The effect of early controlled mobilization interventions on early fracture healing in a simulated hand fracture-healing model

Each year, about 11,500 people in BC fracture bones in the hand, usually from an accidental fall, a blow or compression between objects. Treatment typically involves immobilizing the fractured hand in a cast or splint for up to four weeks, which is necessary to allow bones to heal, but can also lead to loss of function and the need for further interventions or rehabilitation. Some studies have shown that earlier controlled mobilization of the hand following a fracture could reduce the negative consequences associated with immobilization. But studies haven’t addressed whether this earlier intervention is safe or will improve function. Lynne Feehan is examining the safety of two methods for early mobilization to lay the foundation for future research into this potentially useful approach for reducing side effects and improving fracture healing.