Splinting

What is Splinting

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Splinting is the application of an orthopaedic device which can be used to support and or align bones/joints, prevent/correct deformities, and/or improve motion of a joint.

  • 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 often an important part of our Hand Therapy Services.

Splinting Examples

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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

Hand Based Thumb Spica

Osteoarthritis of the thumb or skier’s thumb (1st carpo-metacarpal)

Forearm Based Wrist Splint

 Forearm Based Wrist Splint

Wrist conditions, elbow tendinopathies

Neoprent/Thermo-plastic Splint

Neoprent/Thermo-plastic Splint 

Di Quervain’s, arthritis

Carpal Tunnel Splint with the MCP joints included Carpal Tunnel Splint with the MCP joints included

Carpal Tunnel Splint with the MCP joints included

Ulnar Gutter Splint

Ulnar Gutter Splint

 Metacarpal Fracture

Dorsal IP Blocking Splint Dorsal IP Blocking Splint (without fixation)

 Dorsal IP Blocking Splint (without fixation)

Trigger Thumb

Neoprene/Thermoplastic Wrist Cuff Neoprene/Thermoplastic Wrist Cuff

 Neoprent/Thermoplastic Wrist Cuff

Wrist pain

Static Progressive Splint

 Static Progressive Splint 

To increase finger range of movement

Trigger Finger Splint

Trigger Finger Splint

Common Questions

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Custom splints are made from a thermoplastic material that is heated and molded to the contours of your hand or arm.
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. 
The hand therapist’s in the Hand Therapy Services at ptHealth have expertise in assessing and providing the best splint for your needs.

Most custom splints are covered by private medical insurance; however, it is advisable to check with your health insurance provider.

Coverage Options

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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.

At pt Health we believe your health should come first. We take care of the paperwork so you can focus on getting better, plus we offer direct insurance billing, saving you time and up front costs.

Learn More About pt Health Coverage Options

Research

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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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