A boxer’s fracture is a type of hand fracture. It is a break or crack in the long bone (fifth metacarpal) that attaches to the pinky finger. The break may be just a bend or small crack in the bone, or the bone may break into pieces or shatter. Some fractures may stick out through the skin.
The long bones in the hand are called metacarpals.
A boxer’s fracture can happen from falling or hitting something with your fist. A fracture may also be the result of a medical condition that causes weak or brittle bones.
Symptoms may include:
Your child’s healthcare provider will ask about your child’s symptoms and how the injury happened. Your provider will examine your child. Tests may include:
The treatment depends on the type of fracture.
With treatment, the fracture may take up to 6 weeks to heal. Your child may need to do special exercises to help the hand get stronger and more flexible. Ask your child’s healthcare provider about this.
Follow the full course of treatment your child’s healthcare provider prescribes. Also:
Ask your child’s healthcare provider:
Make sure you know when your child should come back for a checkup.
Teach your child not to hit hard objects with his or her fist.