Although fractures of the fifth metacarpal neck (boxer's fractures) are common, their treatment can be problematic. A description of a technique utilizing traction reduction is presented in this paper. The records and radiographs of 59 patients who underwent reduction using longitudinal traction and subsequent immobilization in a specially molded cast were retrospectively reviewed. On average, 80% of initial fracture angulation in the sagittal plane was corrected, and only 1° of this correction was lost at the discontinuation of casting (3-4 weeks). We have found this technique to be highly effective in the treatment of boxer's fractures. Advantages of this treatment include its efficacy, ease, and improved patient tolerance over other casting techniques.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine