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What Are Metacarpal Fractures?
Metacarpal fractures can occur in any of the five metacarpal bones, numbered from the thumb side to the little finger side. Fractures can vary in severity, ranging from hairline cracks to complete breaks with bone displacement.
Indication Of Metacarpal Fractures
Common symptoms of a metacarpal fracture include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty moving or using the hand. In some cases, there may be visible deformity or an abnormal alignment of the affected finger or hand.
Treatments For Metacarpal Fractures
The treatment of a metacarpal fracture depends on the type and severity of the fracture. Stable fractures that are not displaced may be treated with immobilization using a splint or cast to allow the bones to heal. More complex fractures with displacement or multiple fractures may require reduction (realigning the bones) and fixation with the help of pins, screws, plates, or wires. Surgery may be necessary in some cases to ensure proper healing and restore hand function.
Recovery from a metacarpal fracture can vary depending on the specific fracture and treatment approach. It typically involves a period of immobilization followed by rehabilitation exercises to restore strength, flexibility, and function to the hand. Physical therapy may be recommended to aid in the recovery process.
Prompt medical attention is important for a suspected metacarpal fracture to ensure accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. A healthcare professional, such as an orthopedic specialist, can assess the fracture, determine the best course of action, and provide guidance for optimal healing and recovery.