Custom Splinting / Bracing

Custom splints (orthoses) are fabricated by hand therapists. Patients benefit from the custom splints accurate fitting for their diagnoses, which directly relates to an injury, surgery or disease process. The splint is usually made from a low temperature thermoplastic material that is heated in warm water and molded to custom fit the individual, then secured to the body part with velcro straps. 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
  • Dislocations
  • Strains/Sprains
  • Torn Muscles/Tendons
  • Arthritis
  • Burns
  • Nerve Injuries
  • Tendinitis
  • Post-surgery

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