What is Splinting?


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.

Splinting is often an important part of our hand therapy services at pt Health.

We will carry out a thorough evaluation to ensure that a splint is appropriate for your injury/condition and meets your individual needs.

Our custom splints are normally ready within the hour. Most are made from low temperature thermoplastic or a combination of neoprene/thermoplastic materials, and are fitted for each individual’s contours and function.

Specific instructions about wearing your splint will be explained to you. It is important to follow your therapist’s instructions.

Examples of Splinting


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
    • Splints protect the joint from progressive deformity & help improve function of the hand
  • 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
  • Help treat repetitive strain/overuse injuries
    • A custom made splint supports the hand/wrist and takes the strain off inflamed and irritated tissues to allow 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

Frequently Asked Questions


Coverage Options


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Typically, these plans pay 80-100% fee for service. If you have a dental plan, chances are you also have coverage for many of the services and products we offer at pt Health.

pt Health also accepts auto insurance and Work Safety Insurance Board (WSIB/WCB).

In some cases, we also accept Veterans Affairs and Medicare, such as:

  • OHIP (Ontario)
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  • Medical Service Plan MSP (British Columbia)

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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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