A comparative study of splint effectiveness in limiting forearm rotation

Slaughter, Adrienne, Miles, Lyn, Fleming, Jennifer and McPhail, Steven (2010). A comparative study of splint effectiveness in limiting forearm rotation. In: Australian Hand Therapy Association Conference, Brisbane, Australia, (241-247). 21-23 November 2009. doi:10.1016/j.jht.2010.02.003


Author Slaughter, Adrienne
Miles, Lyn
Fleming, Jennifer
McPhail, Steven
Title of paper A comparative study of splint effectiveness in limiting forearm rotation
Conference name Australian Hand Therapy Association Conference
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates 21-23 November 2009
Journal name Journal of Hand Therapy   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Hanley & Belfus
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1016/j.jht.2010.02.003
ISSN 0894-1130
1545-004X
Volume 23
Issue 3
Start page 241
End page 247
Total pages 6
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary 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.
Subjects 11 Medical and Health Sciences
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Presented by the first author (AS) at the following conferences: Queensland Hand Surgeons' Society Conference, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, November 21–23, 2008, and Australian Hand Therapy Association Conference, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, October 16–18, 2009.

 
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