The subject of this article is the rehabilitation treatment after repair of the central slip.
Traditionally the protocol after tendon repair of the central slip provides immobilization of the PIP (Proximal Interphalangeal) in full extension for 4-6 weeks, followed by therapy to restore motion.
The position of MP (Metacarpo phalangeal joint) during exercise is very important since it must be at neutral extension to facilitate the transmission of EDC (extensor digitorum com munis) force distal to the central slip region and the position of wrist 30[degrees]-flexion to reduce the passive tension of the digital extrinsic flexors.
The patient, a 35-year-old woman, sustained a laceration of the central slip with a blade of a knife.
Early active short arc motion for the repaired central slip J Hand Surg 1994;19(6):991-7