Surgical Versus Conservative Treatment of Acute Mallet Fingers; a Randomised Controlled Trial
Recruitment status was Not yet recruiting
The investigators are investigating if surgical treatment of injuries to the tendon which straightens the finger tip gives a better functional outcome than treatment with a splint while the tendon heals.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
- DASH score [ Time Frame: 3, 6, 12 and 18 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Range of movement at distal interphalyngeal joint. [ Time Frame: 3, 6, 12 and 18 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||January 2010|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||June 2011|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||January 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Procedure: extensor tendon repair
The investigators will randomise patients to receive splinting of their finger while their tendon heals or have surgical intervention. Surgical intervention will entail fixing the tendon with bone anchors and splinting. Conservative treament involves splinting while the tendon heals. We will then monitor the functional outcome of the hand using the DASH questionare over 18 months.