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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. 

 

 

 

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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 can use any 1.6mm or 2mm thick thermoplastic. You want the thermoplastic to have a little bit of give, which gives it a semi-dynamic feel. I would not go any thicker than 2mm unless it is a very large hand. I find the Orfit Classic being a good option as you can use its characteristics of  it being sticky when it is warm. This makes the splint conform very well with a very good fit. 

Here is a powerpoint presentation I did a while back. It has step by step photos on how to make the Pulvertaft Splint.

 


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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