A splint is a piece of medical equipment used to keep an injured body part from moving and to protect it from any further damage. Although splints are mostly used for supporting broken bones before the injured person is taken to the hospital, they are also used to support limbs with severe strain or sprain. Splints are also used to improve range of motion as they gradually stretch stiff joints or soft tissues.
Splints can be used for the following:
- Joint Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Degenerative diseases like Arthritis
- Soft tissue Injuries
Some conditions they can help with:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
- Trigger finger
- Skier’s thumb
- Mallet finger
- Chronic pain
- Ligament sprains
- Post-surgical tendon repair
- Shoulder dislocations
- Hand fractures
- Wrist fractures
- Thumb fractures
- Leg fractures
- Boutonnière deformity (or swan neck deformity)
How do Splints work?
Splints are medical devices which are used to immobilize the injured area, usually limbs. However, Splints are also used for different purposes and the most widely used are:
Immobilization Splints: Used to immobilize the injured area to prevent further injury and to relieve pain until advanced medical help is administered. These can be used for broken bones, dislocated joints, and injured soft tissues such as tendons and ligaments.
Mobilization Splints: This type of splint is designed to treat joint stiffness for a diagnosis such as a healed proximal phalanx fracture. These splints are commonly referred to as dynamic or static progressive splints.
Static Splints: Static splints are used to immobilize and protect tendons, bones, ligaments, nerves and joints. This category of splints is generally used to safely position injured or compromised joints to avoid injury, stiffness or deformity. These splints can also be used to rest and properly position an overused, painful or inflamed area.
Give us a call today at Alpha Physio and speak to one of our experts about the range of medical devices we offer and which one is best suited for you. Don’t live another day with pain!