plate removal (second surgery). ?
I punched a wall a week ago. The doctor said i did not fracture my metacarpal. I'm still having a lot of pain and the extensor tendon curves sideways. What should I do?
I fracture my metacarpal, index finger i went to the doctor they took X-ray they told me that they gave me medicine and told me I have to go with a specialist they put cast on one side and i was wondering do I have to go or could it heled itself?
While : While fractures of the small finger metacarpal are quite common and only rarely cause problems, this does not apply to the index finger. We divide the hand into 2 segments--a mobile unit with the ring and small finger and a "fixed" unit with the index and middle fingers. There is less "play" in the joints to the index and middle fingers and therefore they tolerate less deformity. It also takes a lot more energy to break the index finger metacarpal than the other ones. That said, you have a risk of healing in a shortened or rotated position that can affect grip strength or cause the fingers to overlap. A good hand surgeon will evaluate the clinical as well as radiographic deformity. That is--some deformity will not show up on the x-rays and may only show up by moving and examining the hand. You should definitely see a specialist for this particular injury. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Metacarpal fractures: If non displaced or non angulated (bent) or not shortened don't typically need surgery. Surgery can be offered for excessive angualation, abnormal rotation that shows up a truly overlapped fingers or significant shortening that could change tendon mechanics . Open fractures also need to be washed out, especially grossly contaminated wounds with fractures. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I fractured my third metacarpal 8 weeks ago, however xrays not showing progress in healing. Is this normal?
See Hand surgeon: Hand fracture assessment and management is best done by a hand surgeon as s/he will be able to give you all the options and choose the best option for you. In general an isolated 3rd metacarpal fracture tends to displace the least and is the easiest to manage with a splint or cast as the adjacent intact bones support it. Other options include kwires, screws, plates etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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