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Boxer's Fracture

Outlook

With proper immobilization of the broken bones and good follow-up with a hand specialist, most people with a boxer's fracture have a good prognosis. Those who require surgery often have a longer period of recovery than people who only require splinting. Some will require physical therapy after the splint is removed because the muscles become weakened from not being used.
 

Synonyms and Keywords

metacarpal fracture, metacarpal neck fracture, hand fracture, boxing fracture, broken hand, hand injuries, brawler's fracture, boxer's fracture
 

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Reviewed on August 10, 2005

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