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Man Ther. 2012 Oct;17(5):479-82. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2011.11.001. Epub 2011 Nov 27.

Cross-frictional therapy and stretching for the treatment of palmar adhesions due to Dupuytren's contracture: a prospective case study.

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Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, 6100 Leslie Street, Toronto, ON M2H 3J1, Canada.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the potential for treatment of palmar adhesions associated with Dupuytren's contracture using instrument-assisted cross-frictional massage (CFM) and stretching.

METHODS:

This was a prospective case study. The primary intervention consisted of a 2-min multi-planar CFM over the affected area of the palm, followed by a 2-min maximal finger-extension stretch.

RESULTS:

Following eight weeks of treatment there were increases in both passive and active extension range of motion of the digits, reduction in the visibility of palmar adhesions, and subjective improvements in hand function.

CONCLUSIONS:

This treatment protocol may offer a substitute for the current invasive surgical and injection procedures that are available.

PMID:
22123331
DOI:
10.1016/j.math.2011.11.001
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