A comparative study of splint effectiveness in limiting forearm rotation

Slaughter, Adrienne, Miles, Lyn, Fleming, Jennifer, & McPhail, Steven (2010) A comparative study of splint effectiveness in limiting forearm rotation. Journal of Hand Therapy, 23(3), pp. 241-248.

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Study Design: Case Study Series.----------

Introduction: Restriction of forearm rotation may be required for effective management and rehabilitation of the upper limb after trauma.----------

Purpose of the Study: To compare the effectiveness of four splints in restricting forearm rotation.----------

Methods: Muenster, Sugartong, antipronation distal radioulnar joint (DRUJ), and standard wrist splints were fabricated for five healthy participants. Active range of motion (AROM) in forearm pronation and supination was measured with a goniometer for each splint, at the initial point of sensory feedback and during exertion of maximal force.----------

Results: Repeated-measures analysis of variance indicated significant differences between splints for all four AROM measures. Post hoc paired t-tests showed that the Sugartong splint was significantly more restrictive in pronation than the Muenster splint. The antipronation DRUJ splint provided significantly greater restriction in pronation than the standard wrist splint. No splints immobilized the forearm completely.----------

Conclusions: The Sugartong splint is recommended for maximal restriction in pronation, but individual patient characteristics require consideration in splint choice.

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ID Code: 38485
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1016/j.jht.2010.02.003
ISSN: 0894-1130
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Hanley & Belfus Inc.
Deposited On: 14 Nov 2010 23:04
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:20

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