Reverses PIP flexion contractures.
PIP flexion contractures result from a torque imbalance across the joint. Either there is not enough extensor force, too much flexor force, or a combination of the two. The Digit Widget reverses these contractures by utilizing the principle that gentle force applied over time will stimulate growth of contracted soft tissues. The Digit Widget applies extension torque to reverse the contracture, instead of joint traction used by other methods. The Digit Widget does not prohibit finger flexion. The patient remains more active during treatment, thereby minimizing joint stiffness.
It is important to remember that while the Digit Widget is very effective in reversing PIP contractures, maintenance of active joint extension requires identification and treatment of the underlying cause of each patient’s PIP joint contracture.