Metacarpal and phalangeal fractures in athletes.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Metacarpal and phalangeal fractures are common skeletal injuries, accounting for 10% of all fractures. Approximately one-quarter of these injuries occur during athletic events. Although an acceptable and stable reduction remains a key principle in this patient group, early mobilization and return to play may be higher priorities than in other patient populations. Orthopedic implant designs and techniques are evolving to facilitate operative fracture stabilization, improve union rates, and accelerate the postoperative course with early range of motion and return to play. This article discusses common patterns of metacarpal and phalangeal fractures resulting from athletic injuries, and current treatment strategies.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cotterell, IH; Richard, MJ

Published Date

  • January 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 34 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 69 - 98

PubMed ID

  • 25455397

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1556-228X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.csm.2014.09.009


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States