A Bennett fracture is due to forceful trauma or impact such as punching or falling onto the hand with the thumb drawn outwards.
If an individual is suspected with Bennett fracture, the symptoms that will arise include immediate and intense pain over the thumb side of the wrist. There is rapid swelling and bruising as well as difficulty in moving the wrist and thumb. In severe cases, the thumb might even appear deformed.
What are the possible complications?
It is important to note that a Bennett fracture is a significant injury and if not properly treated, it can lead to lasting deformity. In cases where the fracture poorly heals, there are issues when drawing the thumb across the palm of the hand and pinching using the index or middle fingers.
Surgical intervention of Bennett fracture
A Bennett fracture usually necessitates surgery that is followed by a 4-6-week period of immobilization with a plaster cast. The surgical procedure includes reduction of the bones where they are restored back in the right position and fixation of the fracture with wires.
After the immobilization period, the surrounding joints should be immobilized to restore normal function. Strengthening exercises of the wrist and hand should be done after. If the individual returns to sport, a protective splint, taping or support for the thumb must be used.
Remember that this type of fracture is quite common among individuals who engage in rugby and other contact sports.
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