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Boxer's Fracture (cont.)

Boxer's Fracture Follow-up

A person with a boxer's fracture frequently is advised to follow-up with a bone specialist (orthopedic surgeon) or a hand specialist to ensure that the broken bone mends properly. The hand specialist may be either an orthopedic surgeon or a plastic surgeon who specializes in hand injuries.

  • Follow-up should occur within one week of the initial injury if there is not a critical amount of angulation. If angulation of the fracture exceeds acceptable levels, follow-up should occur sooner.
  • If a plaster splint is placed in on the fracture in the doctor's office, or in the emergency department, and the patient develops increased pain or numbness in the fingers, or if the fingers become cold and blue, then loosen the splint, notify the doctor, and return to the emergency department immediately.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/31/2014
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