There are several factors used to gauge whether a metacarpal fracture can be treated non-operatively, such as shortening and rotation of the bone and angular alignment. Many metacarpal fractures, even if not perfectly aligned on x-ray, can be treated with splint immobilization and gentle early range of motion.  A careful physical examination is at least as important, if not more so, than an x-ray for evaluating the appropriate treatment for a metacarpal fracture.

 

 

2 comments

  1. albert

    I had a third metacarpal fracture and was in a cast for 4 weeks is that long enough for it to heal?

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