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Amar A. Patel, MD is an orthopaedic surgeon with a special interest in hand, elbow, and shoulder surgery. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University and obtained his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Miami/ Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he learned advances techniques in traumatic and sports- related injuries. He completed advanced training in hand and upper extremity surgery at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center. Dr. Patel currently practices at the Orthopaedic Associates of Riverside in Chicago, Illinois. He is an avid sports fan and has been a fantasy sports participant for over 15 years.

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Update: Steph Curry broken hand

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As of last night Steph Curry has fractured a metacarpal 

CT Scan this morning will dictate if there is more damaged than expected

What is the Severity?

Steph Curry’s injury is interesting because there are many joints here at play. The CT scan and MRI will dictate the severity of it.

If it is just a metacarpal fracture, then the standard tissue healing guideline of 4-8 weeks is expected for the bone to fully heal.

If he also fractured his radius via the metacarpal pushing on the radius falling down then it will be longer time line closer to 8 weeks and require surgery.

The worstcase scenario is if he fracture his scaphoid. The Scaphoid has very poor blood supply and that takes a long time to heal and will be in cast for prolonged period of time.

Will go over the best case scenario which is a metacarpal fracture.

What is a metacarpal?

The metacarpals are the longs bones connecting your wrist to your knuckles.

How is it injured?

Usually injuries to the wrist and carpals are due to catching yourself from a fall or landing on it like Steph Curry did.

What are the signs and symptoms?

Pain, Bruising, swelling, inability to move the hand, sometimes deformity

What is the prognosis?

The prognosis if it is just a metacarpal fracture will be around 4-8 weeks. However, if there is more involvement that requires surgery it will take longer.

The good news about his injury was that it was on his non-dominant hand (left) so we won’t have to worry about his shooting.

What is the rehab?

Once cleared for physical therapy rehabilitation will focus on secondary impairments from immobilization and the injury itself. This would include mobility of all joints involved, soft tissue flexibility, strengthening throughout his upper extremity kinetic chain, grip strength, and reintegration to basketball specific activities.

Fantasy Implications?

With Steph Curry being out for at least 4 weeks look at D’Angelo Russell to take more control and more shot meaning better fantasy value. Also look into adding Jordan Poole to start having more minutes and an add in deep fantasy leagues.

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