Department| Volume 19, ISSUE 4, P448, October 2006

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Results of Proximal Interphalangeal Joint Release for Extension Contractures

      Management of stiffness of the proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joint of the finger remains a controversial problem. Despite the large number of papers describing the different approaches in releasing flexion and extension contractures in PIP joints, only two studies actually support their conclusions with statistical analyses. The aim of this study was twofold. The first goal was to statistically analyze the results of extensor tenolysis with dorsal capsulotomy for PIP joints in extension contractures. Secondly, the gain in range of motion (ROM) in the PIP joint following extensor tenolysis and dorsal capsulotomy was compared with that found in the literature.
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