With the right treatment, physical therapy, and care, repeated metacarpal fractures can be overcome. But it may be a tough road back to the court for Love.
Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) January 21, 2013
For the second time this season, star forward for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Kevin Love, has fractured his right hand. The injury was sustained on January 4th, in a prime time game against the Denver Nuggets.
Love sustained a fracture in the third and fourth metacarpal of his right hand on October 17th, forcing him to miss the first three weeks of the season. An MRI revealed the most recent injury to be a re-fracture of the third metacarpal. Expect Love to be out for considerably longer this time around, as team doctors seek to minimize long-term injury to his hand.
Renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon surgeon Dr. Amir Tahernia commented on the difficulties ahead for Love, “Repeated metacarpal fracture complicates treatment for hand injury because it becomes more difficult to achieve natural alignment of the bones. Surgical stabilization is often recommended to preserve long-term mobility and function of the hand.”
Most hand injuries are treated using non-surgical therapy. Fractured metacarpal bones can be realigned and immobilized in a cast or splint for up to six weeks. X-ray imaging is used to ensure that the bones have remained in the proper position. Gentile hand exercises can be resumed as early as three weeks.
Complex or repeated hand fractures can require surgical intervention to ensure bone realignment and to minimize soft tissue or nerve damage. In this procedure, titanium pins are placed through the damaged metacarpal to hold it in place. In more severe cases, screws and plates can be used to stabilize multiple fractures. Recovery from hand surgery involves physical therapy and takes several months to restore hand strength and stability.
“With the right treatment, physical therapy, and care, repeated metacarpal fractures can be overcome. But it may be a tough road back to the court for Love,” explains Dr. Tahernia.
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