The use of a moulded metacarpal brace versus neighbour strapping for fractures of the little finger metacarpal neck

J Hand Surg Br. 2001 Jun;26(3):261-3. doi: 10.1054/jhsb.2000.0509.


Seventy-three patients with fractures of the neck of the little finger metacarpal were randomized to treatment with a moulded metacarpal brace or neighbour strapping. Sixty-five of these attended for follow-up at 3 weeks. Both treatment modalities permitted a functional range of movement, but patients treated with the metacarpal brace had significantly less pain than those treated with neighbour strapping, and this facilitated an early return to work.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Bandages*
  • Braces*
  • Child
  • Female
  • Fracture Healing / physiology
  • Fractures, Bone / therapy*
  • Hand Injuries / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Metacarpus / injuries*
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain Measurement
  • Range of Motion, Articular / physiology