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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

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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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?

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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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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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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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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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).?

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).?

6-8 weeks: Most likely it take 6-8 weeks for the bone to heal.
they might want to wait for at least three month before to decide to have it removed.

check with the surgeon that put it there.

they will let you know what they preferred. ...Read more

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Boxers fracture about 3 weeks ago and was put in a splint I can take off. My finger has no motion. Will it always be like that?

Boxers fracture about 3 weeks ago and was put in a splint I can take off. My finger has no motion. Will it always be like that?

Therapy will help: Immobilization with a splint is required for fracture healing, but once adequate healing occurs (minimal tenderness at fracture site is often best indicator of healing), motion to regain full function is necessary. Occupational therapy may be indicated if early progress is not noted. Speak with your treating orthopaedic surgeon to discuss your concerns. ...Read more

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Had boxers fracture in splint for 14 days. Can I take off splint and buddy splint and wrap my metacarpal bones 2-5 in self adherent wrap?

Had boxers fracture in splint for 14 days. Can I take off splint and buddy splint and wrap my metacarpal bones 2-5 in self adherent wrap?

Depends on healing: I do allow buddy taping of the 5th and 4th fingers for a 5th metacarpal fracture once the fracture has stabilized. Fracture stability is indicated by lack of new displacement and angulation plus the presence of new bone on the x-rays, indicating healing. ...Read more

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How do I treat a boxer’s fracture?

How do I treat a boxer’s fracture?

Splint: See your orthopedist and he will see if it needs manipulation/surgery or just splinting for 2-3 weeks. ...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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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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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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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 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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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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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

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