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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A boxer fracture is a break of a bone in your hand. This type of fracture usually happens in the bone that connects your wrist to your little finger. It can also happen in bone that connects your wrist to your ring finger. A boxer fracture occurs when you hit an object with a closed fist. The bone may be out of place or in pieces. An open fracture is when there is a break in the skin.
- Medicines may be given to decrease pain. Ask your healthcare provider how to take prescription pain medicine safely. If you have an open wound, you may also be given antibiotics or a tetanus vaccine to prevent an infection.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your healthcare provider or orthopedist as directed:
You may need to return for more x-rays to check bone position. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Apply ice on your injury for 15 to 20 minutes every hour or as directed. Use an ice pack, or put crushed ice in a plastic bag. Cover it with a towel. Ice helps prevent tissue damage and decreases swelling and pain.
Elevate your hand:
Elevate your hand above the level of your heart as often as you can. This will help decrease swelling and pain. Prop your hand on pillows or blankets to keep it elevated comfortably.
Go to physical therapy:
A physical therapist teaches you exercises to help improve movement and strength, and to decrease pain.
Care for your wound as directed. Carefully wash the wound with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.
Contact your healthcare provider or orthopedist if:
- You have a fever.
- Your open wound is red, swollen, or draining pus.
- You have trouble moving your finger.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Return to the emergency department if:
- You cannot bend or extend your finger.
- You have severe pain.
- You have numbness or tingling in your finger.
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