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How long does a broken 4th metacarpal generally take to heal?

How long does a broken 4th metacarpal generally take to heal?

Depends on the break: It depends on the location of the fracture and how much comminution there is. Hand fractures are a little different from other fractures, as non-healing is much less of a problem than stiffness. X-rays typically lag behind what is really going on, so once the fracture is non-painful when tapped upon, it is healed (usually 2 weeks in children and 3-4 weeks in adults.) avoid stiffness! ...Read more

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I broke 5th metacarpal. How long will it take to heal?

I broke 5th metacarpal. How long will it take to heal?

4 - 8 weeks: Depending on your age. You may have stiffness and some pain for several months. Occasionally people need therapy to improve stiffness after a hand fracture. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long will broken metacarpals take to heal?

Can you tell me how long will broken metacarpals take to heal?

4 weeks: Typically 4 weeks of immobilization for metacarpal fracture if closed injury that can be reduced. Open fractures and fractures requiring open reduction or internal fixation can take longer. End result relative to resolution of swelling, pain, and range of motion will take 4 to 8 months. ...Read more

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How long does it take to heal broken metacarpal bones?

How long does it take to heal broken metacarpal bones?

6-8 weeks: Simple fracture of the metacarpal bone takes about 6-8 weeks to heel. That assuming the bone is not out place, our have any complication factors. ...Read more

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How long will a metacarpal fracture take to heal?

4-6 weeks usually: Thes bones if in proper alignment and with proper splinting and care, will usually heal in 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take a metacarpal fracture to heal?

How long does it usually take a metacarpal fracture to heal?

6-8 weeks: Generally speaking, most fractures heal within 6-8 weeks but limited and protected range of motion may be perfmitted under the supervision of a therapist. ...Read more

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I fractured my third metacarpal. How long does a metacarpel fracture take to heal?

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

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How long does it take for a hairline fracture at the base of the 5th metacarpal to heal and what is the treatment?

How long does it take for a hairline fracture at the base of the 5th metacarpal to heal and what is the treatment?

Usually 4-6 weeks: Assuming that the fracture is in good alignment and there is little displacement, it can be treated in a splint or cast. It should be pain free within 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does it take to heal and recover completely after the metal plate is removed from 5th metacarpal bone? After I recover I want to do is: 1. Karate 2. Knuckle Push Ups 3. Hand Grip Exercises

How long does it take to heal and recover completely after the metal plate is removed from 5th metacarpal bone? After I recover I want to do is: 1. Karate 2. Knuckle Push Ups 3. Hand Grip Exercises

It varies.: You can start "hand grip exercises" as soon as ordinary activities are comfortable. Ideally these should be part of a general physical therapy recovery program Knuckle push ups and karate can subject your hand to extreme (and, in the case of karate, unpredictable) forces. You must get clearance from your ortho doc or physical therapist before resuming these activities ...Read more

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How long does it take a small hairline fracture take to heal in metacarpal area of hand in an active 25 yr old?

6 weeks: It generally takes about 6 weeks for a metacarpal hairline fracture to heal when casted. ...Read more

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I have a broken 4th metacarpal. How long till I can go back to typing at work?

I have a broken 4th metacarpal. How long till I can go back to typing at work?

Varies: It varies somewhat based on the location of the fracture. Fractures at the proximal 4th metacarpal can be treated with a short arm cast with fingers free and you could potentially continue typing immediately. Fractures more distal Often come out over the fingers and it would be difficult to type until cast removed which would usually be 4-6 weeks ...Read more

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How well does a break at the base of the 5th metacarpal heal? How long?

5th metacarpal hea: It will heal about 4 to 6 week. Because area is wait bearing so complication chances are comparatively high ...Read more

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After breaking my 5th metacarpal, there's a lump (im guessing its just a build up of bone used to heal it) how long for this lump to go?

After breaking my 5th metacarpal, there's a lump (im guessing its just a build up of bone used to heal it) how long for this lump to go?

A few months: A callus normally forms at the site of a bone fracture and it normally takes a number of months for it to return to normal through remodeling. ...Read more

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I had a surgery I'm my fifth metacarpal I need to know when the stiffness & inflammation will be gone I mean how long does it take?

I had a surgery I'm my fifth metacarpal I need to know when the stiffness & inflammation will be gone I mean how long does it take?

Swelling hand op: First ALWAYS best to ask for surgeon. Generally it take 3 to 6 months for full recover. PT exercises will help speed this up. Again these are issues your hand surgeon needs to address.. ...Read more

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Small area of pinky finger skin is having numbness near the incision area of the 5th metacarpal. How many months will it take to heal numbness 100%?

Small area of pinky finger skin is having numbness near the incision area of the 5th metacarpal. How many months will it take to heal numbness 100%?

Hard to say: It varies somewhat based upon the cause. It could be a retraction injury to the nerve during surgery, it might be encased in scar, it may have even been transected. I would discuss directly with your surgeon. ...Read more

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I have a mildly displaced 4th metacarpal that was discovered 3 weeks after the incidence. The doctor say I can let it heal as it is or have surgery for cosmetic reason. Should I have the surgery?

I have a mildly displaced 4th metacarpal that was discovered 3 weeks after the incidence. The doctor say I can let it heal as it is or have surgery for cosmetic reason. Should I have the surgery?

Probably wait: At three weeks, it is probably healed for all intents and purposes. Central metacarpal shaft fractures may not need surgery unless there is rotation, angulation, or shortening...These are best assessed when making a fist and seeing whether the fingers cross. If there is deformity, the bone will have to be broken again to fix it, so i'd wait.

Good luck. ...Read more

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Broke 4th metacarpal 5 days ago. Doc scheduled me to see orthopedic in 3 weeks. Is that too long to wait to get it fixed, will they have to rebreak?

Broke 4th metacarpal 5 days ago. Doc scheduled me to see orthopedic in 3 weeks. Is that too long to wait to get it fixed, will they have to rebreak?

Depends on break: If it is non-displaced and just sending you to ortho to make sure it is healing right, then this time is correct. If it is displaced and your doc is considering surgery, then it is too long. Just double check with your physician what the plan is. ...Read more

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I broke my 4th metacarpal bone in my right hand. How long till I can start lifting weights again?

I broke my 4th metacarpal bone in my right hand. How long till I can start lifting weights again?

Until it heals: The answer is not meant to be funny, but it is true. Typically the bone heals in 4 - 6 weeks, but it also depends on the type of fracture and how stable it is. I would check with your physician before starting any lifting program. Going back too soon can cause the bone to break again. ...Read more

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Fracture in the base of lower metacarpal on right hand. How is this treated and how long would it take to recover?

Splint, 6 weeks: Fractures of the metacarpal are common, but usually not serious. Typically a plaster, fiberglass, or plastic splint are used to rest the injured area. Fractures take around 6 weeks to heal. However, since we use our hands so much, it is difficult to rest them completely, and they seem to bother us much longer than injuires in other areas. ...Read more

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I have a broken 4th metacarpal. Is there any risks in using an ulnar gutter splint over a plaster cast so I can still use my other fingers?

I have a broken 4th metacarpal. Is there any risks in using an ulnar gutter splint over a plaster cast so I can still use my other fingers?

Not if it maintains-: The reduction if done or if no displacement. Also as long as Ur ortho watches it closely the first couple-3 wks. Also if alignment is good with no rotation at all & is a stable Fx. Also it on U not 2 abuse Ur hand & splint, treat it with care. The image shows unstable Fx' that need pins or pins & screws/plates ...Read more

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What to do if I broke my 4th metacarpal 4 days ago?

What to do if I broke my 4th metacarpal 4 days ago?

Get to a doctor: Or ER. Stabilization is key for fractures as it will help with pain and prevent any further damage. The arm can be stabilized by a splint or Cast initially. An X-ray can confirm if there is a fracture and permanent treatment can be either casting, splinting or surgery depending on the fracture. ...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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What is the fastest way to heal a second metacarpal fracture?

Cast or surgery: If the fracture can be aligned well in a cast, you should be out of the cast in 3-4 weeks. If it can not be aligned you will need surgery. It talks 6 weeks for full healing either way. If you have surgery you might not need a cast. ...Read more

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Could the transversal fracture of the 4th metacarpal in the hand need surgery?

Could the transversal fracture of the 4th metacarpal in the hand need surgery?

Yes: Transverse fractures are often unstable and require surgery to avoid displacement. Especially if there is loss of metacarpal height. seek care with a hand surgeon ...Read more

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I broke my 4th metacarpal a year ago and it has fused in a malunion with the 5th metacarpel. What to do?

I broke my 4th metacarpal a year ago and it has fused in a malunion with the 5th metacarpel. What to do?

Hand Specialist: It would be best to see a hand surgeon. This is an orthopedic surgeon who has received extra training to work on hands. ...Read more

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Broke 4th metacarpal and cut off my cast. Will I be crippled?

Broke 4th metacarpal and cut off my cast. Will I be crippled?

No, but...: If you don't let a fracture heal properly you run the risk of decreased function in your hand and residual pain. Let your doc know you cut it off - maybe they can work with you to find something better or make it more comfortable! ...Read more

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I broke my 3rd and 4th metacarpal and still have pain in my hand, what to do?

I broke my 3rd and 4th metacarpal and still have pain in my hand, what to do?

How old?: Even if the fractures were reduced and set properly you should anticipate 4 months of reactive swelling, and intermittent pain for up to 8-12 months. Therapy may be very helpful to obtain maximal range of motion and pain relief. ...Read more

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What to do if I broke my 3rd and 4th metacarpal and still have pain in my hand?

What to do if I broke my 3rd and 4th metacarpal and still have pain in my hand?

Depends: This depends on what type of fracture and how long ago the fracture had occurred. Also if you have already had treatment and are still in pain> If you have had treatment and still in pain have you had formal hand therapy.

More information would be useful to help guide proper treatment options. ...Read more

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My son had 3rd n 4th metacarpals fixed a month ago. It is still swollen. How to reduce the swelling?

My son had 3rd n 4th metacarpals fixed a month ago. It is still swollen. How to reduce the swelling?

Swelling: Can continue to some extent even months later. Stiffness adds to swelling and seeking can cause stiffness too Motion helps as the hand drains better when helped by making a fist. Ice even now. And. Gentle elevation. At times a compression wrap or glove but too much wrapping can increase stiffness. A hand therapist can help with much of this too ...Read more

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I fractured my 4th metacarpal a few days ago in basketball game. Is surgery necessary?

I fractured my 4th metacarpal a few days ago in basketball game. Is surgery necessary?

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

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I have broken 2nd and 3rd metacarpal. How long is the recovery after treatment with plates and screws?

Depends: We really have to see the x-ray to see if it is a stable fixation to begin early movement which will return you to normal activities sooner. Ballpark woud be 6-12 wks. ...Read more

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Can playing guitar be considered therapeutic in recovering from a mildly displaced 4th metacarpal without surgery?

Depends on age of Fx: If its less than 3 weeks, then its best you don't; as I think you might cause it to get displaced. After 5 week yes it'll help, as by then the fx has healed. Between 3-5 maybe, depending upon the fx type, degree of displacement on xrays, etc. Your treating doc would be in a better position to gauge your treatment. ...Read more