Anatomic Considerations for Splinting the Thumb,
Rehabilitation of the Hand and Upper Extremity – 2002

In 1833, Sir Charles Bell wrote: “On the length, strength, free lateral motion, and perfect mobility of the thumb, depends on the power of the human hand.” With such a significant portion of hand function being attributed to the thumb, it is curious that so little is found in the literature regarding the biomechanics of splinting the thumb. Whether thumb motion is affected by the isolated injury or it is the result of severe hand trauma or stiffness, an in-depth understanding of its complex biomechanics is required to enable precise splinting… View Complete Chapter

Chapter 116: Rehabilitation of the Hand and Upper Extremity, eds: Mackin, Callahan, Osterman, Skirven, Schneider, and Hunter, 5th ed, p1858-1874, Mosby, Inc; 2002

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