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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


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 velcro - approx 15cm long (6") 

Skinny hook velcro - approx 13cm long ((5")

Sewing machine



Place the hook velcro on top of the loop, both facing up.




Sew together in the centre, using a straight seam, or elastic seam.



Put both ends of the hook velcro between the fingers you want to 'buddy'. Cut the hook velcro to be long enough for each half to just cover the whole top of the fingers. Ensure the bottom velcro (the loop) still is straight.


Now cut one of the loop velcros at the centre of the uninjured finger. That way it is easy to know how it goes back on. Then cut the other loop velcro so the edges meet. Done.



The buddy strap can be taken on and off like a ring and would not need to be opened. Just make sure you have not put it on too tightly to start with.

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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