Upper Limb Splinting

Upper Limb Splinting or custom splints can protect joints and soft tissues, promoting the healing process of these parts. Splints are needed for support and enhancing functions when mobility is restricted owing to an injury or deformity. It is a type of intervention treatment in which a piece of material either supports or limits the mobility of the upper limb, elbow, shoulder, arm, or entire hand.

Purpose of Upper Limb Splinting
  • Minimizing pain
  • Enhance the function of the limb
  • Provide stability and support to joint or a set of joints
  • To help move the affected side or increase the movement
  • To diminish muscle stiffness and tightness
  • Help maintain hygiene
  • Lessen the chance of a long-term deformity
  • To better movement patterns or alignment
Which conditions benefit from Upper Limb Splinting?
  1. Joint conditions
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Rheumatoid arthritis.
  2. Paralyzed hands or neurological impairment.
  3. Acquired deformities of the arm or the hand.
  4. Traumatic conditions
    • Burns
    • Fractures
    • Tendon lacerations
    • Finger amputations
    • Injuries
  5. Nerve and soft tissue conditions
    • Claw hand
    • Wrist drop
    • Elbow tendinitis
    • Trigger finger
    • Wrist tendinitis
    • Carpel tunnel syndrome
    • Peripheral neuropathies
Types of upper limb splinting

Splints are of different types depending on the material used to make the splints. These are:

Lycra – this is elastic or dynamic materials are used for making the splint.

Thermoplastic – it is durable and strong plastic, heated in hot water for enhancing malleability. The support offered by this type is the highest.

Neoprene is a splint made from soft and thick material that can be cut, stretched, and sewn. Sometimes, this type is reinforced with plastic for additional support. The splint type is known for flexibility.

When does a person need a splint?

The first step is for the occupational therapist to understand if the patient needs a splint or not.

  • It involves carrying out an initial assessment. It will include evaluating the ability and difficulty levels of the patient.
  • Measuring the posture and body parts.
  • Discussing the fit and the use.
  • Our therapist might involve an orthodontist too during the assessment.

Our expert therapists collaborate with the patient, family, and physician to work out the most optimized Upper Limb Splinting plan. 

How can 7DMC help?

At the Department of Occupational Therapy of 7DMC, our skilled occupational therapists will create a personalized program after the systematic evaluation of the patient. It is essential because, accordingly, the intervention treatment can be curated. It involves the custom fabrication of splints. Our learned therapists train patients on how to use the splint to ensure optimal recovery while taking good care of the splint. It is also essential to understand that upper limb splinting is part of a comprehensive treatment plan and not the sole intervention.