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Fractured 5th Metacarpal

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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