Hand Stiffness and Contractures

Hand Stiffness and Contractures from Norman Weinzweig, MD, FACS

By: Norman Weinzweig, MD, FACS  10/29/2015
Keywords: Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Surgeon

Hand stiffness and contractures may result from improper or prolonged splintage, burns, crush or avulsion injuries, following replantation. Often, multiple structures are involved including the soft tissues, tendons, ligaments, joints and bones. Conservative management includes stretching exercises for the tendons, joints and muscles, use of a CPM machine, various static and dynamic splints or serial casting under the care of an experienced hand therapist. When conservative management is unsuccessful due to the severity of the scarring, stiffness or contracture, surgery is warranted. Successful functional outcomes depend on the combined efforts of the surgeon, therapist and patient.

Keywords: Hand Injury, Hand Surgeon, Hand Surgery, Plastic Surgeon, Plastic Surgery, Surgeon, Surgery

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