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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?

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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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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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 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 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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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 ?

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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Metacarpal spiral fracture -- cast or splint?

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 got ahairline fracture in my 5th metacarpal, splint is enough in this type or i would prefer cast?

I got ahairline fracture in my 5th metacarpal, splint is enough in this type or i would prefer cast?

Ulnar gutter splint: Splint for 3-4 weeks okay if it immobilizes the joint above and below the fracture site. Your pcp or hand surgeon can ensure that you do not need manipulation and then will customize an ulnar gutter splint for you. ...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

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


Dr. Raj Singh
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Cast (Definition)

Children's bones will usually heal and remodel themselves, if they are kept in the correct position. Immobilization casts are one effective way to do this, while also protecting ...Read more