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Metacarpal Fractures

“Metacarpal bones are the five bones that support the hand and join the wrist to the fingers. Any break in the head, neck or shaft of the metacarpals is termed as Metacarpal fractures and are known as Boxer’s, Bennett’s or Ronaldo’s fracture depending on their location”, says Dr. Gupta at present the head of shoulder and hand division at Max Healthcare.

“I believe or rather it has been my experience over a period of 25 years in the field that, the fifth metacarpal is the most prone to injury and fractures in the metacarpal neck are the most common and almost 40% of fractures in the human body are contributed by Metacarpal fractures with males from 10-29 being most susceptible to it”, asserts Dr. Gupta.

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“Any severe blow, fall from a bike or car accident can result in the fracture and the symptoms indicative of the fractures vary from immediate swelling, numbness and an intense pain to limited motion and instability in the fractured metacarpal is what I have generally observed are the common signs that most patients come to me with a popping sound that is an added symptom of a severe fracture”, coherently observes Dr. Gupta.

“Even after having successfully operated upon 18000 patients and keenly observed each debilitating condition closely, Fractures in the metacarpals are delicate and might affect the soft tissues or damage the neurovascular tendons. The complete impact of the fracture can be ascertained by radiographs, CT scan or Fluorography. The treatment techniques are formulated on the basis of location, nature or severity of the fracture and range from external fixation, therapy exercises, splinting to open or closed reduction with internal fixation.”

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Selfless strive to serve patients has taken him from AIIMS to The Medanta, and he stresses that, “The patient essentially has to understand that metacarpal fractures are common and can relatively be treated painlessly but to restore their mobility they have to keep on doing therapy exercises and do not immobilize the bone for a very long period of time.”

FAQ – Metacarpal Fractures

What are Metacarpal Fractures?

Fracture in the bones which form the part of hand are referred to as Metacarpal fractures. They can occur on the head, neck or shaft of the metacarpal and are known as Boxer’s, Bennett’s or Rolando’s fractures respectively.

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