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Symptoms and Treatment Options for a Metacarpal Fracture

woman suffers from metacarpal fractureA metacarpal fracture is an injury to one of the bones in the palm of your hand, the metacarpals. You have five metacarpal bones—one for each of your fingers—which form the body of your hand, and if you’ve ever had a broken hand you’ve undoubtedly experienced a metacarpal fracture.

In this blog, the hand specialists at Mirza Orthopedics will address the symptoms and treatment options for a metacarpal fracture.

What are the causes of a metacarpal fracture?

The bones of the hand are small and delicate, and there are a number of things that can cause a metacarpal fracture. Falling is a common cause—it’s instinct to reach out and catch yourself with your hand when you fall, can result in a fracture. Sports are also a likely way to sustain a metacarpal fracture, as are car accidents. Anything that involves a blow to or with the hand can fracture its fragile bones.

What are the symptoms of a metacarpal fracture?

Like most other fractures, a metacarpal fracture typically produces pain and swelling in the affected hand. Bruising also usually occurs, although it may not be visible immediately and may take several days to develop. When you’ve fractured a metacarpal bone, you will probably have pain when you try to form a fist, and you may also find that your fingers are stiff.

Other symptoms that can suggest that you’ve suffered a metacarpal fracture include:

  • Immediate pain in the hand
  • Pain that gets worse when you move your hand, particularly if you try to grip or squeeze something
  • Swelling and bruising in the injured hand
  • Visible deformity of the injured hand
  • Inability to use the hand—it may be impossible to move your fingers or you may have limited range of motion
  • Numbness in the injured hand

What are the treatment options for a metacarpal fracture?

Most stable metacarpal fractures do not need surgery but frequently these fractures are unstable, will lose alignment and might lead to deformity and functional loss. Such fractures will need some form of fixation. Thanks to the advances in hand surgery, the method used by Mirza Orthopedics is minimally invasive, and done under local anesthesia in an outpatient setting. There is no cast with early rehab, and you can expect an early return to work and usual activities.

Where can I find treatment for my metacarpal fracture on Long Island?

Proper setting and treatment of a metacarpal fracture are essential to ensuring successful healing and a pain-free return to normal activities. At Mirza Orthopedics, we diagnose and treat patients of all ages with all types of hand fractures.

If you suspect you’ve suffered a metacarpal fracture, schedule an appointment with the experienced hand specialists at Mirza Orthopedics to learn more about your treatment options.

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