A COMPARISON OF K WIRE AND SPINAL NEEDLES FOR METACARPAL SHAFT FRACTURES: HEALING DURATION AND FUNCTIONAL RESULTS
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2022, Volume 9, Issue 3, Pages 1572-1584
AbstractThe study evaluated metacarpal shaft fractures treated with a stylet of 18–20-gauge spinal needles as an intramedullary elastic nail and K wire by measuring hand functions after fracture union. Range of motion, clinical, and radiological fracture union were assessed at 6 weeks and monthly until 6 months. Michigan's Score evaluates results. The spinal needle's flexibility and tensile strength permitted more fracture micromovements than a K wire. Wrist joint ROM was similar except for extension. Stylet-treated patients extended their lives more than K-wire-treated individuals.
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