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Slightly displaced 4th metacarpal 5 weeks ago.Dr. put in a brace said keep on 6 weeks.when can go back to heavy construction work, hammer, push, pull?

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Dr. Padraic Obma
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In brief: Healed and no pain

It generally takes 6 weeks for a metacarpal fracture to heal.
At the 6 week mark, x-rays are usually ordered to confirm healing. When the fracture has healed, it is not painful to pressure and you have no pain with work activities it is safe to go back to heavy work. This may take 8-12 weeks total.

In brief: Healed and no pain

It generally takes 6 weeks for a metacarpal fracture to heal.
At the 6 week mark, x-rays are usually ordered to confirm healing. When the fracture has healed, it is not painful to pressure and you have no pain with work activities it is safe to go back to heavy work. This may take 8-12 weeks total.
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