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Splinting is one part of many in treating a hand problem. We will focus on the splinting aspect, however it is important to always consult a professional to ensure splinting is approriate in each individual case. 

 

 

 

Splinting Splinting

Soft Thumb Supports

I am a big fan of the soft thumb supports. They are so versitile and I use them for a a lot of my patients.   They are great for the spastic hands to help reduce tone of the thumb. By...

Radial Nerve Palsy Splint (Pulvertaft)

This is a great, low profile splint for Radial Nerve Palsy. Patients tend to love it because of its light weight and use friendly design. I prefer to use Orfit Classic 2mm for this one, but you...

Finger Gutter Splints

My favourite thermoplastic material to use for finger gutter splints is Polyform. I usually use the 3mm think (non-perforated) material and thin it slightly when it is warm. You can of course use...

Digi-Sleeves

    For many hand patients, oedema can be an issue. Digis-sleeves is a great option to prevent or reduce swelling. And they are easy to make!   We usually use...

Using X-ray Films for Reusable Splint Patterns

Old x-ray films work well as splint pattern material, for those patterns you use over and over again! The x-ray films are thin and strong, so will last much better than paper patterns.  ...

Simple Buddy-Straps

There are a variety of buddy-straps on the market, and here is a simple, cost effective one to make yourself.  I use 12mm wide (0.5") standard velcro.   You need: Skinny loop...

Mallet Splints

There are many designs of Mallet splints to treat drop fingers, but this is my favourite. Patients like them, they are easy and cost effective to make, they stay in place and allow for...

Finger Flexion Glove

Stiff fingers can be very tricky to treat. Here is a simple but effective splint for patients with general stiffness of all finger joints.  You want to block any flexion of joints...

Make a Resting Splint

  There are couple of options of patterns when it comes to making resting splints, but I prefer the "paddle" as I find it gives the thumb a better postion and it tends to be a...

Carpal Tunnel Night Splint

                      Splinting Carpal Tunnel Syndrome at night is an effective way of trying...

Circumferential Wrist Support

When you are making a circumferential splint, you do not need to use a thick thermoplastic. For this splint I have used a 1.6mm thick microperforated Turbocast. I like the different colours it...

Fabric Lined Splint

  The Fabric lined splint is a very useful splint for those fragile, sore or swollen hands. Here I have used some soft strapping - Durawrap/Mafra, which conforms well around the hand...

Recommended Reading Recommended Reading

                                      

The "Rehabilitation of the Hand and Upper Extremity" is a must have book for anyone working in Hand Therapy.

This is a great book for anyone wanting to learn more about basic splinting principles, or for therapists teaching splinting.

Second Edition of Orthotic Intervention in the Hand and Upper Extremity is just out!

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