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Early favorable reports of splinting as a noninvasive intervention for contracture

  • Ball C, Nanchahal J. The Use of Splinting as a Non-Surgical Treatment for Dupuytren’s Disease: a Pilot Study. Br. J. Hand Ther. 2002.7(3):76–8. (PDF)
  • Brauns A, Van Nuffel M, De Smet L, Degreef I. A clinical trial of tension and compression orthoses for Dupuytren contractures. J Hand Ther. 2017;(2016):1-8. doi:10.1016/j.jht.2016.11.011 (PDF)

Worse outcomes following postoperative passive extension splinting compared to stress-free splinting

  • Evans RB, Dell PC, Fiolkowski P. A clinical report of the effect of mechanical stress on functional results after fasciectomy for Dupuytren’s contracture. J Hand Ther. 2002;15(4):331-339. (PDF)
  • Rivlin M, Osterman M, Jacoby S, Skirvin T, Ukomadu U, Osterman AL. The incidence of postoperative flare reaction and tissue complications in Dupuytren’s disease using tension-free immobilization. Hand. 2014;9(4):459-65. (PDF)

Lack of patient-reported functional effect of splinting for posttraumatic PIP flexion contractures

  • Cantero-Téllez R, Cuesta-Vargas AI, Cuadros-Romero M. Treatment of Proximal Interphalangeal Joint Flexion Contracture: Combined Static and Dynamic Orthotic Intervention Compared With Other Therapy Intervention: A Randomized Controlled Trial. J Hand Surg Am 2015:1–5. (PDF)

Lack of added benefit from splinting following fasciectomy for Dupuytren contracture

  • Collis J, Collocott S, Hing W, Kelly E. The effect of night extension orthoses following surgical release of Dupuytren contracture: a single-center, randomized, controlled trial. J Hand Surg Am 2013;38:1285–94.e2. (PDF)
  • Ebskov LB, Boeckstyns ME, Sorensen AI, Soe-Nielsen N. Results after surgery for severe Dupuytren’s contracture: does a dynamic extension splint influence outcome? Scand J Plast Reconstr Surg Hand Surg. 2000/07/20 ed. 2000.34(2):155–60. (PDF)
  • Jerosch-Herold C, Shepstone L, Chojnowski AJ, Larson D, Barrett E, Vaughan SP. Night-time splinting after fasciectomy or dermo-fasciectomy for Dupuytren’s contracture: a pragmatic, multi-centre, randomised controlled trial. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2011/06/23 ed. 2011.12:136. (PDF)
  • Kemler MA, Houpt P, van der Horst CM. A pilot study assessing the effectiveness of postoperative splinting after limited fasciectomy for Dupuytren’s disease. J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2012/02/09 ed. 2012.37(8):733–7. (PDF)
  • Larson D, Jerosch-Herold C. Clinical effectiveness of post-operative splinting after surgical release of Dupuytren’s contracture: a systematic review. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2008/07/23 ed. 2008.9:104. (PDF)
  • Rives K, Gelberman R, Smith B, Carney K. Severe contractures of the proximal interphalangeal joint in Dupuytren’s disease: results of a prospective trial of operative correction and dynamic extension splinting. J Hand Surg Am. 1992/11/01 ed. 1992.17(6):1153–9. (PDF)
  • Samargandi OA, Alyouha S, Larouche P, Corkum JP, Kemler MA, Tang DT. Night Orthosis After Surgical Correction of Dupuytren Contractures: A Systematic Review. J Hand Surg Am. 2017;42(10):839.e1-839.e10. doi:10.1016/j.jhsa.2017.06.100 (PDF)

Lack of added benefit from splinting following needle aponeurotomy for Dupuytren contracture

  • Tam L, Ot B, Ont R, et al. Original article Needle aponeurotomy for Dupuytren contracture : Effectiveness of postoperative night extension splinting. 2016;24(1):23-26. (PDF)