How does a boxer's fracture occur?
Most often boxer's fractures are seen after punching a person or an object such as a wall. While the injury is most often a punching motion, patients can also sustain this injury with non-punching types of motions.
What are the symptoms of a boxer's fracture?
Patients who sustain a boxers fracture commonly complain of pain and swelling at the base of the small finger. There is also commonly a bump over the back of the palm just below the small finger knuckle. This bump may not go away even with proper treatment. However, the bump does not interfere with proper or hand and finger function.
What is the treatment of a boxer's fracture?
Depending on the severity of the boxer's fracture, these can be treated either by casting or surgery. If surgery is needed, the usual treatment is with small pins through the skin to secure the bones in place.