Fractured 5th Metacarpal
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- What have I done?
- What should I expect?
- What should I do?
- What should I not do?
- Will I be followed up?
- What if I have concerns/questions?
What have I done?
- You have had a minor break in the bone near your knuckle
What should I expect?
- Your hand will have been placed in a cast by the ED staff
- Depending on the location of the fracture you may need to be in a cast for 4 to 6 weeks
What should I do?
- Take regular pain relief (e.g. paracetamol and ibuprofen) as needed
- Keep your plaster cast dry at all times by putting a plastic bag over your cast and securing it with tape before showering. A wet cast will get soggy and fall apart
What should I not do?
- We discourage smoking as this may delay bone healing
- Avoid heavy lifting with your affected hand while injured
Will I be followed up?
- Yes, a follow-up appointment in the Orthopaedic Clinic will be requested when you leave ED and you will be contacted regarding a date and time
What if I have concerns/questions?
- If your injury is not settling or you are worried about how it is healing, please see your GP - take your ACC form/number with you
- Please seek medical attention if you experience the following:
- Increasing pain in the hand
- Numbness or tingling in the hand
- Your fingers go cold or turn blue white, in comparison to the other hand
- You are unable to move your fingers