Initial treatment of closed metacarpal fractures. A controlled comparison of compression glove and splintage.

@article{McMahon1994InitialTO,
  title={Initial treatment of closed metacarpal fractures. A controlled comparison of compression glove and splintage.},
  author={Patrick J. McMahon and David A. Woods and Peter D Burge},
  journal={Journal of hand surgery},
  year={1994},
  volume={19 5},
  pages={597-600}
}
A prospective clinical trial compared two forms of initial management for closed stable fractures of the shaft of the finger metacarpals. Patients were randomized to treatment with a compression glove and early mobilization (21 patients) or to immobilization in a plaster splint (21 patients). The mean loss of total active flexion (MP+PIP+DIP) in the second week after injury was 56 degrees in the glove group and 84 degrees in the splint group (P = 0.0036). In the third week, the mean loss of… CONTINUE READING

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