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Doctor insights on: Treating A Boxer's Fracture

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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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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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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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I received a boxers fracture last year. I was just curious as of why the pain flairs up when my hand gets cold?

I received a boxers fracture last year. I was just curious as of why the pain flairs up when my hand gets cold?

Boxers fx: Although all boxer fractures heal , the symptom of pain upon exposure to the cold indicates you have some articular surface damage as well . So you should get it checked ...Read more

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Punch a pole. My hand swelled up. I used a ice pack and its gone down and I can make a fist. I'm worried I got boxers fracture again.

Punch a pole. My hand swelled up. I used a ice pack and its gone down and I can make a fist. I'm worried I got boxers fracture again.

Hand swelled: You MAY have a fracture or break and the only way to know is to see your doc. He/she may order an x-ray. You don't want the bone to heal out of alignment. Think about your anger and frustration and work on better ways to cope. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is a splint better then a cast for a 5th Metacalful boxers fracture my hole hand 4 fingers and arm in half cast and want to use index and middle finga?

Is a splint better then a cast for a 5th
Metacalful boxers fracture my hole hand 4 fingers and arm in half cast and want to use index and middle finga?

Varies: If you have a distal 5th metacarpal fracture, then some variant of a "clam digger" splint or cast is applied. This involves immobilizing the 4th and 5th finger, and flexing them down an bout 70-99 degrees. There is no benefit or need to immobilize the thumb, index, or middle finger. ...Read more

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I'm having boxers fracture on my knuckle, can I do physical exercises while it heals?

Yes: But you will need to avoid anything putting pressure on the knuckle until after it has completely healed (6 or more weeks depending on the type of fracture) ...Read more

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What doc can I see about broken pinky finger metacarpal(boxers fracture)?

What doc can I see about broken pinky finger metacarpal(boxers fracture)?

Hand/wrist MD: Please see an orthopedic hand/wrist surgeon, who can evaluate you , and provide the proper treatment. ...Read more

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I punched a hard object and my pinkys knuckle got swollen. I am able to move it all the way down but not all the way up. Possibly a boxers fracture?

Hand fracture in the: 5th metacarpal knuckle or neck is often called a boxer's fracture ( but real boxers know better) pain, swelling decreased motion are all signs that a fracture may be present. An evaluation and xrays are the next step. Most 5th mc neck fractures heal uneventfully but proper care makes it go a lot easier. Treatment specifics depend upon exam and xray finding details, . ...Read more

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I'm 4 and a half weeks into wearing my splint for boxers fracture on 5th metacarp. Still a lot of stiffness and don't see a knuckle really. Normal?

Normal: Your fracture has shortened and has shifted. I would start immediate motion and stretching. If you don't see good improvement in the next 3-4 weeks with your motion, i would see a hand therapist. Unfortunately, your loss of the prominence of the 5th metacarpal head will be permanent. ...Read more

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What's wrong with my pinky knuckle? How do I pop it back in place? I had just recovered from a boxers fracture on my 5th metacarpol head and when i took off the splint their was no knuckle to be found. When i close my fist and try to open it all the way m

What's wrong with my pinky knuckle? How do I pop it back in place? I had just recovered from a boxers fracture on my 5th metacarpol head and when i took off the splint their was no knuckle to be found. When i close my fist and try to open it all the way m

Boxer's fractures...: Typically angulate the head of the metacarpal (the "knuckle" ) toward the palm. If not reduced, it may heal in that position. Some angulation like that is ok, but if too angulated the finger will tend to collapse in a zig zag fashion. See a hand surgeon, get an xray, find out if further treatment is needed. Good luck! ...Read more

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I punched a wall and I have a boxers fracture in my ring knuckle. 5 days later I notice a red stripe going up my middle finger. I don't have a cast?

I punched a wall and I have a boxers fracture in my ring knuckle. 5 days later I notice a red stripe going up my middle finger. I don't have a cast?

Get t hat: evaluated ASAP..it usually represents the spread of an infection from an area of cellulitis (may be hardly noticed since it is in the swollen area! You may require antibiotics!!

Hope this helps
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I got a boxers fracture. The doctors couldn't set my bone back in place. (5th meta) I have a huge bump on my knuckle. Is surgery needed? My xray ↓

Boxer's Fracture: Unfortunately we can't see your X-ray on the free part of health tap. Up to a 30 degree angulation is acceptable in the 5th digit before surgery will be done. This is unless you are a professional athlete or something similar. If it were my hand I would personally make an appointment at a hand surgeon and see if they will do anything, catch my drift. ...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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Can you get a boxers fracture in your foot?

No: A boxer's fracture is a fracture of the small finger metacarpal (which commonly occurs after someone punches someone or something). There is no boxer's fracture of the foot. ...Read more

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Can you get a boxers fracture on your foot?

Can you get a boxers fracture on your foot?

No: By definition this is a fracture of a metacarpal, a bone in the hand. However a very similar fracture can occur to the comparable metatarsal bone in the foot. Its just not called a "boxer's" fracture by name in the foot. ...Read more

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