Pin the Tail on the Finger

This pin was placed in this patients finger for a reason rather than a fancy decoration. What do you think this pin could be doing for this patient. Here is a bit of history about the patient. The patient has an intra-articular PIPJ fracture with comminution. Don’t be shy post your comments, you can be anonymous.

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This patient had a pin put in like that to allow him to have a traction splint applied. The traction splint is designed to allow the patient to move while healing occurs in a comminuted joint. Rubberbands will attach to the pins and then the splint portion that circles the finger!

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