Student engineers team up to help heal injured fingers

Binghamton University collaborative project leads to 3D-printed orthotic device

By Melanie P. Lyons, Angelina Mitchell, Benjamin D. Wolin, Nasiah C. Brown, Jia Deng and Jane Bear-Lehman

The proximal interphalangeal joint (PIPj) of the fourth digit is one of the most common locations for hand injuries, especially among athletes in basketball, volleyball and softball. Common complications of this injury include joint stiffness, flexion contracture, redislocation, arthritis, chronic swelling and permanent functional loss.

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