When people get hurt, they often wonder if and when they should see a doctor. You might be in that same situation for your pain or injury. In this Ask Dr. Geier video, I explain the timing during which it might be best to see a doctor for a common fracture of the hand, a boxer’s fracture.

Mike asks:

I got a boxer’s fracture on Sunday morning. I’m not able to find an orthopedic specialist with an appointment before Thursday. Am I risking more complications if I wait 5 days to have it treated? I went to an urgent care and got x-rays.

A boxer’s fracture is a fracture of the fifth metacarpal. The metacarpals are the long bones of the hand, and the fifth metacarpal is the long bone just below your little – or pinky – finger.

You can break this bone by punching a wall, another person or other hard object. Sometimes the fracture lines up well, and a surgeon can treat you in a brace or cast. Other times, the surgeon must line it up better so that it heals in a good position. This reduction and occasional internal fixation needs to be performed within a certain timeframe.

In this video, I explain when it is best to see a doctor if you suspect you have broken this or any other bone in your hand.

Also read:
When should you see a doctor for your sports or exercise injury?
Ask Dr. Geier – Can a football player still play with his hand in a padded cast?

Location of a boxer's fracture

I want to help you! Please take a few seconds to share the biggest challenge or struggle you’re facing with your injury! Click here!

Recommended Products and Resources
Click here to go to Dr. David Geier’s Amazon Influencer store!
Due to a large number of questions I have received over the years asking about products for health, injuries, performance, and other areas of sports, exercise, work and life, I have created an Amazon Influencer page. While this information and these products are not intended to treat any specific injury or illness you have, they are products I use personally, have used or have tried, or I have recommended to others. THE SITE MAY OFFER HEALTH, FITNESS, NUTRITIONAL AND OTHER SUCH INFORMATION, BUT SUCH INFORMATION IS DESIGNED FOR EDUCATIONAL AND INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. THE CONTENT DOES NOT AND IS NOT INTENDED TO CONVEY MEDICAL ADVICE AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE. YOU SHOULD NOT RELY ON THIS INFORMATION AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR, NOR DOES IT REPLACE, PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE, DIAGNOSIS, OR TREATMENT. THE SITE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ACTIONS OR INACTION ON A USER’S PART BASED ON THE INFORMATION THAT IS PRESENTED ON THE SITE. Please note that as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.