Fractures of the Hand (Metacarpal Fractures)

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This condition is a fracture, or break, of one or more of the metacarpal bones of the hand. The fracture may be nondisplaced, in which the bones remain aligned, or displaced, in which the fractured ends shift out of alignment. Without proper treatment, the bones may not heal correctly. This can result in improper alignment of the fingers, leading to poor hand function.

What are metacarpal fractures?

This detailed video describes fractures of the hand, including their causes, symptoms, and treatment. The most common form of treatment is placing the hand in a cast while the bones heal. If the fractured ends are misaligned, the physician may perform a closed reduction, in which the bones are pushed back into their proper positions.