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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
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
I fractured my fifth metacarpal and was given a cast for 3 weeks. i was wondering how long it would take after the cast is off to return to sports.
Varies: usually healing is 4-6 weeks. allow about 2 weeks to get full range of motion and strength. Then you can play again ...Read more
My daughter is a gymnast and fractured her 4th metacarpal 4 1 2 weeks ago she was placed in a cast for 4 weeks and removed from it and now is in a splint because it did not heal told to return in 4 weeks but we are wonderingif she should be checked in 2 w
Metacarpal fx: There is no harm in returning in 2 weeks. Just tell the doctor you would feel more at ease with a new x-ray at 2 weeks instead of 4. There should be no problem. ...Read more
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
If you fractured your 5th metacarpal can you still squeeze and pick up things without pain and write pages of notes.?
Yes: You can do many things with this jnjury. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
Hi, I think I may have fractured my 5th metacarpal bone in my hand. Need help! Not sure if it is or not?
I fractured my third metacarpal 8 weeks ago, however xrays not showing progress in healing. Is this normal?
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
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
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
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
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
? 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
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
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 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
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