ORIF 5th MC Boxer’s Fracture
A Boxer’s Fracture is another name for a break in the end of the little finger or 5th metacarpal bone. It is usually caused by punching something hard, such as a wall or another person’s head, thusly the name.. The end of the metacarpal bone takes the brunt of the impact, which usually breaks through the neck or the narrowest area of the bone. Casting or splinting the break is helpful to keep from injuring the area further, but without surgery, the break usually heals with a bend at the site of the break. The most reliable way to get the bones to heal straight is to use with pins or other hardware. This works well in most people – but is not usually needed, as most people do just fine even if the bone heals with a bit of a bend. Clawing can result from the palmar displacement of the metacarpal head, resulting from an imbalance of extrinsic tendons. Additionally, people who require a strong grip for work or athletic pursuits might find that the palmar flexed head of the metacarpal may be prominent in the palm can cause pain while gripping clubs, racquets, tools etc. and therefore surgical correction is sometimes recommended.
Classic Boxer’s Fracture.