Metacarpal Fractures refer to a break in one of the long bones of the hand called metacarpals. The metacarpals are the five bones located between your wrist bones and your fingers.
Metacarpal fractures occur as a result of any direct trauma to the area such as punching or a hard blow. This makes fractures common in sports such as martial arts, such as Tae Kwon Do, Jujitsu, Judo, Yudo, Zen Do Kai, Hapkido, and Capoeira.
Metacarpal fractures are indicated by pain, numbness, swelling or bruising of the area.
Metacarpal fractures are normally treated by plaster cast or splint, although unstable or misaligned fractures may demand operative fixation using pins, screws and plates.