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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 42  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 336-341

Outcome of early active mobilization after extensor tendon repair


1 Department of Orthopedics, SMS Medical College and attached Hospitals. Jaipur, India
2 Kiran Nursing Home, Mandawar Road, Mahua (Rajasthan), India
3 SMS Hospitals, Jaipur, India
4 Head of Hand Surgery Unit, SMS Hospital, Jaipur, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5413.41859

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Background: Traditionally the repaired extensor tendons have been treated postoperatively in static splints for several weeks, leading to formation of adhesions and prolonged rehabilitation. Early mobilization using dynamic splints is common, but associated with many shortcomings. We attempted to study the results of early active mobilization, using a simple static splint, and easy-to-follow rehabilitation plan. Materials and Methods: In a prospective study 26 cases of cut extensor tendons in Zone V to VIII were treated with primary or delayed primary repair. Following this, early active mobilization was undertaken, using an easy-to-follow rehabilitation plan. The results were assessed according to the criteria of Dargan at six weeks and one year. Results: All the 26 patients were followed up for one year. 20 out of 26 patients were below 30 years of age, involving the dominant hand more commonly (16 patients, 62%). Agriculture instruments were the most common mode of injury (13 patients, 50%). The common site for injury was extensor zone VI (42%, n = 11). Conclusion: Rehabilitation done for repaired extensor tendon injuries by active mobilization plan using a simple static splint has shown good results.


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