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Nicola

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Nicola

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I had phase 4 DC on my little finger and have had two sessions of NA which were painless and successful in cutting the cords.
However, the finger is still at 30 degrees as the finger joint is rigid and will not move back. The joint is enlarged and has calcified. Exercises are not making any difference
Has anyone any suggestions for reducing this?
Is this common when NA/surgery is delayed?
Thanks

Linda 

Linda 
calcification

Hello,
My pinkie is also at 30% after NA. It was at 80&..Dr. Eaton's PT. recommended the brace, but does not tell everyone to use warm water therapy for about 20 minutes to stretch the skin that has tightened . She does recommend stretching the finger for about 45 minutes a little further than you normally would, a slight pull for about 45 minutes before putting on brace....the water therapy makes this easier to stretch...I do not know if it has calcified... I will find out more on second visit in Feb., rightnow I am mjust extremely happy with my 30%. lol
I believe Dr' Eaton did not want to stretch it more at the time of the D.A. because he did not want the skin to split, as it had not been stretched out in about 4 years.
I hope I have helped some....

Sean 

Sean 
After NA/surgery

Nicola,
You asked if normal? I had surgery about 2 1/2 years ago on finger that was at 85 degrees contracture. My finger is at 0 degrees at this time and 100 percent normal awaiting contracture at a later date.
I'm guessing that whether surgery or NA, what you do after the procedure is extremely important. I stretched and exercised the tissue on my own continually for several months.

nicola

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Thanks

I have been pushing the finger back as recommended, but saw on Dr Eaton's ebsite that he thought that 'strenuous' pushing and stretching should be avoided.
Perhaps strenuous is the key word

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