Mallet splint for mallet finger deformity

Mallet splint for mallet finger deformity from singapore therapists associates pte ltd

By: singapore therapists associates pte ltd  12/06/2010
Keywords: Therapists, Occupational Therapy, hand therapy

Mallet finger refers to the droop of the end joint where an extensor tendon has been cut or separated from the bone resulting in a fingertip that cannot be straightened. Whether the tendon injury is caused by a cut or jammed finger, splinting is necessary. Often the cut tendon requires stitches. Splinting is done to keep the fingertip in slight hyperextension until the tendon is healed. The size of the splint and length of time the splint is needed is determined by the type and location of the injury. The splint should remain in place constantly during this time. The tendon may take four to eight weeks, or longer in some patients, to heal completely. A custom made splint is often preferrable to mallet splint as the fingertip can be maintained in slight hyperextension which leads to improved results.

Keywords: hand therapy, Limb Injuries, Occupational Therapy, Therapists,

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