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A 43 year old male sustained a full thickness burn on both of his upper extremities and dorsum of the hands. To begin occupational therapy treatment, what would be the safest exercise to complete with this patient?
A) Flexing the wrist 20 degrees while performing isolated movements to each DIP joint
B) Stabilizing the wrist to 15 degrees of extension while performing isolated movements to each DIP joint
C) Stabilizing the wrist in neutral and completing isolated movements to each IP joint
D) Performing finger PIP/DIP composite flexion

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Asked on January 25, 2017 5:02 pm
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It is important to keep safety in mind first when working with a patient who has a full thickness burn. The therapeutic position for the wrist is slight extension with burns. It will be safest to start distal to proximal with a small joint and initially placing the patients wrist in slight extension will give the new graft some slack and then the OT can provide ROM one joint at a time.

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Answered on January 25, 2017 5:13 pm
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