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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I had surgery on my left hand to repair a broken metacarpal. What happens if I break it again?

Nothing new: If it heals well it will be no more susceptible to another injury than if it were uninjured. ...Read more

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I have a lump in my hand where screws were put in for my broken metacarpals. What should I do?

I have a lump in my hand where screws were put in for my broken metacarpals. What should I do?

Depends: It is not unusual to notice a lump over your surgical site after a repair of a hand fracture. This is usually part of the normal inflammatory response. If it has been a while and you can still feel your hardware, you need to decide how much it bothers you. Occasionally, if there is palpable hardware, some surgeons will go back to remove it if it is causing problems. ...Read more

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What does a pinky finger metacarpal fracture look like?

What does a pinky finger metacarpal fracture look like?

Need Xray: You can't diagnose a fracture otherwise unless there is obvious angulation of the bone. There can be tremendous swelling and bruising without a fracture, and minimal physical changes with one. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Where in your body are the metacarpals found?

Hand: The metacsrpals are the bones that support The Palm ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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! ". ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I had surgery to fix broken metacarpal. Is there a test that could determine the successfulness of surgery?

I had surgery to fix broken metacarpal. Is there a test that could determine the successfulness of surgery?

X-ray or Fluoroscan: A post-operative x-ray or a fluoroscan (if your hand surgeon has one in his/her office) can assess proper reduction (alignment), proper placement of surgical hardware, and evidence of bony fusion. ...Read more

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What are the signs that a fractured metacarpal needs reduction?

Rotational Deformity: The most common metacarpal fracture is that of the little finger. When you make a fist the contour of the knuckles may be different. A small depression is probably ok. Any change in rotation of the finger usually requires reduction. ...Read more

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Can you still lift weights with a fractured 1st metacarpal?

Can you still lift weights with a fractured 1st metacarpal?

A bit risky: It depends on the type of fracture and method of treatment but in general I tell patients to let pain be your guide. You might consider focusing on core, legs, and back for a few weeks until your treating doctor gives you the thumbs up (yes pun intended :)). ...Read more

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When can you return to work with a fractured 5th metacarpal?

Depends: The answer depends on what you do andhow the fracture is treated. It usually takes 4-8 weeks for a fracture to heal so if you use your hand at work especially to lift or other heavy use of your hand you may be out of work for a while. ...Read more

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Broke 4th metacarpal and cut off my cast. Will I be crippled?

Broke 4th metacarpal and cut off my cast. Will I be crippled?

No, but...: If you don't let a fracture heal properly you run the risk of decreased function in your hand and residual pain. Let your doc know you cut it off - maybe they can work with you to find something better or make it more comfortable! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I think I broke my 5th metacarpal. How can I be sure without going to the hospital?

I think I broke my 5th metacarpal. How can I be sure without going to the hospital?

Urgent care: Most urgent care centers have xray machines and the ability to get you in and out pretty quickly and at reasonable expense. ...Read more

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I have possible subtle transverse lucencies in the neck area of the 3rd and 4th metacarpals?

I have possible subtle transverse lucencies in the neck area of the 3rd and 4th metacarpals?

Without knowing your: Full past and current history it is not possible to suggest whether this is concerning or not. Do you have a specific question regarding these findings? Either ask a question or discuss your concerns with your health care professional. ...Read more