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Metacarpal Will Able Write
Yes: You should be able to write again provided you get this treated appropriately.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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 formulatedSee 2 more doctor answers
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.
Via med eval.: It usually requires x-rays (plus medical hx ; physical exam) to correctly diagnose a fracture.
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!See 2 more doctor answers
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.
5th metacarpal hea: It will heal about 4 to 6 week .because area is wait bearing so complication chances are comparatively high
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
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!".
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.
Follow your: Surgeon's recommendations to the "t". Notify the surgeon for any signs of infection. Heal well.
6/8 weeks: Gennerally speaking, with normal healing under typical circumstances, return to light duty activities is commonly permitted by 6-8 weeks.See 1 more doctor answer
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 weeksSee 1 more doctor answer
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.