Benefits of splinting:
- Promotes healing of bone or soft tissue
- Reduces pain
- Increases hand function
Splinting is the application of an orthopedic device which can be used to support and or align bones/joints, prevent/correct deformities, and/or improve motion of a joint.
Splinting is often an important part of our Hand Therapy Services.
- A thorough evaluation is carried out to ensure that a splint is appropriate for your injury/condition and meets your individual needs.
- Most of our custom splints are made from low temperature thermoplastic or a combination of neoprene/thermoplastic materials. They are fitted for each individual's contours and function.
- A custom made splint is made by an experienced therapist and specific instructions about wearing it will be explained to you. It is important to follow your therapist's instructions.
- Splints are normally ready within the hour.
Splinting is usually covered by your medical insurance; however, it is advisable to check with your health insurance provider for more information.
Examples of Splints and how they are used:
In acute conditions such as fractures, tendon lacerations, sprain and strains, protective splints allow injured tissues to heal and prevent further injury.
Splints may also support joints that are painful or unstable due to arthritis or injury. These splints protect the joint from progressive deformity and improve the function of the hand.
Splints may be used following injury to help improve motion by applying a specific stretch to stiff joints and/or tight soft tissues. Mobilization splints may be used along with range of motion and stretching exercises as part of a therapy program.
Splints are often helpful in treating repetitive strain/overuse injuries. A custom made splint supports the hand/wrist and takes the strain off inflamed and irritated tissues and allows them to heal.
Hand Based Thumb Spica
Osteoarthritis of the thumb or skier's thumb
Forearm Based Wrist Splint
Wrist conditions, elbow tendinopathies
Di Quervain’s, arthritis
Carpal Tunnel Splint with the MCP joints included
Ulnar Gutter Splint
Dorsal IP Blocking Splint (without fixation)
Neoprene/Thermoplastic Wrist Cuff
Trigger Finger Splint
Static Progressive Splint
To increase finger range of movement
What are the materials used in splints?
Custom splints are made from a thermoplastic material that is heated and molded to the contours of your hand or arm.
How are the custom splints different from the ones sold at the drug store?
Custom splints ensure that you are getting the right splint for your condition or injury. They also ensure a better fit. A poorly fitting over- the- counter splint might delay healing &/or create more problems.
Why do I need a specialist’s help in splinting?
The hand therapist’s in the Hand Therapy Services at ptHealth have expertise in assessing and providing the best splint for your needs.
Is splinting covered by medical insurance?
Most custom splints are covered by private medical insurance; however, it is advisable to check with your health insurance provider.
pt Health therapy services are covered by most extended health insurance companies and in some cases Veterans Affairs and Medicare - such as OHIP (Ontario), Alberta Health Care and Medical Service Plan MSP (British Columbia). Not sure if you're covered? No problem. We can help you find out (and usually within the hour). Just call us toll free at 1-866-749-7461.
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Effectiveness of hand therapy interventions in primary management of carpal tunnel syndrome: a systematic review
Journal of Hand Therapy, April- June 2004, Volume 17, Issue 2, Pages 210-228
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0894113004000432 (article needs to be purchased)
Splinting for Osteoarthritis of the Carpometacarpal Joint: A Review of the Evidence
American Journal of Occupational Therapy January/February 2007 vol. 61 no. 1 70-78
http://ajot.aotapress.net/content/61/1/70.full.pdf+html (free article)
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