Silliest advice ginen to me today? Eat some Bone Soup. Then you'll feel better. It's been about 2 1/2 weeks and still hurts. I found some answers for that online.
How is it treated?
If the broken bone is crooked your provider will straighten it. (yes, he put them back together.) Then a cast or splint will be placed from your hand to your forearm. (try extended past my pinky.) You will wear this cast or splint for 4 to 6 weeks. Some fractures need surgery (no thank you.)
Treatment will also include: Elevating your hand by placing it on a pillow when you sleep or the back of a couch when you are sitting down. Putting an ice bag over the cast or splint for 20 to 30 minutes every 3 to 4 hours for the first 2 to 3 days.
Taking anti-inflammatory medicine or other medicine prescribed by your provider. (done.)
How long will the effects last?
Fifth metacarpal fractures usually heal within 6 weeks. (God I hope so.) Ask your healthcare provider when you will be able to return to your normal activities. Everyone recovers from an injury at a different rate. Return to your activities will be determined by how soon your hand recovers, not by how many days or weeks it has been since your injury has occurred. The goal of rehabilitation is to return you to your normal activities as soon as is safely possible. If you return too soon you may worsen your injury. You may start rehabilitation exercises when your provider has taken a follow-up X-ray sees that your fracture has healed. You may return to your normal activities when your hand has full range of motion without pain and has the same strength as the uninjured side.