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I broke my 5th metacarpal. What can I do?

I broke my 5th metacarpal. What can I do?

See a hand surgeon: A 5th metacarpal fracture is a relatively common fracture. Certain features of the fracture may dictate whether something needs to be done or not. At a bare minimum, it should be splinted to allow it to heal. If it is angulated or causes some shortening of the bone, you may need surgery to stabilize the bone while it heals. See a hand surgeon to get it evaluated.

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Where in your body are the metacarpals found?

Hand: the metacsrpals are the bones that support The Palm

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How can I tell if I have damaged my 5th metacarpal?

How can I tell if I have damaged my 5th metacarpal?

A fracture typically: will show in an xray although a nonidsplaced fracture can be hidden if at an angle away from the xray. Cartilage issue and joint injury will not show on xray, MRI will show these but the most important along with imaging studeis is a good clinical exam . Symptoms, exam findings and imaging together help a treatment plan to be formulated

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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.

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How to know if I have broken my 5th metacarpal base?

How to know if I have broken my 5th metacarpal base?

Via med eval.: It usually requires x-rays (plus medical hx ; physical exam) to correctly diagnose a fracture.

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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.

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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!

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What is the typical recovery time for a broken 5th metacarpal?

4 weeks: Bones in the hand heal generally in about 4-6 weeks even thogh this is a fibrous union. Fractures in the hand will remian visible on xrays for a much longer time.

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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.

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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

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Would I need to have pins or plates in 5th metacarpal that rotated 40 degrees and 3 manipulations didn't work?

Would I need to have pins or plates in 5th metacarpal that rotated 40 degrees and 3 manipulations didn't work?

Metacarpal rotation: can affect the way the fingers overlap in the flex position. Any discussion of surgery should be framed in terms of the potential benefits versus the risks and potential complications. This is a very direct clinically driven question that needs to be discussed with your surgeon. However rotation is One important primary driver of the need for surgical treatment

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I had a k-wire put through the center of my 5th metacarpal. It's due to be taken out in 6 weeks but is it ok if i go surfing after 4 weeks or so?

Ask your doctor: If the k wire exits the skin, then there is by definition a track to the deeper part of the bone. Surfing may expose the bone to bacteria and lead to worse problems. I would ask your doctor if its ok to surf, but i would say "no!".

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What operation do you need to fix malunion of the metacarpals?

What operation do you need to fix malunion of the metacarpals?

Hand surgeon: Okay to see your local hand surgeon about this one. Depending on the history of the hand malunion, you might need an operation or some other therapy. Good luck.

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What leads to metacarpal bossing?

What leads to metacarpal bossing?

Inflamation: Usually occurs at the insertion of either the extensor carpi radials brevis or longus tendons. It is an irritation of the periosteum at the tendons insertion resulting in hypertrophic bone formation.

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I broke my fifth metacarpal. What is that?

I broke my fifth metacarpal. What is that?

That is : The long bone between your wrist and your fifth finger.

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I have a broken 5th metacarpal surgery, what to do?

I have a broken 5th metacarpal surgery, what to do?

Follow your: Surgeon's recommendations to the "t". Notify the surgeon for any signs of infection. Heal well.

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I broke my third metacarpal. What is the expected recovery time?

6/8 weeks: Gennerally speaking, with normal healing under typical circumstances, return to light duty activities is commonly permitted by 6-8 weeks.

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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

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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.