Boxer’s fracture is the common name for a fracture of the metacarpal bone that is present at the base of the small finger and connects the little finger to the wrist.
Boxer’s fracture is usually caused by punching another person or object, such as a wall, with a closed fist, indirect stress to the hand such as squeezing, crushing or playing certain sports. The symptoms of boxer’s fracture include pain at the time of injury, swelling, lack of movement, and numbness in the swollen area. Deformity of the broken bone also may be noted.
Diagnosis of boxer’s fracture is done by reviewing your medical history and performing a through physical examination of your injured finger. Test includes range of motion tests and x-rays.
Treatment may vary depending upon the severity of the fractures. Less severe cases involve the use of splint, brace, or cast for four or more weeks to limit movement. Your doctor may also recommend pain relieving medications if necessary to reduce pain. Applying an ice pack to the injured area also helps in reducing pain and swelling. More severe cases can be treated with surgery which involves the use of pins, screws, or plates for maintaining stability. As you recover stretching and strengthening exercises are necessary to regain proper strength and function of the joint. You may either do it at home or with the assistance of a therapist. You are advised not to return to activities or sports until your doctor gives you permission to do so.
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