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Authors: Fiesky Nuñez, Renato Fricker, Matej Kastelec, Terry Axelrod

Middle phalanges - DIP joint - Bicondylar fracture

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Glossary

Follow up

X-ray checks of fracture position have to be performed immediately after the splint has been applied.

Follow-up check x-rays in the splint should be taken after 1 week, and possibly after 2 weeks. Immobilization is continued until about 4 weeks after the injury. At that time an x-ray without the splint is taken to confirm healing. Splinting can then usually be discontinued and active mobilization is initiated. Functional exercises are recommended.

If after 8 weeks radiographs confirm healing, full manual loading can be permitted.

v1.0 2008-11-08