Custom Splint Fabrication
What is custom splinting?
When a splint is purchased off the shelf it usually comes in sizes small, medium, and large. It is never an exact fit to each individual's arm and has limitations with what adjustments can be made.
Custom splints or orthoses are fabricated by hand therapists. The splint is usually made from a low temperature thermoplastic material that is heated in warm water and molded to custom fit the individual. The splint is secured to the body part with velcro straps and the fitting and fabrication is specific to the purpose of the splint and comfort of the individual. All custom splints/orthoses can be adjusted to accommodate changes in swelling, mobility, or stage of healing.
Common diagnoses that may require a splint include:
- Fractures/Broken Bone
- Torn Muscles/Tendons
- Nerve Injuries
Purposes of splints may include:
- Immobilize and rest
- Protect injured areas
- Assist range of motion and increase function
- Stretch connective tissue and increase joint mobility
- Prevent or correct joint deformity
- Maintain alignment of a joint following joint replacement