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

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

Dr. Sheila Smith
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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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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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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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Metacarpal fracture symptoms?

Metacarpal fracture symptoms?

Pain swelling &: Pain swelling and deformity at the level of the injured metacarpal. ...Read more

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I fractured my 4th metacarpal a few days ago in basketball game. Is surgery necessary?

I fractured my 4th metacarpal a few days ago in basketball game.  Is surgery necessary?

Metacarpal fractures: If non displaced or non angulated (bent) or not shortened don't typically need surgery. Surgery can be offered for excessive angualation, abnormal rotation that shows up a truly overlapped fingers or significant shortening that could change tendon mechanics . Open fractures also need to be washed out, especially grossly contaminated wounds with fractures. ...Read more

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I fractured my metacarpal at the 2nd digit. What kind of surgery can fix this?

I fractured my metacarpal at the 2nd digit. What kind of surgery can fix this?

3: Open surgery w plates and screws or stainless pins (k wires) thru skin or manipulate and splint. ...Read more

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Hows a 3rd metacarpal fracture fixed?

Hows a 3rd metacarpal fracture fixed?

Metacarpal fractures: are treated with splints or casts or internal fixation. While some don't need much at all!. if you want to "fix" one you need either stainless steel pins called K-wires or similar or screws or plates with screws. The pins can be put in "closed" without incisions being made under X-ray guide but typically screws and or plates are put in via an open incision . ...Read more

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I fractured my 5th metacarpal how long will I need cast?

It depend: Were the located, in the proximal end , the shaft or the distal end and if displaced or not , simple fracture take about 6 weeks. ...Read more

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It's only been 3 weeks since I fractured my first metacarpal. Dr. said he would remove my pins tomorrow. Too soon? Isn't 4-6 weeks better? Nervous!

Metacarpal fracture: Removing pins for a metacarpal fracture after 3 weeks may not be unreasonable, depending on the nature of the fracture. Typically pins are removed after 4-6 weeks. Let your surgeon know about your concerns. Keeping your pins in for another 7-10 days might make you more at ease and is unlikely to lead to any major problems ...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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What is the fastest way to heal a second metacarpal fracture?

Cast or surgery: If the fracture can be aligned well in a cast, you should be out of the cast in 3-4 weeks. If it can not be aligned you will need surgery. It talks 6 weeks for full healing either way. If you have surgery you might not need a cast. ...Read more

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I have a metacarpal fracture. What kind of therapy will be good?

Hand evaluation: Metacarpal fractures are best treated by a surgeon specializing in hand and upper extremity surgeon. A hand therapy program can be prescribed by your treating physician to minimize stiffness and shorten recovery time. ...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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Could the transversal fracture of the 4th metacarpal in the hand need surgery?

Yes: Transverse fractures are often unstable and require surgery to avoid displacement. especially if there is loss of metacarpal height. seek care with a hand surgeon ...Read more

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I fractured my third metacarpal 8 weeks ago, however xrays not showing progress in healing. Is this normal?

I fractured my third metacarpal 8 weeks ago, however xrays not showing progress in healing. Is this normal?

Nonunion: This is called a nonunion. Sometimes when a fracture does not heal the orthopedic doctors need to go in and do a surgery to pin it. Talk to your doctor about options. ...Read more

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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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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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I recently fractured 2 metacarpals in my hand. One was reset and the other wasn't and is very stiff. Is this normal?

I recently fractured 2 metacarpals in my hand. One was reset and the other wasn't and is very stiff. Is this normal?

Yes: Metacarpal fractures can cause a lot of swelling depending on how they were broken. Proper splinting of the hand in the "safe or functional position" is important to minimize later stiffness. Once fractures have healed enough (usually around 3 weeks) hand therapy can be started to decrease swelling and improve range of motion and stiffness. If you can't make a fist you should get therapy. ...Read more

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How long will a metacarpal fracture take to heal?

4-6 weeks usually: Thes bones if in proper alignment and with proper splinting and care, will usually heal in 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take a metacarpal fracture to heal?

How long does it usually take a metacarpal fracture to heal?

6-8 weeks: Generally speaking, most fractures heal within 6-8 weeks but limited and protected range of motion may be perfmitted under the supervision of a therapist. ...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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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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5th metacarpal fracture, how long can I wait to get surgery?

? Boxers' fracture: The commonest fracture of the 5th metacarpal is that of it's neck and is also known as the boxers' fracture. It can be easily handled as an office procedure by your hand surgeon. Other fractures may need surgical repair by placing plates and screws. Average healing time is usually 6-8 weeks but for a lot of hand fractures the splint/cast is only half that time and then rehabilitation is started. ...Read more

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I fractured my third metacarpal. How long does a metacarpel fracture take to heal?

It depend on the : Location of the fracture if it is in the end of the bone or in the shaft 6-12 weeks. ...Read more

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I fractured my third metacarpal in march and recently noticing that my ring finger is crossing underneath my middle finger. Can this be sorted?

I fractured my third metacarpal in march and recently noticing that my ring finger is crossing underneath my middle finger. Can this be sorted?

See orthopedic doc: Especially one who specializes in hand surgery to have hand evaluated & learn what options for treatment are available. May require additional x-ray study. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had three metacarpals fractured one almost broken all the way through and set in the cast one of my fingers has constant pain is this normal?

Cast: It is normal to have pain with broken bones but if this pain is new you need to call your orthopedist. There may be a problem with the cast. Make sure you elevate your hand, rest it on pillows above the level of your heart. If this alleviates your pain, it may have just been due to swelling, if the pain persists you need to be seen. ...Read more