Hand & Arm Splints
Because all hands are different, we like to custom make splints on our clients to suit their individual needs.
Custom made splints are usually ready to take home directly after your appointment.
We will assess your specific splinting needs.
Splints are used for different reasons for different injuries & conditions;
- Positioning & correction; to support joints with aim to maintain the best alignment of the arm structures (joint, muscle, bone), and to correct joint deformities
- Function; we are seeing an increasing number of young (paediatric) occupational therapy clients in the hills who are benefiting from functional supportive splints (usually made from wet suit material). These splints are used to support weak muscles during play and writing activities. We will always incorporate specific strengthening exercises to maintain muscle balance in the hand- this helps in the development of the hand and its strength and will promote use in play and other functional and learning activities.
- Comfort; to provide support for comfort during the day and night.
Our splints are made from thermoplastic, leather, plaster, wet suit & other materials. What we make your splint from will depend upon your need. Some examples of how we use different splinting materials include;
- Plastic; we choose light-weight, water-proof, breathable, thin & sturdy thermoplastic material. Thermoplastic splinting material is very versatile and can be used for supporting broken bones, joint replacements, tendinitis, ligament stains and joint strains. Our hand therapist hand picks the highest quality materials she can source, and we have a variety of colours in stock, and can recommend the colours which don't tend to show the dirt!
- Wet suit material (neoprene); is soft, supportive, warm and easily removed and replaced. This can be used to support injured joints during sport and for work, for example with wrist strains, de Quervains tenosynovitis, tennis & golfers elbow. We also love to use neoprene for warmth following nerve injury / repair and for base of thumb arthritis- particularly for our keen gardeners and hikers in the cooler months in the Adelaide Hills. And we also use neoprene to make little finger splint to help straighten out bent finger joints, affectionately known a "stubby holders".
- Leather; leather wrist supports are used when stability is needed during heavier work duties, for example; farming, shearing, stone masonry and building. Conditions like Kienbock's disease, TFC injuries and chronic wrist pain can benefit from a strong, sturdy, leather splint. Leather is incredibly hard wearing, it shapes nicely with use, and it is also warming.
- Plaster; is used for serial casting to slowly straighten out bend finger joints. We like to use this with fingers that have a Boutonniere Deformity, and where the finger is difficult to straighten following fracture, tendon or ligament injury and repair. Plaster is inexpensive and when worn constantly, tight ligaments tend to relax into a lengthened posture.
We choose splinting materials from local SA suppliers when ever possible.
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