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What Are The Long Term Effects Of A Boxer’s Fracture?

What Are The Long Term Effects Of A Boxer's Fracture?

The long-term effects of a boxer’s fracture can vary depending on several factors, including the severity of the injury, the treatment received, and how well the fracture heals.

Here are some potential long-term effects…

  • Hand Deformity – If the boxer’s fracture is not properly aligned or heals in a malaligned position, it can result in hand deformity. This may cause the affected finger to appear crooked or bent, impacting hand function and appearance.
  • Decreased Hand Function – Improperly treated or untreated boxer fractures can reduce hand function. The hand may experience decreased grip strength, reduced range of motion, and difficulties with everyday activities like writing, typing, or grasping objects.
  • Chronic Pain – Some individuals may experience chronic pain in the affected hand, especially if the fracture heals poorly or other associated injuries like nerve damage or joint stiffness.
  • Joint Stiffness – A boxer’s fracture can lead to stiffness in the affected finger or hand joint, making it challenging to move the finger smoothly and freely.
  • Increased Risk of Arthritis – Improperly healed boxer fractures may increase the risk of arthritis in the affected finger joint over time. Arthritis can cause pain, swelling, and limited mobility.
  • Functional Limitations – Depending on the extent of the injury and the healing process, a boxer’s fracture may result in ongoing functional limitations, affecting an individual’s ability to perform certain tasks or participate in specific activities.
  • Risk of Re-injury – A weakened hand due to a poorly healed boxer’s fracture may be more susceptible to re-injury with even minor trauma or impact.

To minimize the risk of long-term complications from a boxer’s fracture, seeking medical attention promptly after the injury is essential. A healthcare professional, preferably a hand specialist or orthopedic surgeon, can assess the fracture’s severity and recommend appropriate treatment, which may involve splinting, casting, or surgery if necessary. Undergoing rehabilitation with a physical therapist can help improve hand function, strengthen the muscles around the hand, and restore mobility.