Boxer's Fracture - Knuckle Fracture of the Pinky
IntroductionA Boxer’s fracture occurs when the bone at the knuckle of the little finger breaks. It can result from a forceful injury during fist fighting or hitting a solid object, such as a wall. A Boxer’s fracture causes swelling, pain, and stiffness. Treatment involves realigning the broken bone, when necessary, and providing stabilization while it heals.
A Boxer’s fracture can make your little finger feel stiff. It may not move correctly. Your little finger may overlap your ring finger when you bend it because of malrotation. Your grip may be weaker and less coordinated than before.
Rehabilitation with a physical therapist usually follows any treatment of a Boxer's fracture. Your therapist will initially help you move your joint. This usually involves modalities such as heat, followed by range of motion exercises. This will also help reduce discomfort and swelling. When your doctor determines that it is safe to do so, your therapist will teach you exercises to strengthen your hand. You will also work on exercises to improve your hand coordination. The goal of therapy is to optimize your hand function.
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