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2020 03

Ann Plast Surg


3S Suppl 2

A Paradigm Shift in Managing Acute and Chronic Boutonniere Deformity: Anatomic Rationale and Early Clinical Results for the Relative Motion Concept Permitting Immediate Active Motion and Hand Use.


We have utilized relative motion splinting for early motion following acute repair of boutonniere injuries, and we have developed nonoperative orthosis-based therapy for the treatment of chronic injuries. We offer our early clinical experience using relative motion flexion splinting for boutonniere deformities and explain the anatomic rationale that permits immediate active motion and hand use following acute injury or repair. For chronic boutonniere deformity, we offer a nonsurgical management method with low morbidity as a safe alternative to surgery.