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How long will a metacarpal fracture take to heal?

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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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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 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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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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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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5th metacarpal fracture, how long can I wait to get surgery?

5th metacarpal fracture, how long can I wait to get surgery?

? Boxers' fracture: The commonest fracture of the 5th metacarpal is that of it's neck and is also known as the boxers' fracture. It can be easily handled as an office procedure by your hand surgeon. Other fractures may need surgical repair by placing plates and screws. Average healing time is usually 6-8 weeks but for a lot of hand fractures the splint/cast is only half that time and then rehabilitation is started. ...Read more

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What is the fastest way to heal a second metacarpal fracture?

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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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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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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Do u need surgery if one of your metacarpals doesn't heal from a hairline fracture or sprain after 1 1/2 months if it still is not getting better?

Do u need surgery if one of your metacarpals doesn't heal from a hairline fracture or sprain after 1 1/2 months if it still is not getting better?

Surgery not likely: Pain due to trauma may be due to fracture, sprains, arthritis, muscle, nerve or tendon injuries. Have it valuated so that you may get her the appropriate care. ...Read more

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I have a long oblong fracture in the shaft & neck of 5th metacarpal (its split diagonally & slightly shortened). My doc says nonsurgical treatment?

Fracture care: Oblique, non-displaced fractures of long bones can be treated conservatively and heal wonderfully. You will have it re-evaluated clinically and with radiographs on your follow up visit to determine the rate of healing and to ensure there has been no rotation of the fragment. Get well soon! ...Read more

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Help heal metacarpal fracture to left middle finger knuckle. Xray says small fracture and dr says nothing to do. Just wait. 1 month still really hurts?

Help heal metacarpal fracture to left middle finger knuckle. Xray says small fracture and dr says nothing to do. Just wait. 1 month still really hurts?

See a physician: You may want to get another opinion. At your age i would expect the fracture pain to improve significantly after 2 - 3 weeks. Therefore, there may be something else going on, or the fracture may be more severe than thought, or it may not be healing. Sometimes, if range of motion (therapy) is not instituted in a timely fashion, pain can also result from that. ...Read more

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I fractured my metacarpal at the 2nd digit. What kind of surgery can fix this?

I fractured my metacarpal at the 2nd digit. What kind of surgery can fix this?

3: Open surgery w plates and screws or stainless pins (k wires) thru skin or manipulate and splint. ...Read more

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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