A boxer’s fracture is a break in the bone in the hand that attaches to the pinky finger. The long bones in the hand are called metacarpals. A boxer’s fracture is also called a fifth metacarpal fracture.
A boxer’s fracture usually occurs from hitting a hard object with your fist. That is why it is called a boxer's fracture. It can also occur from falling onto your hand.
Pain, swelling, and tenderness on the pinky finger side of the hand. There may be a bump on the side of your hand or it may look crooked.
Your healthcare provider will review your symptoms, ask you how you got the injury, and examine you. Your provider will take an X-ray of your hand, which will show the break.
If the broken bone is crooked your provider will straighten it. Then a cast or splint will be placed from your hand to your forearm. You will wear this cast or splint for 4 to 6 weeks. Some fractures need surgery.
To treat this condition:
Boxer’s fractures usually heal within 6 weeks. Ask your healthcare provider when you will be able to return to your normal activities.
Everyone recovers from an injury at a different rate. Return to your activities depends on how soon your hand recovers, not by how many days or weeks it has been since your injury has occurred. The goal of rehabilitation is to return you to your normal activities as soon as is safely possible. If you return too soon you may worsen your injury. You may start rehabilitation exercises when your provider has taken a follow-up X-ray sees that your fracture has healed.
You may return to your normal activities when your hand has full range of motion without pain and has the same strength as the uninjured side.
Since most boxer’s fractures happen because of hitting hard objects with your fist, don't hit things!