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Doctor insights on: Metacarpal Joint

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Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more


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I had a fifth metacarpal joint fructure & had a surgery using the k wire I need to know if there is any physiotherapy that can be done & also if can I be able to box again or no cause I hear to different opinion from my doctors , the one who made the surg

I had a fifth metacarpal joint fructure & had a surgery using the k wire I need to know if there is any physiotherapy that can be done & also if can I be able to box again or no cause I hear to different opinion from my doctors , the one who made the surg

Depends: Would need to check with your surgeon. That being said, if you had a typical boxers(5th metacarpal neck) fracture and if it went on to heal in good position, there is not any reason to think you could not return to boxing, particularly if you had done it quite awhile before the fracture without problems. ...Read more

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I have a fracture in the fifth metacarpal joint & I had surgery with the k wires my question is can I be able to do heavy weight lifting & boxing?

I have a fracture in the fifth metacarpal joint & I had surgery with the k wires my question is can I be able to do heavy weight lifting  & boxing?

Best to wait: You are describing what is known as a Boxer's Fracture (a fracture of the 4th and/or 5th metacarpal bone). You need to wait until this is completely healed before you stress it again. In the end, I would talk to the hand surgeon before I did anything that may aggravate the bone's health. ...Read more

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Is 4 mm anterior bone spur at base of first metacarpal/herbal joint of Thumb a large spur?

Is 4 mm anterior bone spur at base of first metacarpal/herbal joint of Thumb a large spur?

Thumb bone spurs: Any joint can get bone spurs. Bone spurs or osteophytes are a common feature of arthritic change in a joint. The common findings of arthritis on an X-ray are are joint space narrowing, sclerosis ( or whiter bone on X-ray), bone spurs, bone cysts . Clinically or in real life this may be seen as clicking, swelling, pain , tightness, beginning with end range of motion symptoms. ...Read more

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Do metacarpal pins begin to show signs of coming out before the doctor actually removes them? I have pins in my fourth and fifth metacarpals because i seperated them from the joints and one has began to come out a little

Do metacarpal pins begin to show signs of coming out before the doctor actually removes them? I have pins in my fourth and fifth metacarpals because i seperated them from the joints and one has began to come out a little

I'll : I'll leave this question for a hand surgeon to answer, but i'll give my own 2 cents as a podiatrist: pins that protrude from the skin that are used to fixate bone (kirschner or k-wires) commonly get looser and looser the longer they're in. Part of the healing process of bone, in response to the wire placed inside the bone, is to surround the bone with specialized cells that try to wall it off, and thus, it becomes looser. It's the body's natural defense mechanism against the (deliberate) invasion of a foreign object. Since bone takes 6-8 weeks to mend without the need for some sort of fixation, we try to keep the wires in for that period of time. But as time goes on, the law of diminishing returns takes over, and they become loose, less effective, and can even become infected. So the idea is to leave them in long enough to do their job, but not too long as to become infected or so loose that they're not doing their job. Either way, it's not a cause for alarm. I recommend you call your surgeon and inform him that they're loose, though. ...Read more

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Jammed thumb some pain stiffness and swelling at joint between first metacarpal and bottom of thumb?

Jammed thumb some pain stiffness and swelling at joint between first metacarpal and bottom of thumb?

See below: Would recommend that an x-ray be done to rule out a fracture that might require more specific care than the riice mnemonic (rest, ice, ibuprofen, compression and elevation). ...Read more

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What is loose jointed? Is it hereditary?

What is loose jointed?  Is it hereditary?

Ehlers-Danlos Syndro: Ehlers-danlos syndrome with l-loose joints is due an inherited disorder related to an abnormal gene from either mother or father. The disorder result in loose joints, elastic skin, easy bruising, and even heart valve problems, depending on which area the tissues are affected. The diagnosis is made by clinical examination. Skin biopsy and gene studies are also used. ...Read more