Digital Nerve Study

Post-operative splinting of isolated digital nerve repairs is a contentious issue. Although suture repair techniques have advanced significantly in the past several decades, orthosis design and the use of a restricted mobilisation protocol have remained fairly consistent.

Hand Works OT in conjunction with Curtin University Honours students are involved with a proposed case-control study that aims to compare functional and sensory outcomes between splinted and non-splinted isolated digital nerve injury patients. The study will use the DASH questionnaire, Semmes-Weinstein test, two– point discrimination test and subjective measures of pain/hyperesthesia and return to work time. All standard hand therapy digital nerve repair protocols will be observed and surgeon preference for splinting will be followed.