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How long does metacarpal base fracture take to heal?

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Posted on Tue, 26 May 2015
Question: Will an avulsion of the base of the fifth metacarpal heal or give me trouble indefinitely.
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Answered by Dr. Muhammad Sareer Khalil (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Prognosis is usually very good

Detailed Answer:
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Both metacarpal fractures as well as dislocations are primarily treated non operatively by immobilizing after reduction of the metacarpal base fracture. At least a month of splinting is required. IP joints of the finger should be encouraged to perform active movements during this immobilization phase. The outcome of such 5 th base metacarpal avulsions is generally very good if there is no mal union in which case the movement range can be affected.

Please consult your doctor before taking any further course of action

Wishing you best of health

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Dr. M.S. Khalil
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Brief Answer: Prognosis is usually very good Detailed Answer: Hello and Welcome I appreciate your concern Both metacarpal fractures as well as dislocations are primarily treated non operatively by immobilizing after reduction of the metacarpal base fracture. At least a month of splinting is required. IP joints of the finger should be encouraged to perform active movements during this immobilization phase. The outcome of such 5 th base metacarpal avulsions is generally very good if there is no mal union in which case the movement range can be affected. Please consult your doctor before taking any further course of action Wishing you best of health Thanks Dr. M.S. Khalil