5th Metacarpal Fracture

5th Metacarpal Fracture

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5th Metacarpal Fracture

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What is 5th Metacarpal Fracture?

A fifth metacarpal fracture is a break in the fifth finger bone, which is also called the ring finger. It is located between the base of your palm and your wrist. The fifth metacarpal is also known as the pinkie finger, because it is usually smaller than the other fingers.

The fifth metacarpal helps you to perform many everyday tasks including grasping, pinching, and gripping small objects. If this bone breaks, it can cause pain, swelling and tenderness in the hand and wrist area.

What are the types of 5th Metacarpal Fracture?

There are two types of 5th metacarpal fractures, including:

1. Colles’ fracture

Occurs when the wrist is bent back and the thumb is pulled back against the palm. This type of fracture usually occurs in older people and results in a displaced break that requires surgery to repair.

2. Bennett Fracture

This is a break to the middle of the little finger, and tends to occur when the hand is bent back and then straightened out suddenly (like when you’re trying to catch something you’ve dropped). This type of fracture usually requires surgery as well.

What are the causes of 5th Metacarpal Fracture?

5th Metacarpal Fracture is a type of bone fracture that occurs in the 5th metacarpal bone. This is the long bone that connects your thumb to the rest of your hand.

The most common cause of 5th Metacarpal Fracture is falling on an outstretched hand. It can also occur from direct impact to the hand, such as from a baseball bat or other hard object.

Another common cause of 5th Metacarpal Fracture is when you hit something with your hand while it’s in a closed fist. This can happen when you try to protect yourself during an altercation or accident.

What are the symptoms of 5th Metacarpal Fracture?

The symptoms of 5th Metacarpal Fracture are:

  • Pain in the palm of the hand or at the base of the ring finger
  • Deformity in the shape of the finger or hand
  • Limited range of movement in the wrist and fingers

What are the risk factors for 5th Metacarpal Fracture?

Risk factors for 5th Metacarpal Fracture include:

  • Fractures in other metacarpals, especially the 4th and 6th.
  • Trauma to the hand, such as a fall onto an outstretched hand or a punch to the hand.
  • Repetitive stress injuries that cause cumulative trauma to the hand. This could include activities like hammering, cycling, or racquet sports.

Recommended Exercise

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What are the exercises for 5th Metacarpal Fracture?

The following exercises can help to strengthen your hand and improve range of motion in your wrist.

1. Forearm curls

Hold a dumbbell with your arm hanging down, palm facing forward. Lift the weight up to your shoulder and then lower it back down to the starting position. Do this 10 times (5 on each side). Repeat 3 times, twice a day.

2. Finger flexion

Make a fist and squeeze as tightly as you can for five seconds, then relax for five seconds. Do this 10 times (5 on each side). Repeat 3 times, twice a day.

3. Finger extension

Extend your fingers fully and hold for five seconds, then relax for five seconds. Do this 10 times (5 on each side). Repeat 3 times, twice a day.

What are the treatments for 5th Metacarpal Fracture?

The treatments for 5th Metacarpal Fracture are:

  1. Keep your wrist elevated at all times, except when washing your hands or using the bathroom.
  2. Use ice packs to reduce swelling and pain. Place them on your wrist for 15-20 minutes every hour for the first 24 hours after the injury. After that, you can use them every 4-6 hours as needed.
  3. Do not wrap your wrist, as this can make it difficult to move your fingers freely and may interfere with healing. If you’re experiencing a lot of pain and swelling, you can use an elastic bandage around your wrist to help keep it in place while it heals (but don’t wrap too tightly).
  4. Don’t take aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) before surgery (this is only if surgery is being considered). These medications can increase bleeding during or after surgery, which may delay recovery or require a second procedure to correct any problems caused by bleeding during surgery!

Explanation of Recommended Orthotic Device

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What brace is used for 5th Metacarpal Fracture?

If you have a 5th metacarpal fracture, your doctor will likely recommend an ulnar gutter splint for your brace. This type of brace is also called a “boxer splint” because it is shaped like a box and fits around the wrist and hand. It provides support to prevent further injury or pain while allowing you to perform everyday tasks like cooking, cleaning, and driving.

An ulnar gutter splint can be custom-made to fit comfortably on your wrist and hand. It has three straps that fasten around your wrist and one that connects to the back of your hand with velcro.

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