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Boxer's Fracture

A boxer’s fracture is a fracture of the fifth metacarpal bone of the hand, at the metacarpal neck. This is the bone associated with the small finger. When fractured, usually after punching an object like a boxer, it is often displaced and requires surgery.

Never ever punch a wall or hard object, because unlike in the movies or television there is a very high likelihood you will sustain a fracture in the hand.

Furthermore, if you are training in martial arts, or UFC, or a boxer, make sure you follow the appropriate precautions to prevent an incorrect punch and ultimate fracture of the 5th finger. 

Always seek the care of an orthopedic hand surgeon immediately as a delay in care may lead to a suboptimal outcome. 

 

Author
Jonathan Oheb, MD Jonathan Oheb, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with extensive training and years of experience in hand and upper extremity surgery, as well as general orthopedics and orthopedic trauma. In addition to hand, elbow, and shoulder care, he provides comprehensive surgical and nonsurgical treatment for all orthopedic conditions of the hip, knee, and ankle, including broken bones and injuries. His patients in Beverly Hills, Encino, and Mission Hills, California, benefit from his expertise and exceptional attention to their orthopedic needs. With patient comfort and satisfaction as his top priority, Dr. Oheb strives to give each patient a positive experience and customized orthopedic care. His goal is to relieve symptoms and restore function in patients of all ages.

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