Bennett’s fracture is a fracture dislocation at the base of the thumb. A fracture dislocation of the thumb is not uncommon in boxers, rugby players, American football players and football goalkeepers. Specifically, a Bennett's Fracture refers to a fracture of the Metacarpal (thumb) bone at the joint surface with the Carpal (wrist) bones. Due to the position of the fracture fragment, there is some dislocation of the joint.
A Bennett's Fracture produces severe pain around the base of the thumb. This is accompanied by rapid swelling in the area of the thumb and wrist. Because of the long term problems and functional instability that can occur, many orthopaedic doctors advocate surgical fixation to repair a Bennett's Fracture dislocation.
Following surgery, physiotherapy treatment is very important to regain range of thumb motion, rebuild thumb muscle strength and to resolve thumb stiffness. Exercises using Hand Therapy Balls and Therapeutic Putty can be very helpful to regain mobility. Grip and thumb strengthening devices can also be useful to restore normal hand and thumb strength.
Common Bennett's Fracture signs & symptoms:
|Consult a sports injury expert|
|Use anti-infammatory gel for pain relief|
|Use heat packs to relieve stiffness|
|Wear a removable wrist support for protection|
|Regain dexterity with therapeutic putty|
|Relieve thumb stiffness with hand therapy balls|
|Improve thumb & grip strength with resistance exercises|
|Use a bone healing system to speed up broken bone healing|