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Research Article  |   June 1986
Splinting Proximal Interphalangeal Joint Flexion Contractures: A New Design
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Anne D. Callahan, MS, OTR, is Senior Hand Therapist, Hand Rehabilitation Center, 901 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
  • Pamela McEntee, MS, OTR/L, is Director of Hand Therapy, Pennsylvania Rehab Inc., 700 S. Chester Road, Swarthmore, PA 19081
  • At the time this study was conducted, Anne D. Callahan was Assistant Director of the Hand Therapy Department, and Pamela McEntee was Senior Therapist and Student Coordinator; both at the Hand Rehabilitation Center in Philadelphia.
    At the time this study was conducted, Anne D. Callahan was Assistant Director of the Hand Therapy Department, and Pamela McEntee was Senior Therapist and Student Coordinator; both at the Hand Rehabilitation Center in Philadelphia.×
Article Information
Musculoskeletal Impairments / Splinting / Rehabilitation, Disability, and Participation
Research Article   |   June 1986
Splinting Proximal Interphalangeal Joint Flexion Contractures: A New Design
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June 1986, Vol. 40, 408-413. doi:10.5014/ajot.40.6.408
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June 1986, Vol. 40, 408-413. doi:10.5014/ajot.40.6.408
Abstract

Proximal interphalangeal joint flexion contracture is a common and persistent problem in hand rehabilitation. This article discusses the advantages and disadvantages of several current splint designs for correcting this contracture and introduces an alternate design that uses wire in a 3-point pressure system. The advantages of this design include ease of fabrication, patient appeal, and effectiveness.