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Table 5 Evaluation of periodic grip strength measurements and differences according to the splint method

From: Comparison of functional metacarpal splint and ulnar gutter splint in the treatment of fifth metacarpal neck fractures: a prospective comparative study

Grip strength measurements (lbs) UGS (n = 18) FMS (n = 22) a P
Fractured side
 2nd month Min-Max (Median) 49–107 (80) 40–106 (73) a0.608
Mean ± SD 77.06 ± 16.16 74.32 ± 17.03
 6th month Min-Max (Median) 53–120 (92,5) 55–112 (82,5) a0.498
Mean ± SD 89.67 ± 18.97 85.95 ± 15.36
  c p 0.001** 0,001**  
2nd - 6th month increase Mean ± SD (Median) 17.08 ± 15.47 (16.2) 17.57 ± 13.37 (15.1) a0.892
Loss of grip strength (lbs)
 2nd month Mean ± SD (Median) 14.12 ± 20.89 (10.6) 6.46 ± 16.28 (1.3) a0.226
c p 0.008** 0.097
 6th month Mean ± SD (Median) 0.84 ± 13.49 (− 4.1) −2.24 ± 16.58 (−4.4) a0.673
c p 0.982 0.383
  1. UGS Ulnar gutter splint, (FMS) Functional metacarpal splint, Min Minimum, Max Maximum, SD Standard deviation
  2. *p < 0.05, **p < 0.01
  3. aMann Whitney U Test
  4. cWilcoxon Signed Ranks Test