Orthopedics Book



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. Technique: Position (holding a glass or can)
    1. Wrist extended at 25 degrees
    2. MCP joint flexed at 60 degrees (45 to 70 degrees)
    3. Each IP joint (PIP and DIP) flexed at 5-10 degrees
    4. Thumb in slight abduction away from palm
  4. Precautions
    1. Inability to assume position of function is a red flag
      1. Suggests nerve or Tendon Injury

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