Bennett's fracture is a type of hand fracture that occurs at the base of the first metacarpal bone, which connects to the thumb. Specifically, it refers to a fracture that involves the joint surface of the thumb's base, where it meets the wrist. This type of fracture is typically caused by a direct blow or a fall onto an outstretched hand.
Bennett's fractures are typically caused by:
fall out of the outstretched handImpact or direct blow to the hand or wrist
Sports injuries, especially those that occur during contact or sporting events such as soccer or skiingcar accidentWork injuries, especially those involving repetitive movements of the hand or wristBennett's risk factors for fractures include brittle bones from diseases such as osteoporosis or previous fractures, participating in high-risk activities without the necessary safety equipment or training, and weakened bones from previous fractures. . Seek immediate medical attention if you think you have injured your hand or wrist. Prompt treatment and diagnosis can reduce the chance
Treatment of a Bennett's fracture depends on the severity of the injury, but usually the thumb and hand are immobilized in a cast or splint, and sometimes surgery may be needed to repair the fracture.Nonsurgical treatment: If the fracture is stable and the bone fragments have not displaced, a cast or splint may be applied to immobilize the thumb and hand. The patient may need to wear a cast or splint for several weeks while the bone heals.Surgical treatment: If the fracture is unstable or the bone fragments are misaligned, surgery may be needed to realign the bone fragments and fix them with pins or screws. Patients may need to wear a cast or splint for several weeks after surgery to allow the bone to heal. After removal of the cast or splint, rehabilitation may be recommended to restore range of motion, strength, and function of the hand and thumb. This may include stretching, strengthening exercises, and occupational therapy to help people regain their ability to perform daily tasks.