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A glove-type extension hand splint has been under investigation in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service of the Veterans Administration Hospital, Long Beach, Calif. After numerous modifications we arrived at the following model. We have constructed a glove in which the fingers of the glove are replaced by fingerlings which permit each finger to be secured individually. The fingerling begins just proximal to the first interphalangeal joint and ends beyond the fingertip. The fingerling is attached to a tongue of leather which forms part of the body of the glove.
The back of the glove carries a leather tunnel which continues into the tongue of each fingerling. Metal stays are inserted into each tunnel, as many as necessary to overcome the flexor spasm or contracture without causing the patient undue discomfort. A strap at the metacarpophalangeal level prevents the fingers withdrawing from the fingerlings during acute spasm. The front of
Modern FWS, Devins GV, Russey JC. A GLOVE-TYPE EXTENSION HAND SPLINT. JAMA. 1957;165(3):241. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.72980210003010a