Early active motion after rigid internal fixation of unstable extra-articular fractures of the proximal phalanx.

The Journal of hand surgery, European volume

PubMedID: 28589776

Ataker Y, Uludag S, Ece SC, Gudemez E. Early active motion after rigid internal fixation of unstable extra-articular fractures of the proximal phalanx. J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2017;1753193417709949.
The purpose of this study is to describe active early rehabilitation in proximal phalanx fractures treated with rigid internal fixation. A total of 22 consecutive patients presenting with spiral, oblique or comminuted extra-articular fractures of the proximal phalanx were included in the study. All fractures were rigidly stabilized with plate and screws or screws alone and subsequently entered an active early rehabilitation programme. The mean follow-up period was 15.4 months (SD 10.1). Mean visual analogue scale pain score was 0.3 (SD 0.5) and Disability of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand score was 9.2 (SD 4.1). Mean total active motion was 241.9° (SD 18.3). According to the digital functional assessment, 86.3% of the patients had excellent results. Extension lags of the proximal interphalangeal joint were observed in seven fingers (mean lag, 3.4° (SD 5.5)). The results of this study demonstrated high patient satisfaction and good outcomes after the surgical technique and postoperative rehabilitation protocol described in open reduction and rigid internal fixation of proximal phalangeal fractures.LEVEL OF EVIDENCE
IV.