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i have a boxer's fracture on my right hand (I am right handed). It happened 2 nights ago. The ER Dr. straightened out the bone and the xray afterwards shows the bone was set nicely. I have a half cast with my thumb and first 2 fingers out. There's a little play in the cast and I can wiggle the 4th and 5th fingers a slight bit.

My question is whether or not I should attempt to use this hand at all. I can do some small tasks with the hand (i.e. use computer mouse, brush teeth...) These small things sometimes cause pain, sometimes not. Of course I understnad that the bone is broken so it ought to hurt. What I am wondering is [if the pain is the bone moving and am wondering if using the hand at all will slow healing.

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You fractured the bone or you broke the bone?

If you fractured it it shouldn't need setting or straightening.

The severity of the fracture/break shifts any available answers.

Also, it's been a few months.  How is it now?

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