Boxer fracture treatment and physical therapy

A boxer fracture occurs when one of your hand’s bones is broken. Usually, it affects the fifth or fourth metacarpal bone. Boxer fractures can only be diagnosed in rare cases.


A boxer fracture can occur from a sudden punch to the hand, or punching with all four of your hands while your wrist is closed. FOOSH injury is also possible. This refers to the trauma you experience when your hands are stretched out and you fall. If you’re in the area, visit the best San Diego Physical Therapy Clinic.


The most common characteristics that can help you identify a boxer fracture are

  • Pain in the hand
  • Pain in the Pinky fingers near the Pinky finger
  • Swelling on the lateral side and very rarely on the opposite.
  • Your pinky finger, or any areas surrounding it, will experience a decrease in motion.
  • Your hand may become discolored
  • Bruising your hand
  • Your knuckles are being displaced

Most often, a boxer fracture causes a sharp pain in the hands. If this happens, you should seek medical attention immediately to treat the injury. The injury can cause permanent loss of function if not treated promptly.

How can physical therapy help?

A cast or splint will be applied to your injury for 4 to6 weeks. The rehabilitation process begins after four to six weeks. A physical therapist is responsible for rehabilitation. If your hand is injured, muscular dystrophy and other conditions may develop. You may also be unable to use your hands properly if you have a reduced range of motion.

  • Reducing pain
  • Decreasing swelling
  • Motion increases
  • Increasing strength

To reduce swelling and pain, electrical stimulation may also be used. For increasing flexibility in the hand and to achieve maximum motion, you can use stitching exercises. We can help! Visit the #1 Rancho Santa Fe Physical Therapy Clinic.


While a cast or splint may be helpful in repairing your injury, they don’t help with increasing strength or mobility or decreasing pain and swelling. A physical therapist will be able to help you with these issues after fracture.

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