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Normal Anatomic Position of the Hand and Wrist

Aka: Normal Anatomic Position of the Hand and Wrist, Hand Position of Function, Safe Hand Position
  1. See Also
    1. Hand Injury
  2. Indication
    1. Hand Injury
    2. Splinting position of hand and wrist
      1. Avoids extensor contractures at MCP joints
      2. Avoids flexor contractures at IP joints
  3. Position
    1. MCP joint flexed at 45 to 70 degrees
    2. Each IP joint (PIP and DIP) flexed at 10 degrees
    3. Thumb in slight abduction
  4. Precautions
    1. Inability to assume position of function is a red flag
      1. Suggests nerve or Tendon Injury

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