UVA Orthopedic Surgeon Rashard Dacus, MD, Explains a Boxer’s Fracture
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By Stevie Adams / in , , , , , , , , , , /


So a boxer’s fracture is the reference to
when someone were to punch something and break their hand. With that scenario they’ll break a bone in
their hand. Fortunately a lot of times that bone can be
treated without surgery but it does require care and treatment. The primary symptoms are pain and swelling,
the inability to make a fist a lot of times. Sometimes they’ll be some rotation in the
finger, so when they try to make a fist, the fingers kind of spin on each other. Those scenarios are ones where we definitely
want to see them sooner than later because we can correct that. So the bulk of the time with a boxers fracture
we can treat that in the splint to start and when the swelling goes down, we place them
in a cast and I think people heal really well from this injury. Usually the cast is less than a month’s time,
and then a removable brace and most people can get back to life. So a lot of times they’ll present initially
to the emergency room or to a prompt care or urgent care facility because their hand
is swollen. And then they X-rays will be taken and a lot
of times they’ll be sent to us at that point for definitive care. When you come to the office, you have to be
prepared for a couple things. One is that potentially the fracture has moved
and so sometimes we may have to manipulate that in the office. The other thing is casting. So a lot of times we’ll put someone in a cast
so I think being prepared for the fact that you may go home with a cast and being able
to let your work know or your school know etc., that this may change the next month
or two for you. I think those things are very important to
do before you get there.


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