Toronto Raptors Jonas Valanciunas has a fracture of the fourth metacarpal bone in his left hand, an injury that is more commonly known as a “Boxer’s Fracture.” The injury occurred in Friday’s game against the Lakers.
“I don’t know what happened,” Valanciunas said. “I went up with the ball and got slapped. I don’t know who slapped me and I felt the pain. It was hand to hand. We are still waiting for a second opinion. We still got doctors to take a look at it.”
Jonas Valanciunas has left the game and will not return. X-Rays show he has a fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his left hand.
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If the bone isn’t out of alignment, treatment should be just time and a splint, but if surgery is required, it could be a long while before the Raptors get their center back.
Boxer’s Fracture is a colloquial term for a fracture of one of the metacarpal bones of the hand. Classically, the fracture occurs transversely across the neck of the bone, after the patient strikes an object with a closed fist.
Prognosis for these fractures is generally good, with total healing time not exceeding 12 weeks. The first two weeks will show significantly reduced overall swelling, with improvement in clenching ability showing up first.
There is plenty of literature available about this type of injury. None of it suggests Valanciunas will be back quickly even if current reports of Valanciunas opting to avoid surgery prove to be true.