Welcome to the Injury Update Forum.

Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    7

    Default how long do hand fractures take to heal

    i fractured the bone in my hand that connects to the forefinger (metacarpal, i think it is called),

    what is the usual healing time before you can return to rugby, i broke it on the weekend and won't speak to the specialist for about a week cause i have all my mid sem exams this week and can't really afford to take the time off to sit in a dr's office.

    am just interested in the healing time roughly for a fracture with no complications

    thanks
    ~vovo

  2. #2

    Default

    Make sure it is straight not bent before you avoid medical reviews. Metacarpal fractures heal pretty quick and very solidly, usually knit to an extent by 3 weeks and are strong by 6 weeks. However, they have a tendency (particularly 1st, 2nd and 5th) to rotate and bend a bit, which reduces your hand span. Get medical advice on whether your break is safe to treat without surgery or splinting.

  3. #3
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    7

    Default

    nah i am not that stupid, i went to emergency and had it x-rayed and seen to by a dr, but she did not want to give timelines or whether it was all good and done or not. this i figured was more out of protecting herself and not giving me any definates, and leaving all that to the specialist, so that i can't turn around and say "but you said".

    but she did give the impression that is was not urgent to see the specialist, and because i have 5 mid-sem exams this week i figured my hand could wait a week.

    the fracture is a long crack from the top left of the bone to the bottom right on my left hand, both the radiologist and the dr thought it was a fairly clean fracture not involving any of the joints, but left me to see the specialist before ruling out any complications.

    the dr just braced it with a fibreglass splint and bandages.

    i just posted here because the doc didn't want to give me a timeline and i wanted to know roughly how long before i can return to rugby.

    obviously i won't return until i am ready and comfortable but just interested roughly

    thanks again
    ~vovo

    ~v

  4. #4
    Un registered
    Guest

    Wink

    Well, I am not sure exactly but there have been a few football players with hand fractures in the NRL. Chris Flannery from the Sydney Rosters broke his thumb and returned to rugby in 3 weeks. Brett Hodgeson from the Tigers broke his hand and missed 2 weeks. Robbie Farah, also from the Tigers, had a hand frature and he missed 3 weeks. So I'd say around 2-4 weeks at the least but I am not an expert. I broke my finger on Saturday the 24th of June and it has just healed although it is still a little sore. So returns from hand, thumb and finger fractures are random. Sometimes, surgery can be required but I don't think that it speeds up the recovery (In that process, the surgeons insert screws in the hand).

 

 

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •