Boxer's Fracture

Author: V. Dimov, M.D.
Reviewer: S. Randhawa, M.D.

Case 1

This one is fairly straightforward:

A 17-year-old male comes to the clinic on a Friday afternoon, complaining of pain and swelling along the outer aspect of his right hand.

It seems that earlier that week, he had gotten into an argument with his girlfriend and, out of frustration, punched the wall.

X-rays were obtained.


Boxer's fracture; the annotated x-ray (click to enlarge the images).

What is the diagnosis?

Boxer's fracture.

Boxer’s fracture is a break in the neck of the fifth metacarpal. I see 2-3 boxer’s fractures a year, almost always from guys punching a wall or a home appliance (and losing).

The text and images are courtesy of Dr. Scott from Politedissent.com and are used with permission.

Case 2

A 28-year-old African American male (AAM) came to ER after punching a wall because he felt anxious. He complains of (c/o) swollen right hand. No hallucinations, delusions or suicidal ideas.

Past medical history (PMH)

Paranoid schizophrenia.

Physical examination

Vital signs stable (VSS).
Extremities: edema over the dorsum of the right hand with tenderness over the 5th metacarpal, the extremity pulses are equal and symmetric.

X-ray of right hand: 5th metacarpal fracture with angulation.


Boxer's fracture (click to enlarge the images).

X-ray report: There is a fracture of the neck of the fifth metacarpal with adjacent soft tissue swelling. There is radial and palmar angulation of the distal fracture fragment. Additional fractures are not seen. Joint spaces are maintained.

What happened?

A plastic surgeon was consulted and a reduction with splint was applied. The patient's hand neurovascular status was intact pre- and post-reduction.

Repeat films will be obtained in the morning.

Final diagnosis

Right 5th metacarpal fracture. Experienced boxers rarely sustain this type of fracture and the term "boxer's fracture" is a bit of a misnomer.

Metacarpal fractures are common injuries that account for 30-40% of all hand fractures.

Metacarpal neck fractures are the most common and are usually due to direct trauma. They most often involve the 5th and, to a lesser degree, the 4th metacarpal neck. Fractures of the 5th metacarpal neck ("boxer's fractures") account for approximately 10% of all hand fractures.

Related reading

Metacarpal neck fractures. UpToDate, 2009.
Name that diagnosis. Politedissent.com.
Lover, not a fighter? | Life in the Fast Lane, 2010.

Published: 07/11/2004
Updated: 07/17/2010

167 comments:

  1. marcelo alves1/15/2006 9:52 AM

    boxer's fracture are quite common in my practice and I've already operated on many of them. Maybe it's kind of geographic issue.

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    1. I have a question Marcelo ,my name is Katie and I had a boxer fracture years ago as a child,my fifth finger in the metacarpal area up to the mid finger knuckle is so sore and no way can attempt to make a fist,the pain is also on the inside pad if hand below fifth finger ? The pain is so painful in morning i cant even brush hand against anything,just looking for advice :)

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  2. I got a boxers fracture about a month ago but i cut off my cast cause the doctor siad that i woudnt ever have much improvent.

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  3. I have a boxers fracture that occured while hookind up my dog with the lead around my left hand. He ran to the end of the lead just as soon as I hooked him up, with the lead still wrapped around my hand! It broke the bone in my left hand that is located between the top knucle of my little finger and the wrist. I am a guitarist and a pianist and am having difficulty recovering. I am doing things to get the mobility back on my own. I cannot afford a theripist and any Info. would be greatly appreicated! My name is Brent and this is so very important to me. You can E-Mail me at "brentheathproductions@yahoo.com". Any advice would be of Great Help to me! Best of health to all of you, Brent Heath.

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  4. JUST NOW A 50 YR OLD MALE CAME TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM,WITH HISTORY OF FALL IN THE TOILET, C/O PAIN AND SWELLING ALONG THE OUTER ASPECT OF RIGHT HAND;X RAY TAKEN; SHOWS FRACTURE OF THE NECK OF THE 5TH METACARPAL, BUT ALSO THE FRACTURE LINE GOES TO THE METACARPAL HEAD ALSO; NOT A PURE BOXER'S FRACTURE?

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  5. Climbdave@aim.com4/07/2007 12:05 PM

    I have one of those right now, I got angry at my teacher at 2nd period (I'm 12) and, foolishly enough, I punched a desk, breaking my pinkie, or what ever you choose to call it...
    Happily it will heal properly... but it will take 3 months... I'm a rock climber too so, my competitive season went away...

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  6. Ive punched plenty of brick walls in the past, and nothings ever broke!but one time i gt hit by this lad, and never got to hit him back!so i got thrown out the class, but i went out and punched a plastic display unit? which was soft!and i got a hairline fracture, it took 6 weeks in cast(December 1st 2006-January 8th 2007), but then two weeks ago 2day (26th of March) i got into a fight, and i hit him once and i got a clean boxers fracture, i was in cast for a week :s? its knitted, but my knckles dropped and i have got a big bump? is that like that forever??? ANYONE???

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    1. Yes! i have the same injury its going to be the same, unless it re-broken and have surgery done but it will most likey have the same look to it. its the bone that has healed in its new place.

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  7. i am a 47 year ol male,and at the age of 17,while playing softball fractured my little finger catching a ground ball.The fracture is right at the knuckle.I never received treatment.The finger is deformed curving inward torwards my rig finger.Ocassinally I feel stiffness and some pain.I am a guitar player and have managed to play the instrument quite well.My question is can any surgery be performed to correct the deformity and restore the finger to normal or close to it and what risks are involved.Again this is a 30 year old injury. Thanks

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  8. in response to case no.2

    DOES THAT X-RAY SHOWS RADIAL DEVIATION AS U'VE MENTIONED, I THINK IT'S DEVIATED TO THE ULNAR SIDE.

    ANUP
    MEDICAL STUDENT, NEPAL

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  9. KRIS KRIS KRIS KRIS actually kris its going to be like that forever, unless you have your parents or you go to the doctors and have them break it again the have pins put in, i know this beacuse the same thing happened to me and they are going to put the pins in in 2 weeks, very very painful experiance but well worth it if you tend to get in fights. plus if you get in a fight your prob going to get your ass kicked with a broken hand...
    ps im only 14 i dont know much but thats what i did and the doctor said that it will be like new :)

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  10. i just got a boxers fracture 3 days ago, i was playin footy and we lost, so i hit one of those padded posts and broke me hand

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  11. I got mad and punched my bathroom door and got a boxer's fracture. So its not only guys who get it...lol...I have punched things before and never broke my hand.

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  12. I am a 32 yr old man and at 19 got a boxer fracture had surgery and has hurt ever since and a big hump on the back of mine. Any idea if another surgery would help stop the constant pain? O any other suggestions

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  13. I got a boxer's fracture on my right hand little over a week ago. I'm a 48 year old woman. I haven't punched anything in years lol. Guess I'll think twice before throwing another punch.

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  14. yesterday i was workin out with a friend and we were mucking around and i punched a solid wall...(im only 14 and a girl) so i was in emergency 4 2 hours 2 find out i have a boxers fracture and im waiting to return 2 hospital to get pins pt through my hand!!! lesson learnt done punch walls...the wall always wins lol!!!

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  15. I got into a fight with my sis last night and I punched the wall in my laundry room like 3 times. Dont know which time it broke bbut i do know that it is hard to type. And i also learned that when yiou punch a wall it doesn't hurt it, only you so what is the point.???????????? And also about 2 years ago me and my bf at the time got into it. We used to ALWAYS, that relationship was hell. Well he wwent and punched the shed outside a few times and came back in with a HUGE pinky. The shed was very flimsy but he just happened to punch the Post...lol. it was very sturdy. well my hand hurts. ttyl

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  16. I am a 39 years old woman, i got so angry at my mother-in-law that i punched the wall in my room giving me a'boxer's fracture. I still can't believe i did that. Next time i will aim at her face. LOL just kiding.

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    1. i hit a face and still got a boxers fracture
      not a good idea

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    2. Hey I have a metacarple break and the doctor put me in a splint and not a cast it was like a carpl tunnel brace.But anyway at 3 weeks they said it was healed and that i could take the brace off well I have done that but keeping the pnkey and ring finger taped together.It's still very tender and I cant bend my pinkey all the way down??? Is this Normal? And when or will I ever get mobility back again?

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  17. i had a boxer's fracture on each hand (on seperate occasions) and busted the ring finger metacarpal a week back.

    i didn't get any treatment for the boxer's fractures but i tried straightening the finger during recovery weeks when it started to curve and dip towards the other fingers. they haven't healed perfectly but they're straight enough.

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  18. encrustedmonkey@hotmail.co.uk10/08/2007 8:40 AM

    iv just come back from hospital where i learned i have o boxers fracture. the bone has totally snapped and i need to get it wired up. im pretty freaked out. wish id never picked a fight with that damn bus shelter. oh yeah it happened 3 days ago but when i went to a&e they said id fractured my wrist? dunno how they came to that conclusion, but i spent about 40 hours with my hand bent back in a cast. painfull. i am a bit miffed at that "mistake"

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  19. Hi everyone..this is subodh. I was playing basketball and i injured my left ring finger. i immobilised the finger for 3-4 weeks..and then started playing basketball again. then after the finger was still swollen i went to the doctor and he prescribed me physiotherapy..and i again stopped playing basketball. but it has been about 6 months to the incident now. and i recently did an x-ray out of curiousity....and there is a tiny fracture in my proximal phalanx. the doctor has now prescribed me to a plastic surgeon. my finger still hurts a bit when i try to touch the upper palm with it. what will a plastic surgeon do there? i am not doing anything if it costs a fortune to get it all perfect..if anyone has suggestions please email me at: subodh_kc@yahoo.com

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  20. The other night me and my friends got into a bit of a scuffel I punched one of them with there head flat against the ground. Might as well of been a wall. I have swelling on the middle part of the left side of the back of my had my moms was an X-ray tech and figured it was a boxers fracture. And ohh how it hurts to push the shift key and get the keys out of my pocket... Don't Punch stuff I don't have health insurance and will provably have to live with this pain 4 ever!!

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  21. hey im steve im 17 and i wast at a party and got in a fight with some dude and broke my left hand 3 weeks have passed and i got in to another fight and i punshed this man in the forehead as hard as i possible could throwing bombs with my healthy hand and this morning it is massive and feels cracked but it doesnt hurt at all and i can move it well but it very swollen should i let it heal by itself without heading ot the doctor

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  22. I have had a boxers fracture for over a year now. after 8 surgeries, two of which required bone grafting (bone taken from my hip) I am still unable to make a fist, grasp anything and need to have further surgeries. If I had it to do all over, I would have let the bone heal on it's own. I actually broke the bone that runs across the top of my fifth metacarpal. Now i not only have a nasty, ugly scar on my hand, but on my hip as well. So, my advice, if it doesn't bother you and you can use it, don't let them cut you open.

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  23. I broke my 5th metacarpal in a jitsu competition back in november i was in a cast for 8weeks was still in loads of pain weeks after went back to hospital had more x-rays and doc jus said go 4 physio, ive had physio since february and only have slight improvement the stiffness in my hand has gone but my 4th & 5th finger still really hurt alot i cant do much with my hand dont have any grip, physio has refered me back to the doctor,
    i dont kno what to do am worried nothing will be done but why months on am i in so much pain!? and does any1 kno what doc may advise?

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  24. I broke my 5th metacarpal (boxers fracture) being an idiot at a mates bucks party. Decided i could smash a concrete roof tile with my right fist. I did manage to smash the roof tile bruce lee style but smashed my hand at the same time. my hand looked all bent out of shape afterwards so i managed to straighten it all back to normal soon afterwards. the following day decided to get an xray to make sure everything was fine only to find its broken. I feel like a goose now... cant work either.

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  25. Well, i kinda lost it the other day after an argument and hit a wall...a few times. My 5th finger and ring finer are now really painful, can't put any pressure on the tips, cant bend without pain and painful to the touch, also the pain runs right up the outside of my hand to my wrist and there's lots of swelling blah... sounds like a standard boxers fracture thingy everyones mentioned but i really wanna know how soon it heals up cause im in the middle of my GCSE exams, my next test is in about a week, and at the moment i can't properly hold a pen. Think i'll be ok sitting an exam in a week? Help :s

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  26. Hey everybody! Just a note to say that my son got a boxers break about three weeks ago when he was playing little league ball. He plays third base and catches, but that day he was playing third when he took a line drive shot to the hand that broke the bone right below the knuckle under the pinkie finger. He has been in a splint since then. I guess he will never learn his lesson because he still plays.

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  27. In September of 2007 I was at a bush party for a close friends birthday and things got a little hectic. After everything was apparently over with another guy came out of the bush and swung a large stick at my friend while I was 4 feet away from him. They ended up on the ground while the guy tried to continue using the stick so I grabbed the stick and started to punch him. We let him go because I am not about to beat somebody to that extent. I just wanted him to stop attacking my friend. I have tourette syndrome and about five minutes later I moved my pinky because of TS and realized that it wasn't moving very well. I went to the hospital to find out that I had a boxers fracture plus something else that was broken in between my knuckles. I had surgery 10 days later an had 2 pins put in. After they were removed I began physiotherapy. I had a second operation in January to remove scar tissue to improve movement. It has never been able to bend past around 90 degrees. This weekend I ended up getting very upset at a few different people but restrained and did not hit them. After I talked to them and got them out the door I was so mad that I did not punch them that I ended up turning around and punching a fence. I think that I might be broken again but not to the extent it was before. I google image searched for boxers fracture and I could not find one that looked at brutal as mine. The doctor was amazed.

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    1. hmm have you ever though maybe you had problems with your emotions I mean not trying to judge because it happens to me too so you may need to start looking to get some type of counseling.I also got a boxer's fracture for punching a door

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  28. Jadus DeVine7/04/2008 8:02 AM

    Boxers Fracture, Post Op, 5th Metacarpul, plate installed, ugly scar, 6 weeks healing still stiff, cant make a fist all the way yet, wondering if i ever will, ill let you know what happens

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  29. Oh my... lots of punching inanimate object comments. I've been there and done that without consequence. However, tonight... I'm pecking at the keyboard with my good left hand while my right one in a half brace. I was warned about alignment problems and I fear the worse after reading these comments. I'm a web designer probably at the end of the line. Shame, I snapped because the neighborhood hoodlums vandalized my car last night after I did my first day of quitting smoking. I punched my carpeted floor at home earlier today. I guess I just ended my career and my mortgage is soon to end me. I hate being infected with rage and I now have another issue to regret for life. Maybe us new disabled folk can start a support blog. Eh, probably not a good idea if we can hardly type now. Sigh.

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  30. i just got a boxers fracture in the fifth metacarpal knuckle which needed a pin. however when i pulled the cast/splint back to peek at it i noticed the pin is sticking straight up out of my hand about an inch and a half possibly two full inches away from the knuckle closer to my wrist. does anyone know why this is, when the x-ray showed the fracture on the knuckle? i have pics if anyone wants me to e-mail them to see what im talking about. thanks in advance for any help.

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  31. I have about 4 years of boxing training under my belt, and my advice (aside from DON'T JUST GO OFF AND PUNCH THINGS BECAUSE THAT'S SILLY) would be to make sure to punch mainly with your first 2 knuckles (pointer and middle fingers). This is why real boxers don't usually come in with boxer's fractures. Did I mention you shouldn't just punch things? Or people? Prevention, y'all. Worth a pound of cure.

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  32. i got pissed off and punched a wall and got a boxers fracture and they gave me 2 ace bandages and told me to go easy at hockey for 2 weeks

    not the most useful info

    if this is so common, why isnt there some kind of splint available?

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  33. glad to see im not the only nut who punches walls when i get pissed

    oh dude i did that on a military training and i could move it and everything and it didnt hurt much but it was swollen as hell i got in sooooooo much trouble with the medical staff

    it was hilarious
    but i still fulfilled all my duties so i dont see it as relevant
    my hand is just a funny shape now, but i dont care about that as long as it works

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  34. I got pissed off and hit the wall too. my right hand hit the stud behind the wall and i totally snapped the 4th and 5th bones. I could tell it was broken 'cause the bones were sticking up against the top off my hand. I went to the emergency room. they basicly charged a ridiculous amount of money to tell me to go see a surgeon... and i was like "yeah thats why i came to a HOSPITAL"
    anyway ... if you ever get pissed off and break your hand, dont even bother going to the hospital, just but a splint on it and make an appoitment with a specialist. the hospital wont do anything exept charge you thousands of dollars for a bandage. seriously.

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  35. I got a boxer facture a while ago. The college football players were peeing on my house I went out and told them to leave. So they started pulling my fence apart. One came at me and touch my neck. So I knocked him out, when he was on the ground he looked like a new born baby. It was like Ali vs. Frazier 15th round, with no boxing gloves. He was a son of a bicth bully, 6'4 240pound puck. next time I'll just call the police. Learn to punch with the top of your fists.

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  36. ****HELP!!!!!
    I am a female athlete who loves to kick-box. I didn't prep properly once before a workout to save time. Now I am healing from a boxer's fracture. It has been 6 weeks now and I still have a rather large and sore bump on the back of my hand. Does this ever go away? Anyone have photos to share, I would love to see how your hand looks! Email me at BadBoxerBabe@live.com
    Serious Responses Only Please!

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  37. I managed to do this playing soccer -- dove for a ball while playing goal, and the guy's foot connected squarely with my knuckle. (Of course, everyone now thinks I punched a wall -- I think the doctor even does, despite the fact that I showed up at the hospital in shinguards...but whatever.)

    I'm kinda worried -- the doc seems to think it's no big deal, but I can't get my hand to move right after 4 weeks, there's a big bump, and my little finger feels too close to the ring one. How much function have people regained? Full? Partial? Some deformity? A lot? None?

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  38. In my freshmen year of college I punched a steel elevator door and broke my 5th metacarpal. I went to see a hand specialist who suggest surgery. The surgery is performed using an IV block, and as a result there is little to no pain. I had 2 K-wires put through the 4th and 5th metacarpals and my hand was casted. 5 weeks later the cast came off, and I began to regain movement. After a few weeks I could make a complete fist and had full range of motion. On the top of the hand was a small bump which was hardly noticeable, and I experienced no pain or stiffness. My hand was good as new, surgery helps. Im now a sophomore and less than 1 year later I punched the front door to my house. I broke the same bone in a different place and had surgery a second time. It was by means of the same procedure except now i have a plate running along the top of the 5th metacarpal held down by 5 screws. I really wish I didn't have a tendency to punch things. With surgery there is a good chance of a full recovery from the first break. Hopefully a second break heals just as well.

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  39. I broke mine off the back of some kids head LOL!

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  40. i broke my 5th too but from 2 years and the bones are back to normal but the pain still the same when i move my last finger and solutions for that

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  41. I'm a 32 y.o. female who broke the 5th metacarpal of my left hand almost 4 weeks ago. The injury was the result of a minor car accident. My fracture is closer to the wrist than the knuckle, and it is an angular fracture. Doctor tried to reduce the fracture manually, but I had to have 2 pins inserted a week ago. Surgeon recommends keeping the pins in for 3 weeks....we'll see how it goes. The whole incident is complicated by the fact that I'm due to have my 1st child in about 3 weeks!

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  42. I broke my fifth metacarpal years ago by punching the house when my mom called my girlfriend a bitch and got a cast. A few days ago while being yelled at by another girlfriend I punched a mini fridge full of beer(I was not drinking or it wouldnt have been full) and broke it a little higher up. I had medicaid the first time, but I dont have insurance now, and I cant afford to get it fixed. Im just going to keep my hand flat and try not to hit anything for a while. Do any of the doctors on this site have any suggestions? The E.R doc. told me to hit the woman next time, but then who would bail me out of jail?

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  43. No medical advice is provided on this website. Please see a physician.

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  44. i got in to a fight about two weeks ago and i went to the doc and they said i need surgery.so i got it and they had to put pins in my finger next to my pinky.so how long u guys think ill be in a cast after surgery or do i just cut it off by myself?

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  45. my son is a varsity high school wrestler....he lost a match..it was an important match....he punched a wall out of anger...
    he has ..of course the dreaded boxers fracture(small crack on knuckle above the pinky)...its wrapped in a splint...and ace bandage(done at the emergency room that nite..along with xrays)...this occured 5 days ago....he sees the orthopedic doctor tomorrow....he feels that he can wrestle in another 2 weeks...since he doesnt feel much pain...can you give me advice as to whether or not this may cause greater damage or if he may be okay...of course we will talk to the doctor as well...please email me at lundybc1100@aol.com..and tell me your experience if youre an athlete...and had a similar experience.

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  46. i fought the wall and the wall won, i fought the wall and the wall won. XD

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  47. Hi,
    How did the wrestler ever make out? My son did the same exact thing last night at his match.... his districts are in 3 weeks (probably wont make it there) he had it xrayed, set in the ER last night and re xrayed. They put a splint on and ace wrapped it. We need to see Ortho this coming week.

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  48. If the soccer player emails me at badboxerbabe@live.com I will send photos of my boxer's fracture. I too had all the same symptoms and FINALLY after 6 months, therapy, and home therapy I am seeing improvement. I left a comment above a while back and was very concerned about the pain stiffness and bump. Yes it still hurts a little, and is slightly stiff at times but over-all the bump has gone down and I have movement and feel much better. For a short while during my healing process I even had terrible numbness in my hand and fingers (it went away finally). I am hoping progress continues. I will admit I was VERY scared for a while thinking I would never see any improvement and would have to stay with a totally messed up hand for life. I cried often because everything I loved doing, my hobbies and sports seemed so far off. Now I am able to do so much again. Good Luck!

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  49. Got the boxer's fracture a week and half ago, (of coz...by punching the wall). Pin was put in last week. Today i went to a followup. Took a xray and the bone is healing so quick i can hardly see the crack. Now i'm waiting to pull the pin out. GL every "boxers"

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  50. I'm a 24 year old female, and keep my feelings bottled up. However, three weeks ago, I got into a row at home, and just snapped, and punched the table about 3 consecutive times. Afterwards my hand was very swollen and bruised. It was painful but I could still use it, and was using it the next day at work.

    After about a week or so when the swelling had disappeared, I noticed a bump under my skin, half way down my fifth metacarpal (not in the neck as in the cases above). I'm presuming it is fractured, however I never sought medical help. I can use my hand fully, but I do get pain at times on certain movement (such as spreading my hand to pick up a large item like a jar). The bump itself is not painful, and oddly enough, the pain I experience is actually felt in the Triquetrum and Pisiform area, further down towards my wrist (I don't know if these are the correct terms - I'm referring to a hand-anatomy diagram), so I'm beginning to wonder if I have broken more than my 5th metacarpal?

    In trying to treat myself at home, I have been wearing a tight sports support brace. I decided to start wearing it 2 weeks after the actual incident, when I became suspicious of a fracture.

    I do however still have intermittent pain in the Triquetrum and Pisiform area whenever the brace is off (I've been wearing it for about a week now). Has anyone else had this and had a diagnosis? Can anyone advise me?

    Thanks.

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  51. I am a 48 year female and I got into a fight with a friend- we both had been drinking, anyway, ended up with a boxer fracture that needed 6 pins, 2 plates and 2 wires - The Dr. said it would take about 9 months for a full recovery. I have never been in a fight before, but i re-acted in self defense and pretty much didnt stop hitting her until I couldnt make a fist anymore - needless to say I am paying for it now. We were both charged with Misdemeanor A & B. and are now awaiting trial :( - we are no longer friends after 20 years.

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  52. I had a boxers fracture, it happened on super bowl night. I did not even punch anyhting I fell down my stairs. Mind you I only had one beer. I had my cast on for 4 weeks. It has only been a week since I had it taken off and it still feels like it is broken. I am right handed, which is where the break was right behind my pinky finger. It sucks I can not move my pinky or make it straight. The bone where I broke it is not even connected to my knuckle.. I do not know if I should have the surgery done or not. Someone please let me know if it would be worth it.

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  53. No medical advice is provided here. You must see a doctor.

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  54. i have a boxers fracture it happened 2 wks ago while in my room, my house mates were having a house party and this fella was banging down my room door, i went out and he attacked me so i puched him and after felt the pain in my right pinkie. i had surgery a week ago and im so worried until i get my x ray on monday. the doctors didnt use pins they did it manually the cast is very uncomfortable and i feel bad pains sometimes.

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  55. It has been 7 weeks since my boxers break. Does anyone know if my knuckle will ever come back up and the big lump I have go down?

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  56. I fractured my 4th metacarpel over 5 months ago,
    after beating someone to the face.
    First of all got a cast for 2 weeks,
    then when i went back they told me i needed imediate sergery the next day...
    The next day they tell me it will be fine and i will just loose my knuckle etc etc.
    The next visit they change they're mind again, seriously I dont think they even had a clue so in the end i chose not to have sergery.
    Wore a splint for a further 3-4 weeks or something, movement was hard at first.
    Although now i dont feel any particular pain, most activities feel weirdly different like holding handle bars for example its ridiculously annoying.
    Most people comment on the appearance of my hand and say it looks weird or not quite right.
    It feels the cold almost twice as more as the other hand and turns a dark purple/blue colour when cold.
    I try and put it out of my mind, but everyday i wake up and stare at it in awe wishing it could go back to the way it was..

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  57. I got a boxers fracture about 8 days ago, haven't been to the doctors at all, swelling has gone down, the large cut on my knuckle has nearly healed and i have almost full movement already and pretty much zero pain unless my dumb ass friends deliberately shake my hand really hard lol, however both my 4th and 5th knuckles are slightly less defined as they used to be and i have a small lump at the top of my 5th metacarpal. In the future will my hand be weaker than it used to be or will it fully heal? and if so is it to late to have surgery at 8 or 9 days? Also i started doing upper boys at gym again on day 8, and it doesn't really heart, just goes a little numb, is it bad to do heavy lifting this early? Also will steroids help my hand heal? is strapping a good idea or will it just deform it more?

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  58. Please see a physician immediately. This website/comments cannot be used for medical advice.

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  59. i suffered a "boxers fracture" one night from punching my couch. 2 days later i went to the emergency room to see if it was broken, they gave me a fiberglass cast that wraps half way around my hand and arm, and refered me to an orthopedist. i cant afford to go to that dr, so am keeping the cast i got at the er on. the guy who put it on told me i could take it off for bathing but not to move my hand around. so heres my problem, when i remove the cast, the pain i suffer makes me want to put it right back on, and its fine during the day if not wrapped too tight with the ace bandages, but at night, the cast causes so much discomfort it wakes me several times, which is why i am awake at 5 in the morning....so i am wondering how often its ok to remove the cast. i have 3 children toddler age and am afraid i will end up hurting my hand worse....

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  60. Im 27 and have had around 10 or more boxers fractures since I was a teenager. This time I managed to break the fifth metacarpal on both hands at the same time. One was really bad and had to have 2 pins in it. Had my casts off about 2 weeks ago.vMy right hand is ok now and feels normal but Im struggling to make the other one into a straight fist as it protrudes out about 1cm. Still a little swelling though so I expect it to go back to normal. The doctors were amazed when they saw I had broke both hands at once. They also pointed out rotational deformity in the last 2 fingers on both hands due to all the breaks over the years. All my knuckles are also sunken. Think before you punch something is my advice:-ie DON'T PUNCH IT. I hate it when I break my hands, its an awful experience during and aftermath

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  61. whats the basic cast recovery time?

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  62. I just got this one friday.. its monday now... tomorrow i see the dr again... would they cast it again?:(

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  63. ive had numerous boxers fractures , fights boxing baseball all that i have 2 right now left hand and right hand pinkys but im fine the left one is killen me but i refuse to see a doctor im iceing it, putting bayer and icyhot on it , ibuprofen and aleve, then add heat after and splint it ill be good in a week or so ive done this process but i advise u seek a doctor to take an x ray.

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  64. i also suffered a boxer's fracture. 5th metacarpal. the hospital is charging me $300 the doctor is charging me over $600 and the specialist already charged me $350 and expects me to pay him more money for another x ray and follow up, haha follow up...after having to cough up almost $1500 i think ill take my chances. I am sick and tired of paying money to these$^&%$&. As you can tell, I have no health insurance. I am a 24 year old student/waiter and have been working with a broken hand since the incident happened just over a month ago.( I don't say it for simpathy, my point is that I can't afford this even working.) I have been trying to take care of it as much as i can but today when i found out the specialist expects me to cough up more money i took off my splint and i'm leaving it all to god's metacarpals... If you know of what i should do for therapy let me know. i can easily make a fist and even a tight fist. I am worried because i cannot open my hand all the way, all the fingers open except the pinky, any advice will be greatly appreciated!!! nelson_rolo@hotmail.com

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  65. also any thoughts on this brace?
    http://www.dme-direct.com/boxer-splint-fracture-brace-hely-weber-tko-boxers-splints/

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  66. Yeah, I got one of these the other day actually.
    I was playing dodgeball, and I ran up to grab the ball, and I did grab it, but I stood up, and I got clotheslined. Well, when I went down my hand smashed off the gym floor which hurt enough. Well, instead of getting up and decking the kid, knowing I'd get in trouble. I hit the gym floor as hard as hard as physically possible for me, cracking the wood and leaving an indentation where my fist hit! XD Afterwards I got up and blew a hole in one of the bleachers in the gym. I hit with the wrong knuckle and of course, left me with a Boxers Fracture. However it is in my ring finger, not the pinky.

    I'm not doing anything to facilitate it's healing. I'm just not using my right hand that much, maybe besides typing that's really it.
    The pain is also slowly going away. so, i'm basically just waiting it out.
    But yeah I bowl righty, so it's not easy for me to stand for this especially since I'm really good.
    Fortunately, I can bowl left as well.
    Anyway, good luck with your fracture's guys.

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  67. i had a fracture after punching at full force a concrete wall (it had wall paper on it, an optical illusion)

    i had surgical repair dont to my brawlers fracture, one external pin and one pin underneath the skin.

    im at my 6th week of healing, and im using my hand at full capasity, but i still cant make a fist.

    i have no idea whats up with that

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  68. Yep. I did it. Cant make a fist after 3 weeks and cant straighten the litle finger. Have the lump on back of hand and have been told that the knuckle wont be seen again. I want to know if the finger had been splinted at the ER would would this have helped

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  69. I had a boxer's fracture after punching a wall in frustration. Got a fiberglass partial cast, continued work the same day working as a courier...carried the packages by balancing them on my arm with the broken hand as i had no dexterity to use my fingers in cast...hurt like hell for awhile...was told by first specialist it would heal fine, cast rotated one night, and went to a different hospital...they did another x-ray, said i re-broke the hand and there was substantial 'scissoring'...they recommended i see initial specialist immediately...she saw the new x-ray, said all was fine...meanwhile the second hospital said i needed surgery...i said screw it...kept the cast on 2 weeks longer than recommended by the first doctor, for a total of 6 weeks, as i felt it was the right thing to do...could not afford physio, so i took the cast off myself, began easy exercises, trying to make a fist every night, forcing my pinky down into the right position, also stretched my pinky, pulling itas far away from my ring finger as possible and holding it there for a couple minutes...did this every night for 3 weeks...it took about 2 weeks before the scissoring corrected itself and 3 weeks to make a comfortable fist...now i lift weights, and it's probably not 100%, but with most exercises it's fine...I've even hit the heavy bag full out a couple times, being careful to punch with the first 2 knuckles...it still aches sometimes, but that's the price you pay for being stupid...so it's not all that bad...just be vigilant with stretching it and making a fist as soon as possible ...force it into position with your other hand..that was my method..hope this helps

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  70. me and my buddy got into an argument and i punched his car. a lil tipsy. was really swollen but everyday it went down and i was able to move my pink more and more everyday. i could even workout and make somewhat of a fist with generally no pain. no bruising so i didnt think it was broken but after a week and a half i decided to go to the doc and found out it was broken and put me in a cast. im goin to the ortho on monday and im really nervous bout if i have to get surgery or not. im a classical guitar major and school starts soon. i could play pretty decent with no pain before the cast, just a lil stiffness. from what i read on here it doesnt seem like mine is that severe. i could push down on the bump fairly hard and it didnt hurt. im really scared that this is going to be bad down the road with guitar. somebody give me peace of mind. thanks djeb03@sbcglobal.net

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  71. im 17, i do kick boxing and i was practicing the under punches and my left hand collided with my right hand on the right side in a fist so my little finger. i didnt have gloves on and there was alot of pain, numbness and tingling. is it broken?

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  72. You need an X-ray to see if the hand was broken or not.

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  73. i got in a fight about 3 weeks ago and when it went to the ground i hit the dude and his head was agaist the concrete of the parking garage and when i did it broke my 5 metacarpal into several peices. i had surgery and they put a plate w four screws in it and everything seemed nice. the other day i grabbed something really hard with my right hand and i feel like i messed it all up. i think i might just ride it out though. im really not sure what i should or want to do?

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  74. 36, female, i got mad & punched a glass door without even thinking. amazingly it didnt break the glass, thank God.i was told by my Boyfriend/angry maker, that the glass made huge ripples outward like when you throw a rock in a lake and then the ripples went back the other way.very glad it didnt break!thank God.
    i did get a boxers fracture which should be called a boxers break cause the top of my bone came clean off and went down to the side. had surgery 4 weeks ago, got the pins out today. very stupid i know! but i have to say its been a nice vacation.

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  75. ***UPDATE*** I posted a year ago on here... this is an update. I had a rather large bone bump on the back of my hand after my boxer's fracture. The bump has gotten drastically smaller! Over the past year I went to physical therapy for the boxer's fracture 4 times after my cast was removed (I did not need surgery or pins and I had no rotation in the bone, but had a 5% downward angle.) I broke my fifth metacarpal just below the knucle. All they did in physical therapy was apply heated air, after I did a few exercises. I used rubber bands, a twisty thing for wrist strength, and they massaged my hand and stretched it. I could do all this at home, but in addition to what I did in therapy I bought a grip master, some therapy putty, and a gel egg that I could heat up and squeeze. Plus the heating pad wrapped around my hand afterwards worked wonders. I even used one of those ice/heat muscle creams on my hand after I gave myself therapy. I gently stretched my finger forward and back afterward and held it. I did this for aboout 6 months regularly. My hand healed wonderfully. I have full range of motion too. As a matter of fact the pinky on the brpken hand is more flexable that the healthy hand! However, everytime it rains my hand aches in the spot where it was broken. The hand still has a dull ache on and off in both the palm side and back side where it was broken. The bump is about the size of a small pea. I have no visable knuckle by my pinky when I straighten my hand, but my hand looks perfectly normal when I make a fist. When I make a fist my knuckle appears normal and the bump disappears. I am not reccommending any of the things I did to anyone as I am not a doctor. I am just informing those of you who have just broken your hand, or those of you who broke your hand a while ago what my personal experience is. If anyone has had simular experience my email is badboxerbabe@live.com, you can email me. I am especially concerned with the dull ache I have after a year, and the ache when it rains, and I need some input from those with simular experience. Good luck to all!

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  76. Thank you for your update. Glad you are doing OK... :)

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  77. its been 23 days and i am still in my fiber glass and ace bandage splint. i have a dr appt in 6 days to remove it. but i dont sleep. the splint keeps me up, i feel like im tied down i want to take it off myself. maybe put it back on tomorrow. is this a bad idea? i didnt need pins or anything and the doc says its healing nicely. i havent had a full nites sleep in 23 days. only time i sleep is when i take the vicoden, and, obviously as it is 515am, thats not helping anymore. i just want this thing off.

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  78. i got a boxers fracture 3 days ago.i went to the er they put my hand in a fiberglass hlf cast.went to the specialist today.he said it was a very light fracture and shoul.d heal in 3 weeks.he told me to take calcium tablets.i go back for x rays in 4 weeks.oh yea,,they said calcium tablets realy speed the healing process

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  79. i just recieved my bokers fracture on Oct 31st. it sucks

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  80. I'm a 78 yr old female who tripped and fell and am now coping with a boxer's fracture. The accident was 7 weeks ago and I continue to have pain and swelling of my hand. I do have hand therapy twice weekly and even am wondering if the therapy agitates the pain and swelling. I initially had a cast and then a splint later on and am now sleeping with the splint on. Wondering how long this will continue to cause me such discomfort?

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  81. hi i'm sophie and i got into a fight with my auntie about 4 weeks ago and instead of hitting her i hit the wall and ended up with a boxer's fracture n i've got my GCSE's coming up n really struggling with it i've had my cast off but it still hurts is there something to help with the pain without painkillers?

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  82. I got a boxer's fracture around five weeks ago. Lost a bout with a shelf after a frustrating argument with my g/f. Had surgery and had two pins put in. The fracture is in the fifth metacarpal. My hand is still very stiff and I can't make a full fist. I also can't bend my wrist back as my other hand. I'm trying to exercise the hand daily but it hurts like crazy when trying to make the fist. Have another doc appt in six weeks and start physical therapy next week. Doc says eventually may have to take the pins out. Man, I hope I get full use of my hand back. I'm a weight lifter and can't do jack. The shelf feels neutral about the whole thing.

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  83. i went to the er last night after getting angry and hitting a wall and they told me i have a boxers fracture. im an 18 year old female with a little temper :) im am scared to death that the orthapedic is going to tell me i need a pin in it! my parents wont buy my pain meds cause they want me to suffer lol this sucks

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  84. Im about to get a wire put in for my boxers fracture which i got punching my friends head. Bit worried, do they take the wire/plate out again? Wats the advantage of a wire over a plate because they said if a plate goes in il not need a cast but if a wire does then itl be casted for 4 weeks??

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  85. Got a boxer's fracture from MMA training. I had surgery and doctor's inserted 2 k-wires to hold my 5th metacarpal fracture in place. I was then placed in a cast for 4 weeks. Cast went off a week ago and they already pulled out my wires. After 3 session with the physical therapist, i was able to regain wrist motion and can now close my fist except for the pinky in just one week. Although my fingers are still weak, I think they are doing better with joint blocking/stretching exercises 3 times a day.

    The pinky is hella stiff because of the immobilization due to casting. Ill probably regain full motion of it 1 month from now.

    My advise, follow your doctor and go the physical therapist immediately to manage your muscle weakness so you can get complete mobility ASAP. And don't do hand stretching exercises which the doctors didn't order. You may risk getting a refracture or you may hit a nerve. Don't prolong or worsen the agony. Deal with it with professional help.

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  86. got a boxer's fracture several days ago. broke a mailbox with my fist and it returned the favor. pins go in tomorrow. anybody know what kind of pain to expect in this course of treatment?

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  87. i cant type the same, nor can i play guitar the same..and guitar is my life..well it WAS my life.. i punched my door while i was on xanax alcohol and marijuana oh and lorcet. i have quit everyone but alcohol, but my 5th metacarpal is too close to my 4th as one person put it, and sometimes i feel i am living for nothing all because of the pain one girl put me through.

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  88. Since there's not a lot of detail on the web about the whole experience, I figure I should share mine to put some calm into anyone who gets this injury in the future.

    I got a boxers fracture (of the 5th metacarpal) about 6 weeks ago with significant angulation and displacement. It was surgically set with 2 k-wires and casted for 4 weeks. If you go this route, expect a good amount of pain for the first 2 days after surgery (the pain relievers worked wonders)...after all, the surgeon basically put two nails into your hand. Once the first few days are over, the pain is non-existent and it is just the annoyance of having a cast. To make things easier on yourself, ask the person who applies your cast to go only 1/3rd or midway down your forearm if possible, else it will cover up to your elbow. Mine only went 1/3rd of the way down. The casting period went by slowly but surely and the only concern I ran into some numbing on the side of my pinky finger. I was told that this is common as the outer pin was really close to the nerve that runs down that finger.

    4 weeks after surgery, the cast came off and the pins came out which didn't hurt at all. The only thing you feel is the finger pressure of your doctor as he/she holds your hand in place to slide the pins out. My ring and pinky fingers could barely move from the immobilization period and the slight numbness on the side of my pinky was still there even with the pin out. I was told this will go back to normal in a month.

    I went to a physical therapist right away and they stretched the joint by pushing on various parts of my hand. They gave me 6 hand stretches to do several times a day. These exercises hurt like hell at first to the point where I felt like I may be re-breaking something. Rest assured though, my therapist told me that as long as I only use my own hand strength in completing the stretches, no damage would be done (don't use your other hand to assist in the stretching for the first 2 weeks). I did 3 or 4 times the recommended daily repetitions and had full motion of my ring finger in 4 days. Within a week most of my pinky motion came back and I could close my fist again. The stretches were definitely hurting less to complete as well. It's been almost 2 weeks without the cast now and the range of motion of my pinky is about 90%. I don't really need that last 10% for any practical purposes but I'm going to keep up my stretching until the motion matches the unbroken hand. The joint still stiffens up a bit when I sleep but the motion comes back after a few minutes of stretching in the morning.

    I have an appointment in 2 weeks (8 weeks after surgery) to clear me for strengthening exercises. The joint moves and feels good enough to do anything, but I'm going to avoid any lifting or pushing as the doctor ordered. Everyday activities like making food, showering, brushing teeth, etc with the injured hand are all back to normal.

    My advice: if you have a good amount of angulation and surgery is an option, then take it. These types of fractures are often very unstable and I elected for surgery to get the job done right the first time. You may be overwhelmed at first, but try not to stress out too much about your hand. 1.5 months of rest may seem like a long time, but the important thing is that everything heals correctly and you regain full functionality. 1.5 months is almost insignificant when compared to the rest of your life and surely you don't want to be stuck with any hand disfunction. Don't do anything with the injured hand while it's casted and once you do get the cast off, think hard about anything you're doing BEFORE you do it. Don't go opening jars or wringing towels without thinking about how it could hurt your hand.

    Getting my boxers fracture was a setback, but it definitely wasn't the end of the world. Go easy and give your body the time it needs to heal. Within 2 months, you'll regain full function and everything will be back to normal.

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  89. This place is, if not a valuable resource for people with this problem, a comforting place for people in this situation. I, like many others here hit a wall in drunken anger, and find this site quite a resource for a few reasons. Although, as is frequently mentioned, this is not a place to get medical advice, this has been incredibly interesting in researching my plight. After reading these heartfelt and one handed typed responses(lol) I now realize that I still can use my pinky typing, can make a decent fist, and straighten my hand out, so although I can't see my knuckle yet because of the swelling, if I did fracture my bone, it is hopefully very minor and I am grateful. There seems to be no rotation for the most part either(I am not sure because of the swelling), so I am hoping it is only a severe strain with bruising. I have not gone to a doctor and am probably stupid for having so-far self-diagnosed, but generally feel that my inner belief is usually right.

    One thing that I read that also helped in figuring out whether or not it is broken that I learned from another website is to push down on the bone above the metacarpal that you suspect is broken. This will be very painful as I understand if broken and is a test done in the emergency room, however if it is not particualarly bad or fine you may experience little or nothing, pulling would also produce the same, if not worse results so dont try either on my word please.
    I write this because I am sure that a lot of people here are looking for info before they go to the doctor. I can only say my experience so far, but I hope I am alright. I will try to report back in a little while.

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  90. I got angry at the hot water heater when I heard how much it will cost to fix it. Punched it, boxers fracture, displaced by 70degrees. In the end the hot water heater only cost $60. I am about to lose $1000.00 loss of wages for not being able to work. EEEEEEEDIOT! I returned to look at the small ding in the water system for solace. no solace.

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  91. I got a boxer's fracture (fifth metacarpal, 75 degree angulation,with bad rotation) nearly two weeks ago now. Same 'ol story, lost a fight with a wall. Initially I thought the swelling, bruising and bleeding inside the skin was just from the impact but after two days when the pain and everything got worse, I decided to go to A&E.

    After spending hours inside and getting four xrays, three doctors were arguing over whether or not to admit me, and take me to surgery straight away. Eventually they decided on a temporary cast and a follow up the next day. This ended in a painful realignment (which I was told would almost certainly pop back out)and a terribly done cast, though the caster provided some comic relief in relation to the stupidity of the angry young man. I've spent a week in this cast now with it full of cracks and my fingers coming out of place.

    Well now I'm waiting to go back in tomorrow. I have mixed feelings about to expect with healing time and of movement after judging by what has been posted, some great stories and tragic ones. I'm a guitarist and archer so I'm hoping when all's well and done it won't affect this.

    If anyone has had a similar break I'd love to hear about your experience and recovery. Contact me at timmyoshea0@gmail.com

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  92. i have one of those right now doctor said im gonna end up with a flat knuckle and dat if i dont want that flat knuckle i should have surgery. Am i going to end up with this flat knuckle

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  93. Broke my 5th metacarpal in a fight. I punched the back of someones head when they were on top of me. My fist swole up to the size of a baseball. I got surgery and had 2 pins put in it. Its been 2 weeks after surgery and i have a big lump in my hand and my pinky knuckle sticks out alot while the 4th knuckle is sunken and and cannot be seen. I can barely make a fist without my pinky poking out. I have probly 1/4 of the range of motion as i do on my other hand. Definately a shitty and costly experience.

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  94. I punched a wall in frustration (NEVER EVER DO THAT AGAIN) and broke my 5th metacarpal of right hand (luckily not the head but just below it). Anyways, surgeon inserted 3 k-wires and removed them and the cast after 5 weeks. now, after 6 total weeks from day of surgery my 4th knuckle is still sunken and pink knuckle is swollen. I can barely make a fist (pinky stays away half an inch from touching the palm and is still stiff & sore). Will my right pinky ever be fully functional again. How many more weeks should i expect?

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  95. I got a boxers fracture about a week and a half ago, I got punched at school so my natural reaction was to hit back and when i hit him i didnt feel any pain, i was lucky the teachers broke it up otherwise i would of done more damage. I broke my 4th and 5th metacarpel broke 1 knuckle and dislocated another, ive got wires in it at the moment and a weird cast that comes halfway up my arm. Getting the wire pulled out in about 3 weeks, i had london irish trials in rugby as well so i missed out on them so im pretty gutted. but anyway i hope it gets better and to every other breakeees lol.

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  96. I got boxer's fracture 10 years ago on right fifth metatarsal. Broke my hand on my Brother's car after a fight. Got a cast for 30 days and went out and boughta punching bag, set it up and re broke it. Had surgery and a plate with 6 screws was installed. I still have pain from time to time, like right now...Not sure why, but no medical coverage or money to do anything about it.

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  97. I punched a freinds mock bullet proof airsoft vest and now have a boxers fracture on my right hand pinky, unforcenuntly I waited to long to get it looked at, it has almost heald. I am waiting for my insurence to back up a surgery...
    the moral of the story is never punch eny thing.....:)

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  98. 5TH METACARPAL BROKEN - 3RD TIME - 2 SURGEONS SAYING PUT 2 PINS IN - THE MAIN OPERATING SURGEON SAYING LEAVE IT IN A CAST - KEEPS FALLING OUT OF PLACE WHEN THEY MANIPULATE IT - HE SAYS WILL HEAL FINE AND HAVE FULL ROTATION ETC BUT WILL HEAL WITH A BUMP AT AN ANGLE.

    ANY IDEAS - POWER IS IN MY HANDS - HAVE THE OPTION OF SURGERY - TO PIN OR NOT TO PIN, THAT IS THE QUESTION?

    EMAIL NIGHTMAN@HOTMAIL.COM

    THANKS IN ADVANCE TO ANYONE WHO SEE'S MY PLEA!

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  99. After reading all these comments, I have to say I dont know if the doc I saw is infact a maschoist or the angulation on my break isn't significant.

    Long story short I hit a cupboard door on monday night, went to A&E more due to the sight of the localised swelling rather then any significant pain in the fracture area, and was told I had a boxers fracture. My little finger was strapped to my ring finger with 2 strips of medical tape, a bandage in the middle and given a sling to keep my hand raised for a couple of days.

    Saw the doctor wednesday morning, and he got me to make a few hand movements. Then basically told me I won't have a pinky knuckle anymore but not to worry & just need to keep my fingers strapped(see above.) changing them every few days and doing a simple clenching exercise for 3 weeks before going back for a check up. No cast, no pins, no urgent surgery. Typing away fine at work, still play my ps3 and can handle things ok. There is a absolute bare minimum of pain as well.

    Obviously I'm avoiding any heavy loads or making a full fist in this early stage, but I've got off very lightly by the sounds of it!

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  100. Had a boxer's fracture about 2 months ago. The injury required 2 pins. The splint and pins came off after 6 wks. After 1wk I could completely close my fist and have full range of motion. The strength in my wrist has also come back. Should make a full recovery in a few wks. Bottom line if you need surgery to repair your hand then take it. Better to have a fully functional hand than not.

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  101. i had a boxer's fracture 9 weeks ago treated with taping and a splint. the pinky finger now extends out to the right and goes under the ring finger when i try to make a fist. Doc said oh the joint is turned a little.
    i'm still having pain in the palm of my hand and can't close my fist. am going to make appt with hand specialist.

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  102. Re: "going to make appt with hand specialist."

    Good idea.

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  103. I just had my cast removed today. It's been casted with 3 pins for the past 4 weeks. As of day one I cannot move my pinky finger in an up/back motion at all...it's freaking me out. I can move all other fingers just fine. Is it normal not to be able to move my pinky yet?

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  104. I am currently in a splint because I punched my frig. This is my second one in 3 years. This time its my 5th meta and the time before it was my 4th. I have to go see a orthopedic surgeon because I might have pins.

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  105. I got boxers fracture around 5-6 weeks back.
    I punched a wooden fence very hard and ended up knocking my pinky knuckle down my hand and fracturing my fifth metacarpal. I had a cast for about 5 days not too long, followed by a buddy wrap for around 2 weeks. The hand itself has healed rather well, it is functioning good despite the fact that my pinky knuckle is still sunken in my hand and i also still quite a large bump, which according to the microsurgeon is normal for when a bone is healing.

    I guess I got off lucky since I didn't require surgery or didn't suffer any rotation. I just have to live with my hand like this which really sucks. Lesson learnt the hardway!
    I just want everyone to know, Never punch anything without the right hand protection.
    Best of luck to everybody on this forum.

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  106. I got a boxers fracture playing rugby, got a splint, and now 4 weeks later it is supposed to be healed. but i have pain when i straighten it (to the left of the knuckle) not sure why. And i want to play this week in the finals...

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  107. i got mine on my birth day got a little to drunk punched alot of difrent things not sure when i broke it but but prob made it worst its been for weeks since the cast came off i can make a full fist its a little stiff but i think thats normal im a cook and need to lift things be quick with a knife and it almost feels like it did before it was a bad break to jagged they just put it in a cast with no pins or anything but i have a big bump on the back of my hand i guess im just gonna have to live with it but for pepole who read this forums like i did dont get scared just work it out once the cast comes off dont baby it and you will be fine

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  108. PUNCHED A METAL POST 3 TIMES AND BROKE MY 5TH METACARPLE CLEAN IN HALF ( AND NOT THE NECK OF THE METACARPAL BUT RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE). WENT TO A PLASTIC SURGON, WHO LOOKED LIKED HE WAS IN HIS 70'S, AND TOLD ME I HAD 2 OPTIONS, GET RODS IN MY HAND OR LET IT HEAL ON ITS OWN AND DEAL WITH A BUMP ON MY HAND. TOOK THE SECOND OPTION AND DIDNT EVEN WEAR MY SPLINT AND CONTINUED TO WORK AND USE IT AS MUCH AS I COULD, IN 5 WEEKS MY HAND IT BACK TO NORMAL LIKE IT NEVER HAPPENED WITH ONLY A SLIGHT RAISED AREA.

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  109. i have the decision to put 1 pin in my hand tomorrow or let it heal on its own with a splint. The doctor said he reccomened surgery but another girl said i wouldn't do it because its more work and i want to start training as soon as possible. so im not guna do it. ill be punching my heavy bag in no time!

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  110. Spent this afternoon in the ER after Taekwondo today. Was testing for my orange belt (embarrassingly, not even an advanced belt) and doing the sparring. I have a (bad, I now realize) habit of blocking kicks with my hand. I'm not sure which kick did it because a few of them hurt, but not badly enough for me to even consider it might be broken.

    When I took my (now bloody) glove off, my hand was so swollen I figured my pinky was dislocated. Turns out to be boxer's fracture in 5th metacarpal on left hand.

    Probable surgery/pins on Monday. I'm 47 - maybe time to stop the physical stuff (but I love it). How old was Mr. Miagi???

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  111. this site is so lame. Everytime there is a legitimate question asked there is a 'see a doctor' response. If we WANTED to go to the doctors, we wouldnt be here posting. I am so angry about this i just punched a hole through my monitor. I dont have a boxers fracture, but i am now half man half machine like the bad guys in superman 3

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  112. Hit the fridge 5 weeks ago and didnt miss. Broke the 5th metacarpal at the neck which displaced and went under the shaft with considerable rotation. Bad news that rotation. After a fews day had an operation to realign the fracture which involved insertion of a long wire to maintain alignment. Placed in a half cast which was removed after 3 weeks and then advised to perform small flexion- extension exercises with the fingers. Gradually lost most of the stifness although the xray today showed the head of the MC had dropped a little compared to previous xrays but the doc said thats not a problem. Little fingers rotates slightly when making a fist and pushes in against my ring finger but doesnt overlap. Doc was very impressed with my recovery so far. Continuing active motion exercises until next visit in two weeks. Doc said no lifting, gym or bike riding. Will never be perfect but should be functional.

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  113. I just earned myself a Boxer"s fracture. They say I need pins put in but there are no openings. What could happen to my hand if I don't get the surgery?

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  114. I was an idiot my brother slapped me in the eye and I lost it I went outside and in a hulk moment punched a wall now I fractured the forth and fifth metacarpal and feel stupid and in hella pain,

    DON'T PUNCH WALLS THEY WILL WIN

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  115. Rachel Griffiths8/09/2010 7:14 PM

    im a 32 year old female and 5 days ago i had a fight because i caught someone breaking into my brothers car.
    i punched this person and they dropped to the floor so it was obviously a hard hit, i felt and heard the crack.
    I went to A and E and they x-rayed me and told me i have broken my 5th metacarpal in my right hand.

    Im scared stiff, they have strapped my little finger and 4th finger together until i go back to the hospital tomorrow for more x-rays until they decide what to do.
    I have taken my dressing off tonight just so i can carefully wash my hand and then ill put it back on.
    my little finger still will not move and is currently twisted towards my 4th finger.
    Does anybody have any idea on what they will say tomorrow, im nervous after reading all of these stories on here

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  116. Broke my 5th metacarpal punching a garage door keypad that wasn't functioning at 3 in the morning. It won. Immediately after punching, it looked like my pinkie knuckle had just moved back an inch (it was actually the bone sticking up). Went to hospital and freaked when I saw the x-ray. Went to a specialist the next day. He informed me that my break could go either way, meaning that I could opt for surgery or let it heal on it's own. No health insurance, so I decided to let it heal on it's own. I also got a second opinion and a 2-finger splint. Started trying to get it moving after 3 weeks. Fourth week doc said that he was glad he didn't do surgery and it should heal fine. It's been 5 weeks and I can barely make a fist or raise my pinkie upwards. Also a large bump on the back of my hand. Will this ever go away? Anyone have any updates from something similar?

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    1. Get a stress ball and squeeze as religiously as possible. I couldn't move my right hand at all - it was terrifying, but the stress ball/foam got it moving again. It's been a year and a half, I still can't write much with a pencil but it's mostly functional.

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  117. Sounds like the bone were not aligned properly ("the big bump") - you need another X-ray to verify the position.

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  118. I have exactly the same problem as 8/11/2010 12:14. Took off the cast today after wearing it off and on for four weeks. Doc said the bump would be there for the rest of my life and that my days as a hand model were over. "That's you," he said as he watched me stretch my disfigured right hand. My heart sank.

    It's been exactly 24 days since I broke it hitting a wall. My pinky doesn't raise up very high, I have a bump on the back of my hand, the pinky knuckle is lower than before, I still have slight pain on the broken spot and I have a tad bit of numbness on the tips of the pinky and ring finger. He said I would be healed fully in another month.

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  119. I punched a friend in the head a few times and I broke my 2nd metacarpal at the neck.
    First week or so in a splint...inflamed badly. Third week started doing exercises and left the splint off. Pushed back knuckle, limited range of motion upwards and numbness in the fingertip. Clench fist pretty well but pointer finger doesn't completely clench all the way. Wondering if I should get a second opinion and have pins put in. Some say it did more harm...some say it healed 100%. Did research and "they" say if its displaced more than a couple mm to get ORIF cause the knuckle can mess with the tendons and not function all the way. Looking at the x-ray...mine was a good 5-7mm displaced. I'm paying out-of-pocket for all dr visits and now have to fork over another 250.00 for an opinion for pins...I really need this finger to start working. I'll follow up on outcome...

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  120. How about we just punch pillows next time?

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  121. I am a 21 year old male and got a boxers fracture about 5 years ago in a fight, I have never mentioned this to any doctor so got no treatment at all (I didn't even stop using it realy) my little finger apears shorted by about 4mm and the area aches sometimes epecialy after writing, I have now come to the view that any problems I now have are to do with ligiments and muscle rather than bone (which must have healed by now) so when it aches I exercise it by opening and closing ect,

    However my favourite thing to do is grab a mug of hot drink with my hand right round it so that the heat get to it, it works wonders

    My hand as improved a lot recently but at times in the past I have had a lot of agro from it, and a lot of me wishes i had seen a doctor

    so my advice is that even though you hear some stories about people having surgery and still having problems you should at least discus the matter with a doctor,

    otherwise I will spank your bare bottoms good long and hard with my now OK(ish) hand and until those buttocks are as red as my face (and maybe ass) would be if I walked into A & E now and had to tell the nurse what Ive just told you lot lol

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  122. Update to 8/26 - Do NOT get surgery! Let it heal on its own.

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  123. Rachel Griffiths9/12/2010 7:52 PM

    update to 8/09/2010 7:14 PM

    weeks later i am still in a bit of pain, it still aches.
    when i went to the hospital i found that i havent broken the bone itself.
    it was actually snapped clean off at the knuckle.
    the doc couldnt do anything with it at all but strap my little finger to my 4th finger and tell me to do excercises.
    im left with a big bump on the back of my hand and a drooping little finger.
    i was told if it wasnt right in 4 weeks then theres nothing more they can do.
    i had just better not do it again as next time i cannot see there being any healing as it is still not right now

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  124. Got my macbook stolen. punched my door broke 4 bones in my hand. end of story.( dont punch things)

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  125. hey, yesterday i got mad and decided to punch a tree yes the tree won.. although there is a dent lmao... i got xrays done and i broke my 4th and 5th metacarple bones... well just under those they are both off quite a bit. my hand looked like a balloon. idk how it is right now because the doctor put me in a soft cast to bring down the swelling and gave me a sling to where 24/7. the people that say theyve gotten the pins and stuff. How bad was your brake? i think mine is pretty bad and hopeing i dont need surgery but i think imma need it.

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  126. My 13 yo son punched the ground after missing a pass in football practice about 4 weeks ago. It swelled up and hurt him a little but he refused to go to the hospital telling me it was okay! He has continued to play football (a receiver at that) and use his hand as normally as possible and the swelling went down. Within the last week I noticed his knuckle was gone and a huge lump was on top of his hand. Took him to the doctor who wanted x-rays. X-rays show Boxer's Fracture of the 5th metacarpal at the neck and it hasn't healed properly,going to ortho tomorrow. Has anybody had to have it re-broken and set properly or is that what the surgery does? I am worried about his hand for the future and all he is worried about is not doing anything until the football season is over!!!!! Any advice?????

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  127. hi i am a 27 year old man and i punched a wall when i lost it back in may 10 now after seeing 3 different ortho doctors at 3 different hospitals i go in for surgery next week oct 10 as it is at a 70 degree angle and the surgery involves
    *3 metal plates
    *a loop of wire
    *4 pins
    *and screws to screw the forth and fifth finger together
    so i would andvise a secound opinion if you are not happy as the other doctors said it would be ok and surgery was not needed ???

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  128. I got upset and punched a trailer wall at work. 30 yrs old w/o a broken bone in my life.

    Happened Oct 22nd, 2010 and my boss told me that I had 1 week to get better (or I'd get Fired due to the attendance policy)
    It was deemed not work related.

    Seen a bone specialist only to find out that there was good/bad news:

    Good - No pins
    Bad - Broke 5th Metacarpal and out of work for 6 weeks

    Had to take FMLA to keep my job and due to go back Dec 6, 2010.

    Looking forward to working again, but not the pain.

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  129. i got mad at wrestling practice yesterday and decided to punch wal... a padded wall at that..... the wall won the fight.... and now i broke my 5th metacarpel bone. sapposd to wrestle varsity as a freshman tamaro..... probably wasnt the best idea

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  130. one day at basketball practice i became frustrated and punched a concrete wall. i immediately knew my hand was broken when i had to push my 5th back into place. i had full motion and i figured i wouldn't tell anyone bc how much basketball meant to me. i even went to work the next day where i carry 50 pound bags of feed around a warehouse, i had pain and had a hard time picking the bags up. then my mother made me go to take xrays just to make me mad. she didnt know it was broken either. turns out i broke 4th and 5th. i had surgery on both on nov 22 and now am able to wear a removable splint. it feels fine i have full motion and no pain. its been 3 weeks and im thinking of playing basketball again while just taping and padding the hand. i want to play bc i realize how much i let down the team and i was the only returning starter. does anyone know how safe it would be to buddy tape it and tape it. im very aware of my surroundings and would be able to control mu hand at all times. i just dont wanna sit and watch them without me for 3 months like my doc said i would be out for

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  131. I got a boxers fracture 8 weeks ago, not from punching, or sports.
    I honestly just fell. Very worried about piano and guitar. My fracture is not healing. It doesn't hurt,
    But I cant do basic tasks with one hand... Like changing my sons
    Diaper and doing up my kids zippers,(it's a very snowy winter so far) or cooking them healthy meals. I'm a stay at home mom, so this poses problems. I'm going to the Drs Monday. Will I be able to have full range of motion if I get surgery? I need to play my music! I need to be able to look after my children. Please help me if you can cosauve@hotmail.com

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  132. I am a 24 year old male. I had a clean break in my fifth metacarpal... punched a door on New-years Eve.
    The physician on call said it was probably a sprain because I had no symptoms, which they claimed were "grinding pain" and "purple or green bruises." That was very easy to believe because it felt exactly like all the times sprained my ankles when I was a kid,and because it was "probably a sprain" I forgot about scheduling an appointment and concentrated on school instead.
    I, of course made sure to give it plenty of stretching and exercise to make sure my "sprain" healed properly. After two weeks the swelling went down and I saw that my hand was shaped wrong. "Nothing we can do about it now." says the Dr.
    In a way I got lucky. It could have been a lot worse, but in another sense I managed screw myself pretty royally after that.
    The moral of the story is that these things can be difficult to recognize, so if you even suspect that you have one, don't even think about it. Go in, get an X-ray, then you'll know for sure! And of course, it doesn't hurt if you know what a boxers' fracture is before you get one.

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  133. Strange coincidence there bro, broke mine on new years too, I lay the blame on the booze.

    never punching anything ever again is my resolution..

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  134. i got a boxer fracture like 5 yrs ago and never went to the dr for it till this wk and they did xray and they confirmed it was a boxer fracture with disfigeration of the hand i was wanting to know if any body would know what the orthopedic surgen will do or if any thing since its been that long ago since ive done that and now its giving me problems

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  135. So I went out drinking with some friends and when I got back home I found my room broken into, the place vandalized, as well as my stuff missing. Out of anger, I punched the wall. My hand got super swollen, but I was still able to move all my fingers, so I just ignored it. I bought a ACE brace and wore that for the next three months. However, when my hand healing hit a plateau, I went to visit the doctor. Turns out I had a variant of the boxer's fracture known as a reverse bennet fracture where the base of my fifth metacarpal had fractured. It turns out that there was a malunion where not only it attached wrong, but also partly attached to my 4th metacarpal. I've been to four different doctors and no one gives me the same answer. The first said that with some physical therapy, I'd be fine. The second said it was messed up for life and that eventually the joint would have to be fused. The third said it was too difficult to rebreak at the point of the fracture, but they could rebreak higher up and twist it so that my knuckle wasnt sunken. Finally the last doctor said I should wait a year. Its been about 9 months since my injury. I feel like my life is over before it really got started (I'm 22). Everything I do with the hand is a struggle, and its definitely started to affect my mental morale. If anyone has any advice on anything I'd really appreciate it. But yeah, moral of the story: Nothing in life is worth getting so worked up about that you ruin your health. When your health is in jeopardy, life becomes a hell. Take it from me.

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  136. i broke my 4th and 5th metacarpal, bones snapped straight up closer to my wrist..i was drunk and got pissed off nd instead of hitting the kid i punched the wall several times..its been 4 weeks already after surgery w 4 pins in my hand. 2 more weeks they coming out, just pissed cause im an artist and i hope i can still draw the same.

    and i also had a friend that broke his 5th metacarpal a year ago nd let it heal on his own, and now his pinky finger is curved towards palm he cant lift it at all. i suggest doctor and surgery if needed.

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  137. Heyyy guyss..i also got boxer's fracture punching a boy in the head..i let it heal naturally keeping it immobolized for 2 months..it has healed completely( i went to gym 1 week after the incident so it took longer tym to heal)

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  138. hi , i'm 17 n anger is in the tip of my nose ...so during tthis 14feb 2011 .. early morning i was angry with my brother and two other guys and at end of that day we even lost a science fair ...since morning i controlled my anger as far as i cud till the end of the day but wen i got bak at home at 6:pm i again had a lil' discussion wid my bro...and then all my controlled anger got burst ...and i hit my fist to the wall...this was not the first time i did so ..i hav even crushed my steel cupboard..nth happened to me ...so in conclusion i thought like a lil' anger shud not be controlled for long time coz at the end when it explodes it hurts a lottt..
    for now since i already have a boxer's fracture its been a month i am still casted .. after the cast is removed if i again hurt myself then it wud be a major problem coz its my right hand ....so some tips to controll my anger ...some alternative ways for exploding it wud be heartly appreciated
    Anida, nepal

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  139. ha 30 dias tive uma briga com minha mulher fiquei muito nervoso e soquei o guarda roupa,final das contas nada fez no guarda roupa mas meu dedinho ficou rega├žado,fui ao medico e ele tentou colocar o osso no lugar mas nada deu certo entao ele me aconselhou a fazer uma cirurgia e colocar dois pinos,mas 20 dias depois ainda esta doendo sera que e por causa dos pinos,vou tirar os pinos segunda dia 25/04/2011..................

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  140. Haha, I'm a 15 year old girl, I often punch walls when I'm angry but I punched a wall and I ended up dislocating my knuckle and breaking my little finger with a boxers fracture on my 5th metacarpal, I got put in a cast for 5weeks, then I had physio on my hand for the next 6 weeks. I still have a lump on the side of my hand, it's never been the same again, I can''t squeeze objects for to long cus my hand will lock and start to cramp, it's so not worth it!

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  141. I am a 26 year old female teacher, I was on the phone with the mortgage company arguing over $300 in fees for a computer error that was their fault. They would not give it back. I was so angry I punched the ground (carpet with concrete underneath) and broke my 5th metacarpal with a boxers fracture. Extremely hard to teach with your left non-dominant...won't do that again.

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  142. Male of 20 years old - I got angry with my Dad so i punched the floor - i kno, not very smart; I think i may have fractured something, i have very small swelling and almost full range of movement but i can't lift heavy things or put pressure on it. I was planning on improving my push ups and can no longer do so. I'm going to wait till monday and if it doesn't get better i'm going to go to the doctors.

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  143. Male 21 years old. About four weeks ago, out of frustration I hit a wall. I broke my 5th metacarpal and was a boxers fracture. I wore a cast for three weeks and just got if off 4 days ago. My doctor said the bone grew back straight as an arrow, but after four days i still can't make a fist, I got most movement back in my finger but even when I try to force my pinky finger into the fist position it wont budge. Its like my knuckle is solid. It really scares me and I'm wondering if this is normal? How long should it take to get some movement in my knuckle?

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  144. Yesterday I tripped on an uneven sidewalk at the hotel I am staying at. I am in a partial cast with a sling also(boxer's fracture with some shattering). I am in Florida because my Mom passed away. I was told to wait for a follow up for a week so I would be home if I need surgery. Should I wait for a week or will that possibly cause improper healing? I am thinking about asking the hotel to pay for my medical bills because i have such a high deductible, so do I need to have it fixed here? Any info would be nice.

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  145. got in a fight a few months ago and my right 4th metacarpal knuckle got pushed back into my hand. it has healed. i was wondering if its possible to get it popped out again?

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  146. I broke my 5th metacarpal by punching the floor july 12th. saw an orthopedic the 14th and he gave me the option of surgery or cast with my hand having a big possibility of deformity because i broke it right in the middle. it looked like i had a knuckle in the middle of it.

    i opted for surgery and had the pin put in the 15th. the nurse wrapped it too tight after surgery, i was in a whole lot of pain. the pain meds didnt help at all. i finally went to the emergency room and had them look at it.

    i had white spots all over my fingers from tissue damage where it wasnt getting blood supply. they rewrapped it.

    i had the pin in for 6 weeks and wore the splint for the same amount of time. I got the pin pulled out and omg it was awful! it was the dr's second time doing a pin like that (of course he tells me this afterwards) and the first person he could get the pin pulled out.

    now it has been a week and two days. I am still having pain, i dont have much function in my pinky finger, i still have swelling and im not anywhere close to making a fist.

    i have little finger droop, cannot straighten it out all the way, and i also have malrotation of the pinky finger. also from the wrapping being too tight i still have dark spots all over my fingers where the tissue has died. it has slowly been peeling off

    is it just me, or shouldnt my bones be in proper alignment if i have surgery?!

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  147. I fell off my bike 8 weeks ago - went to ER immediately because of the pain, referred to orthopedic surgeon and had surgery that same day - 4 pins because of a jagged diagonal break in my 5th metacarpal. I was in a cast for 4 weeks, and in a splint with physical therapy for the next 4 weeks. My pain is mostly gone now, and I can almost make a complete fist -- however, my fracture has shown no sign of healing, and isn't filling in the gap with new bone like it is supposed to. My doctor mentioned using a bone stimulator, which is covered by most insurance companies, but it is expensive, with a $600 payment on my part. My doctor was quite carefully neutral on the subject - he said some people think it helps and others don't. Research studies that show they help are mostly conducted by the companies that make them. I'm really sick of not being able to exercise or write (I'm a teacher) but think I'll just wait another month to see if it heals on its own. $600 is a lot of money that I could use for other purposes right now.

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  148. i have boxers fracture got it 6 days ago....I punched a Terminator in the face and knocked him on his butt....

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  149. I got my boxer's fracture falling off of a Segway and hitting the edge of a pothole between the cement and a part of my body - don't know which. I had it reduced (hurt like hell) but it had to be redone - hurt like more hell - even with the painful shot of xylocaine. Just got out of the 4 week cast and now am in a splint. When I go in to see my doc he has me see the therapist on the same day thus avoiding 2 copays and time. BTW - boxer fractures can happen to almost 60 year old women not acting their age (refusing to grow up?) but it was fun until I hurt myself!

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  150. I have a boxer's fracture but they x rayed mine from the top and said there's no damage but the 5th metacarpal is pointing out of the Pam of my hand and still have big bump on other side ,can you fix it your self its over three months ago and will be ever be able to box with it ,and if you get pins will go back to normal,I dont think it was a doctor just trainee head is reck ,because just found out all x rays were not looked at by some one who knew what to look for .
    thanks

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  151. I have a reverse boxer's fracture on the 5th metacarpal.(fracture at the base) I was horsing around with my kids. It's been 7 months and I still can't put my hand flat on a surface with slight pressure without significant pain. (Like when you wash windows.) I also noticed my 5th finger is about 1/2 a centimeter shorter than the finger on the other hand.

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  152. I have a boxers Fracture got it 2 weeks ago punching a guy. 3 days later i realized the pain was unbreable and went to the specialist where they manually tried to align it and put a cast for me. 2 weeks later they took off the cast and put a splint. I have little pain now 80% motion and a huge bump.../Swelling. Is this normal?

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  153. As seen as everyones sharing there story bout boxers fractures Ive broken nearly every bone in my body broke legs, broke arms, broke fingers, I split the bone right down the middle of 1 finger, broke Hands, Ive even broke my neck in a car crash the car flipped bout 15 times so i was told, off the road down a hill an up another the car was scrapped i was kinda pissed of cause me new nike top was covered in blood as i tore my head open on the side I have a scar bout 5 inches long on d side of me head I walked away from the car then got brouht to hospital they cut my top and jeans off grrrr wired me head up bandaded me up an sent me home called me back 2 days later said i have a broken neck to be carefull and come straight back in, The doctors where very amazed that i was still walking let alone alive! They told me i broke my C1 in my neck highest bone in the neck, That i should be paralised from the neck down or dead! this accident happend bout 5 yrs ago im 25 now I dont have any brain damage or anything like that am back to normal i dont feel the pain of breaks of any sort never have even as a child most of my breaks happend when i was a kid all the way to now haha I have a hell of a time trying to tell doctors this when they ask me, Does this hurt lol does anyone know a term or name used to describe this condition I can feel normal pains like cuts, bruises, stings, sickness, etc I only know my bones are broke when i see swelling, I have had bone density scans and my bones are ok, And just to make this even more funny ive had 2 boxers fractures in the past and just the other day i lost me temper didnt hit the person i was pissed at because i wouldnt have stopped smart move concidering what could have happened I hit a wall a few times repeatedly and broke my nuckle beside the little finger haha dont think i can help any of u lot but If anyone would like to know more or u may have the answer to my question plz Email: rayorazz@hotmail.com

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  154. @ badboxerbabe@live.com
    I had some questions for you regarding your experience but apparently you have closed your e-mail address. Please email me at raven5@mailinator.com if you ever check this site again and let me know where you can be reached. (mailinator keeps me from getting spammed and as soon as we can get in touch I'll e-mail you from my .mil address) Thanks.

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  155. I think everyone that posted a comment on this site agrees that bones are always more likely to break than a wall or cabinet LOL. I made the stupid mistake by punching my closet door and now I have two fractured metacarpal bones.Swollen,stiff,blue and swore.It happened yesterday,and went to the hospital today,got X-Rays done, but could not see any doctor.So i'm going back tomorrow.Hope it isn't that serious.

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  156. 5th metacarple is severly bent and my ring knuckle is completely crushed(both right hand)from fights, i recently broke my pinky again while sparring with 16 oz gloves on and wraps. am i effed?

    #knuckless

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  157. I was reaching up to pet our little dachshund, who was standing on the back of an armchair. The back of my right hand hit the wing of the chair instead and I wound up with a long, diagonal, greenstick-type fracture of the 5th metacarpal. Swollen, but in good alignment, initially. Was referred to a hand surgeon, who put me in a removeable, molded boxer's fracture brace, which keeps the pincky and ring fingers together. No real instructions about what I should or shouldn't do with my right(dominant)hand...When I asked if I could work(as an audiologist), he said I could type, as I was able...just could not lift anything. I took that to mean, I could use my braced hand as I was comfortably able to. Well 2 weeks later, at my next appt, the swelling had gone down, there was plenty of room inside the brace, and a f/u xray showed the bone had now moved and rotated significantly. Now surgery was suggested...IF I wanted a fully functional right hand and a pinky that didn't curl under my ring finger, when I tried to make a fist! 3 screws, a cast going 1/3 of the way up my fingers, and no significant pain past the first day! I was elated. Went back to work, doing what I could, drove my stick-shift car with the casted hand, but did not lift anything. After 2 weeks the cast was cut off, to reveal a neat incision(though longer than expected) over a bump and an xray showed a bowed, twisted, bone with 3 screws in it!!! Pinky curls over or under ring finger, when trying to make a fist. The doctor was perplexed as to what had happened...He showed me an xray of my hand, taken right after surgery, showing a straight bone with parallel screws. He wondered if the bone had cracked further, during or after surgery? I told him if he hadn't wanted me to do ANYTHING with my hand, he should have told me that, or better yet, give it to me in writing! I DIDN'T KNOW! So now he is talking about putting a plate in...a second surgery...for an original injury(before bone rotated), which might have BEST been handled with buddy taping pinky and ring finger together and soft-wrapping hand to immobilize for 3 weeks. No surgery $$$ in THAT though. My fiance wants me to look for a lawyer...I don't know what to do at this point. Just want my hand to be better.

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  158. I have broken my right hand by punching with a closed fist. I have to see a specialist in 3 days time, hoping to avoid surgery if possible, but I need my hand!

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  159. I punched a wall in frustration. I knew it was broke it swelled it didnt feel right. I read all these posts and blogs and waited almost 5 days to find out after a visit to ER my 5th metacarple was broken and at 50 degree angle. 2 days later a simple outpatient procedure with 2 pins. 4 weeks with cast 2 weeks with it off and Dr cleared me to do whatever I want to do. 8 weeks after fracture Im at gym and cant imagine not being near where I was before break soon. Bottom line you dont want to mess with your hands GET IT LOOKED AT AND FIXED !!!!

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  160. any help wud be appreciate i have a boxers fracture from punching a wall and its swelled up and hasnt gone down and i can feel constant pain but cant get transport to a hospital and im a roofer and have to work already have for 2 days any ideas on helping it recover or anything please help

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  161. i punched a padded thing underneath basketball hoops they have in gyms and it broke my 5th metacarpal and i just got mad at my girlfriend and punched dry wall and i think i broke it again it hurts super bad

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