Boxer’s Fracture

Boxer’s Fracture

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A boxer’s fracture is a fracture of the fifth metacarpal bone of the hand, at the metacarpal neck. This is the bone associated with the small finger. When fractured, usually after punching an object like a boxer, it is often displaced and requires surgery.

Never ever punch a wall or hard object, because unlike in the movies or television there is a very high likelihood you will sustain a fracture in the hand.

Furthermore, if you are training in martial arts, or UFC, or a boxer, make sure you follow the appropriate precautions to prevent an incorrect punch and ultimate fracture of the 5th finger. 

Always seek the care of an orthopedic hand surgeon immediately as a delay in care may lead to a suboptimal outcome. 

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Jonathan Oheb

Jonathan Oheb, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with extensive training and years of experience in hand and upper extremity surgery, as well as general orthopaedics and orthopaedic trauma. Contact Dr.Oheb

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