A boxer’s fracture is when there is a break in the bone in the hand that connects to the knuckle. Most doctors don’t call the fracture a boxer’s fracture because boxers don’t get this injury. They mostly call the injury a brawler’s fracture. Brawlers have not learned how to punch without injuring themselves. A boxer’s fracture occurs in the bones of the metacarpal. The bones of the metacarpal connects the bones in the fingers to the wrist.
All of the bones in the metacarpal consist of the same structure, including the base, neck, shaft, and head. When a boxer’s fracture occurs, there is a break in the bone of the ring finger to the pinky finger and wrist. These bones are called the fourth and fifth bones of the metacarpal. There are some doctors that include the second and third bones in the neck of the bones of the metacarpal.
1. Pain in the location of the hand, in relationship to the bone of the metacarpal near the knuckle.
The pain is felt because the bone is broken. Whenever you move the hand or knuckle, the pain will be felt. It is important to not move the affected area. In order to keep from moving the fracture, it’ll need to be put in a splint. Even if it’s in a splint, you may still feel some pain. Over-the-counter pain relievers, including Motrin and Tylenol.
It is important to take the medicine as directed. You may be tempted to move the injured hand, but it’s best to keep as still as possible. You’ll need assistance if the injury is on your dominant hand. Even when the pain goes away and it heals, you won’t be able to use it. If you try to use your hand, it may cause the pain to come back.