4th Metacarpal Fracture

4th Metacarpal Fracture

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4th Metacarpal Fracture

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What is 4th Metacarpal Fracture?

A 4th metacarpal fracture is a common fracture of the hand that typically occurs when you’re using your hand to catch yourself from falling. The fracture can also occur while playing sports, such as tennis, golf or basketball.

The fourth metacarpal is located on the pinky side of your hand and connects your wrist to your middle finger. When this bone breaks, it’s called a 4th metacarpal fracture. The 4th metacarpal is one of five bones that make up the base of your palm (the palm consists of eight bones).

Most people who sustain a 4th metacarpal fracture will have swelling and bruising around their injury site immediately after their injury occurs. In addition, they may experience pain in their hand or wrist when grasping objects with their fingers or moving them around actively while walking or performing other tasks that require using their hands regularly.

What are the types of 4th Metacarpal Fracture?

There are many types of 4th metacarpal fracture:

Boxer’s fracture

This type of fracture occurs in people who box or play other sports that involve punching, such as tennis or golfing. You may hear a snap or crunching sound when it happens—making it easy to identify this type of fracture even if there is no visible deformity in your hand or wrist area yet!

Colles’ fracture

This is the most common type of 4th metacarpal fracture and involves the middle to distal third of the metacarpal bone. This can be caused by a fall on an outstretched hand, or by direct trauma to the hand. The fracture is often characterized by swelling and tenderness over the top of the wrist and across the palm of your hand, as well as bruising at either end of your thumb. If you have this kind of fracture, you may also hear a “pop” sound when it happens.

What are the causes of 4th Metacarpal Fracture?

The causes of 4th Metacarpal Fracture are as follows:

1) Accidental injury like falling, tripping over an object or hitting something with your hand

2) Sports injuries like hockey, football etc

3) Workplace accidents such as using heavy tools or equipment without wearing gloves or any safety equipment

4) Car accidents where you hit your hands against dashboard or steering wheel

What are the symptoms of 4th Metacarpal Fracture?

The symptoms of a 4th metacarpal fracture include:

  • Pain and swelling in the area around the 4th metacarpal bone, which is at the base of your ring finger
  • Pain that gets worse with activity, especially when gripping something tightly or putting pressure on your hand
  • Tenderness when pressing on the bone at the base of your ring finger

What are the risk factors for 4th Metacarpal Fracture?

Risk factors for 4th metacarpal fracture include age, gender and occupation.

  • The risk increases with age, as older individuals are more likely to suffer this type of injury.
  • Women are also at increased risk because they tend to be smaller than men. In addition, there is a greater tendency for women to engage in activities that can lead to such injuries, such as sports or housework.
  • Finally, people who do manual labor are at an increased risk for this type of injury because their jobs require them to use their hands more frequently than others.

Recommended Exercise

Hand

What are the exercises for 4th Metacarpal Fracture?

The best exercises for a 4th metacarpal fracture are those that don’t put any pressure on the hand or wrist.

Wrist Extension

This is where you hold your hand out in front of you and move it up and down, just like you were waving hello

Wrist Flexion

This is when you hold your hand out in front of you and move it side to side, like you were shaking someone’s hand

Finger Extensor Stretch

This is when you spread your fingers as far apart as possible, then slowly bring them back together again

What are the treatments for 4th Metacarpal Fracture?

There are several treatments for a 4th metacarpal fracture, including:

Immobilization

This is the most common treatment and involves resting the injured hand so that it heals properly. You’ll likely need to wear a splint or brace on your hand to keep it in place while it heals.

Surgery

If the fracture doesn’t heal on its own within 6 weeks, you may need surgery to repair it. The surgeon will put a screw in your finger to hold it together while it heals.

Pain relievers

You can take over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) to reduce inflammation and ease pain until your fracture heals.

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What brace is used for 4th Metacarpal Fracture?

The brace you need for a fourth metacarpal fracture is called an ulnar gutter splint or “boxer splint.”

This brace is made of hard plastic and has two parts: one for the hand and one for the forearm. The hand part of this brace holds your hand in a position that helps reduce pain and swelling, while the forearm part provides support for your wrist and fingers.

This brace is usually worn for about two weeks after your injury, but you may need to wear it longer if your doctor recommends it.

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