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What should I do about a spiral fracture of the metacarpal bone?

What should I do about a spiral fracture of the metacarpal bone?

Meta Carpal Fracture: Spiral fractures are due to twisting injury to this bone. It typically heals in 3 weeks. It needs surgical fixation sometimes if it is displaced or angulated. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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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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Is my 5th metacarpal bone fractured is it only really hurt when I leave on it or when I away my arm?

Is my 5th metacarpal bone fractured is it only really hurt when I leave on it or when I away my arm?

5th MCP: Your 5th metacarpal often gets injured or fractured if your strike something with that part of your hand. If it appears deformed or crooked or if it fails to line up with your other fingers, it may be fractured and you should have an XR. All the best and I hope it feels better. ...Read more

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Hi, I think I may have fractured my 5th metacarpal bone in my hand. Need help! Not sure if it is or not?

Hi, I think I may have fractured my 5th metacarpal bone in my hand. Need help! Not sure if it is or not?

Get x ray: Its important you find out since metacarpal bones need to heal correctly. I advise you see your Primary Care Provider or go to an URGENT care clinic for an xray and possible casting/splinting!! ...Read more

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I had fracture metacarpal bone on the dorsal side, on the palmar no fracture.Now I re-break the bone on the same place after heeling 4months.I boxer?

I had fracture metacarpal bone on the dorsal side, on the palmar no fracture.Now I re-break the bone   on the same place after heeling 4months.I boxer?

Fracture: Whether the fracture is on the palmar or dorsal side it is still a fracture. The fact that you re fractured the same bone is not good. Make sure you see ortho to have fracture properly treated. May need to change training/fighting regimen to prevent recurrance. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it safe to remove the metal plate from 5th metacarpal bone once the fracture is completely healed ?. I don't want to keep the metal plate for rest of my life and I am 25.

You can: you can but it does required surgery, and healing time. does it bother you, is it visible, or simply you do not want it there. your surgeon that put it there, can remove it as well. ...Read more

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After placing the metal plate on 5th metacarpal bone, How many months will it take to recover Boxer's Fracture (5th metacarpal) completely in order to go for metal plate removal (second surgery). ?

After placing the metal plate on 5th metacarpal bone, How many months will it take to recover Boxer's Fracture (5th metacarpal) completely in order to go for metal plate removal (second surgery). ?

6-8 weeks: most likely it take 6-8 weeks for the bone to heal. they might want to wait for at least three month before to decide to have it removed. check with the surgeon that put it there. they will let you know what they preferred. ...Read more

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Could a transversal fracture of the 4th metacarpal bone in the hand require surgery?

Could a transversal fracture of the 4th metacarpal bone in the hand require surgery?

Unstable: Transverse fracture of 4th metacarpal tends to be unstable and difficult to stabilize with closed reduction and casting. It often requires open reduction and internal fixation for adequate stabilization to allow fracture to heal in anatomic position. ...Read more

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If the metal plate is removed from the 5th metacarpal bone (after complete healing) ... Are there any high chances of re-fracture and nerve damage?

If the metal plate is removed from the 5th metacarpal bone (after complete healing) ... Are there any high chances of re-fracture and nerve damage?

No: Once healing is completed, your risk of fracture should return to normal. If all of the hardware is removed and there are no follow up surgeries planned, you should be at no risk for further nerve damage. I hope this helps! ...Read more

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My son plays baseball has a minor fracture in his 2nd metacarpal bone he's in a cast for 2 more weeks when can he start throwing again?

My son plays baseball has a minor fracture in his 2nd metacarpal bone he's in a cast for 2 more weeks when can he start throwing again?

Slow rehab : Please discuss his recovery with his orthopaedic surgeon. 3-6 weeks average. Slow and gradual return to activity and remember he has a long life ahead of him and needs to heal this completely before he resumes baseball activity. Sorry he is missing out but give him time to heal. Till then keep him active running, biking. See the AAOS.org website. Good luck ...Read more

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Even after completely recovering from Boxer's Fracture, Is it risky to do knuckle push ups, punching sandbags etc. while having metal plate placed on your 5th metacarpal bone ?

Even after completely recovering from Boxer's Fracture, Is it risky to do knuckle push ups, punching sandbags etc. while having metal plate placed on your 5th metacarpal bone ?

Not really: if you healed completely,they will be no restrictions on your boxing,or any activity associated with it. the metal plate is permanent,unless it start causing any problem,but it will not be a reason to restricted your activities. ...Read more

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I got hairline fracture in 5th metacarpal bone in hand 15days back im using splint, how much time i would continue splint?

I got hairline fracture in 5th metacarpal bone in hand 15days back im using splint, how much time i would continue splint?

follow dr.'s advice: 5th metacarpal fx.S are common.They can occur at the neck of the metacarpal('boxers' fx.)or in the shaft. Commonly treated in splint(ulnar gutter) for 4-6 wks. Some take a full 8 weeks to heal.See your ors for folow-up and recccommendations! ...Read more

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It has been 3 months since I had surgery on my 5th metacarpal bone due to boxer's fracture. Is it safe for me to do knuckle push ups on hard surface while having metal plate placed on metacarpal bone?

It has been 3 months since I had surgery on my 5th metacarpal bone due to boxer's fracture. 
Is it safe for me to do knuckle push ups on hard surface while having metal plate placed on metacarpal bone?

Without knowing: the true status, location, scar status, point at which youve recovered motion, strength and all the factors that your treating surgeon or therapist would know from treating you is is hard specifically answer that question. in general yes , BUT you really need to ask them ...Read more

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What makes a spiral fracture bone hard to heal?

Location and length: Spiral fracture usually located at the shaft of the bone this area is not the most active part of the bone, the other factor the size of the area have to heal is usually bigger. ...Read more

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Metacarpal spiral fracture -- cast or splint?

Metacarpal spiral fracture -- cast or splint?

Either one ma y be: Used. If the fracture is felt to be potentially unstable a cast may be more likley selected if it is felt that the full time presence of that cast vs. The tendency to remove a splint make a difference . The issue with spiral fractures is to check rotation by genty making a fist to make sure the finger is not rotated and needing of a reduction or surgery ( internal fixation ). ...Read more

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What to do if i get a spiral fracture in the metacarpals?

Goto the orthopedic: Surgeon he will take care of it for you. In the meanwhile if you have splint use it and do body taping of that finger to next finger. ...Read more

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Risk of working out with spiral fracture metacarpal?

Risk of working out with spiral fracture metacarpal?

Take some time off: Bone needs astill environment to heal corectly thats what the casts are formetacarpalfrx can fail to heal or healcrooked working out wont help avoid these problems. ...Read more

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How would you treat a spiral finger fracture? I read this phrase as part of another q/a -- "a leash or rope injury with torque or rotatory force on a finger will cause a spiral fracture of a metacarpal. A fracture of a phalanx." this is exactly what happ

How would you treat a spiral finger fracture? I read this phrase as part of another q/a -- "a leash or rope injury with torque or rotatory force on a finger will cause a spiral fracture of a metacarpal. A fracture of a phalanx."  this is exactly what happ

If : If this has just happened (like in the last week) you should see a hand surgeon. If your finger already twists when you bend it, it will heal in this position unless reduced. Spiral fractures can often be treated with wires (temporary) after reduction or sometimes with plates and/or screws. See a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Hi i have a break in my hand metacarpal bone i have a cast on and last week my cousin kicked a hard oneils ball of it now my hand is painful?

Hi i have a break  in my hand metacarpal bone i have a cast on and last week my cousin kicked a hard oneils ball of  it now my hand is painful?

Be checked: If you have a known fracture, had another injury, and now the hand is hurting more, I would have it checked.the cast needs to be checked to make sure it is still well fitting, and an X-ray should be considered to make sure the fracture is still in good alignment. ...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 broke my pinky metacarpal bone. What is the easiest and cheapest thing I can do to fix this?

See your doctor: Tell your doctor your situation and then follow his instructios to the letter. Many patients will remove their splint/cast for reasons that don't always make any sense but this can compromise the result of treatment. Not to treat make cost you more to fix latter. ...Read more

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Broke my middle metacarpal bone in my left hand 3 weeks ago, feels fine now. Should i remove my splint?

Broke my middle metacarpal bone in my left hand 3 weeks ago, feels fine now. Should i remove my splint?

NO: Most fractures need 6 weeks to heal before you can really use them. Gentle range of motion is ok but don't remove splint until cleared by physician. ...Read more

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Is it true that you get a much stronger bone after completely recovering from Boxer's Fracture (5th Metacarpal Fracture) ?

Is it true that you get a much stronger bone after completely recovering from Boxer's Fracture (5th Metacarpal Fracture) ?

Not really: the healing will required a calcification around the broken bone to stabileze it,and i guess it will make it strongmbut it will never be a stronger than a healthy bone.it will be strong enough to resume all the old activity,but not stronger,in my opinion. ...Read more

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3rd and 4th metacarpals broken. have 1 screw for each of the broken bones. they used volar slab as a cast. it is possible to use ulnar gutter slab?

Hand fracture: Yes as long as the third and fourth metacarpals are protected an ulnar gutter splint would be fine and may be more comfortable ...Read more

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I have finger swelling 2 months after surgery for broken 4th metacarpal bone. (plate and pins were inserted) Is this normal . My fingers are moving ok?

I have finger swelling 2 months after surgery for broken 4th metacarpal bone. (plate and pins were inserted) Is this normal . My fingers are moving ok?

Normal: Some swelling of finger could be there after the surgery it will go down of its own , the healing process takes some time . As you can move you finger completely well without any pain ,that means your fractured finger is healing well .Talk to your doctor to make it sure that there is no other problem ...Read more

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Metacarpal bone of my middle finger is displaced, will it hurt me if it healef there?

Metacarpal bone of my middle finger is displaced, will it hurt me if it healef there?

Fracture Healing: Hi MuhammadW, If you have a displaced fracture of your 3rd metacarpal, it would be wise to have the fracture reduced (put back into anatomical position) by an Orthopaedic Surgeon. With metacarpal fractures, this is usually accomplished with closed reduction and percutaneous pinning. The risks you take when you do not seek treatment include nonunion of the fracture, which can be painful. ...Read more

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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


Bone (Definition)

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