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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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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...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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I would like to ask Dr.Peter Ihle that after metal plate is removed from 5th metacarpal bone, How long do I need to wait before I can start writing ?

I would like to ask Dr.Peter Ihle that after metal plate is removed from 5th metacarpal bone, How long do I need to wait before I can start writing ?

You can start : writing as soon as you feel comfortable. After removal of a plate it is really just a matter of wound healing. Outside of that you may have to hold off on moderate heavy activity until the screw holes fill in. About 8 weeks. ...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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I have a "severe bone bruise" of the metacarpals and was placed in a cast they dr said they would call back for follow-up how long will wear this cast?

I have a "severe bone bruise" of the metacarpals and was placed in a cast they dr said they would call back for follow-up how long will wear this cast?

If the bone: is not broken, generally the will leave the splint or cast on for 1-2 weeks. If there is a fracture, usually the cast stays on for 4-6 weeks. At your next doctor visit, they will probably take another Xray to make sure there was not a small fracture that didn't show up on the first Xray. Hope this helps! ...Read more