A boxer’s fracture is another name for a broken hand, specifically when you break a bone in the small (or “pinky”) finger. Where does the term “boxer” come from? Boxer’s fractures get their name from one of the most common causes, which is punching something.
Sometimes, if you punch something with a clenched fist, the force applied to the fifth metacarpal bone is enough to break it. Here are 4 signs that you may have a boxer’s fracture:
- Crooked/deformed hand or finger
- Inability to straighten the pinky finger
- Pinky finger crossing over the other fingers
- Difficulty moving the finger(s)
It’s important to note that you may be experiencing some of the symptoms above without pain. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms after punching something, or perhaps getting your hand crushed, see a hand surgeon as soon as you can.
Your hand surgeon will likely take an x-ray to see if any bones in your hand are broken. If you have a boxer’s fracture, you may be put in a cast for 3-6 weeks. If your fracture is severe, your surgeon may recommend surgery.
Find a hand surgeon near you to begin your treatment.