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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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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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Do you think I'll need to get expensive treatment for a boxers fracture?

Do you think I'll need to get expensive treatment for a boxers fracture?

Maybe: A boxer's fracture sometimes requires surgery if the pieces of bone need to be realigned. If the fracture is mild a cast may be all that is needed. ...Read more

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I got a boxers fracture 2 days ago, my cast is uncomfortable. What would happen if i don't leave it on?

I got a boxers fracture 2 days ago, my cast is uncomfortable. What would happen if i don't leave it on?

Fx.could displace: If you remove your cast or splint after sustaining a 5 th metacarpal neck fx.( boxers' fx.) you increase the chances of the fracture (re)- displacing ( coming out of place).Most of these fractures are treated non operatively w/ closed reduction ( jahss' maneuver) and splint/ cast.Follow your doctors' instructions. If the cast or splint is 'too tight' or causing inc.Pain, contact his office/ er. ...Read more

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I have a boxers fracture. What should I do?

I have a boxers fracture. What should I do?

Boxers fracture: Refers to a fracture at the knuckle end of the fifth finger, i.E metacarpal. This is typically sustained after a blunt trauma as in punching/boxing (albeit with poor form), ergo the name. Treatment consists of x-rays and an attempt at manipulating the fracture into place and holding it that way. Occasionally it is too angled or won't hold and a temporary pin is placed. Otherwise, a splint will do. ...Read more

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Will my hand be okay if I had a boxers fracture and I didn't get it treated?

Will my hand be okay if I had a boxers fracture and I didn't get it treated?

Maybe.: Many boxer's fractures (fractures of the small finger metacarpal neck) can be treated non-surgically. However, a period of immobilization in a splint or cast is usually necessary to allow for appropriate bone healing. For best results, consider operative intervention or immobilization. Once the fracture begins to heal, therapy exercises can be helpful to maximize hand use and strength. ...Read more

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Can a boxers fracture heal by itself?

Almost always: As long as the fracture is well aligned and not poking out the skin, it usually will do well. ...Read more

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What does a boxers fracture do to you?

Causes pain...: "boxer's" fracture( 5th metacarpal neck fxs.)are extremely common. They obviously cause pain and usually deformity.Treatment is generally closed reduction/splinting or casting. If, after reduction, angulation is still> 30degrees or malrotation is present.Percutaneous pinning is tx.(this is unusual).'real' boxers fracture the 2nd metacarpal neck more often than "sat night" sluggers! gl! ...Read more

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What do you think I should do with boxers fracture?

Immobilize : You should see your md and get a referral to an orthopedist. Some 'boxer's' fractures require reduction of the fracture, followed by 4-6 wks of splinting( ulnar gutter) or casting.Untreated 5th metacarpal neck fractures can lead to malangulation/ malrotation deformities of the pinkie finger ( uncommon) and loss of the 'knuckle' prominence( more common). Best of luck! ...Read more

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What happens if you have a boxers fracture and you use it in a fight?

What happens if you have a boxers fracture and you use it in a fight?

Boxers fracture: A true boxers fracture refers to an index finger knuckle region fracture. Commonly a fracture of the little finges is also called a boxers fracture. It should be referred to as a street fighters fracture owing to the poor technique of punching. In either case an unhealed fracture should be protected. Further injury may damage the bone and affect hand function leading to the need for surgery. ...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