Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN, USA
Is a CMC Mini-Tight Rope Suspensionplasty, Combined with a Post-operative Therapy Course, a Favorable Option to Improve Function, Increase Strength, and Decrease Pain?
Author(s): Cathy*, Andrew Bender, Paul Perry and Craig Carter
Background: The mini-tight rope suspensionplasty is a relatively new surgical procedure for treatment of carpometacarpal arthritis. Carpometacarpal arthritis is becoming a frequent diagnosis seen in hand surgery and hand therapy. There is currently minimal research available regarding the post- operative therapy progression and the outcomes related to post-operative management after mini-tight rope suspensionplasty. Therefore, we ask, is a CMC mini-tight rope suspensionplasty, combined with a post-operative therapy course, a favorable option to improve function, increase strength, and decrease pain? Methods and findings: Twenty six participants underwent the mini-tight rope suspensionplasty procedure and were progressed through the post-operative therapy protocol. Therapy lasted 10 weeks post-operation and measurements were taken pre-operatio.. View More»