What is included in the treatment of middle phalanx fractures during the maintenance phase?

Updated: Jan 18, 2018
  • Author: Jay E Bowen, DO; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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A short arm plaster dorsal splint is used for 2-3 weeks to hold the wrist in slight extension, the metacarpophalangeal joint in 70° flexion, and the PIP joint in 45° flexion. Flexion of these joints limits rotation and prevents collateral ligament contracture. The DIP joint has free motion to prevent tendon scarring around the fracture site.


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