What is a thermoplastic splint?
A thermoplastic splint is a custom-made medical device used to treat orthopaedics problems or rheumatology disorders of the upper limb (fingers, hand and wrist). It can be utilised at all age. It is made of mouldable plastic, adjusted and fitted perfectly to a part of your limb. Some splints can be removed from time to time; others must stay in place as long as required without being removed.
What is a thermoplastic splint used for?
This comfortable and perfectly moulded device speeds up recovery. Thermoplastic splint is easy to use and helps carry on daily activities. It can protects joints, bones or tendons while the injury is healing, maintains the joints in the right functional position and can support a part of the limb while the muscles are paralysed or weak
How do I look after my splint?
- Removable thermoplastic splints may be cleaned with cold soapy water
- Make sure your splint is completely dry before wearing it again
- Keep your splint away from direct heat such as fire, hot water or hot surface as in your car.
How do I look for my limb when wearing my splint?
- Ensure that your splint does not cause irritation or damage of your skin, especially where it is in contact with bony prominences.
- Check your toes or fingers for any tingling, numbness, pain, swelling, bluish colour or cold temperature. If this is happening you must contact your physiotherapist or your doctor without delay or come to the accident & emergency department of the hospital
- Infection can develop in the warm and moist environment under a splint. Any break in the skin could become infected and require appropriate care.
When should I contact the physiotherapy department?
- Your splint is damaged and must be fixed or replaced
- Your splint is rubbing on your skin, causing red marks, sores or blister and discomfort
- You experience pain, swelling, numbness, discomfort
If you have any concern, do not hesitate to contact your physiotherapist