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Custom thermoplastic splints

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Custom thermoplastic splints

Custom thermoplastic splints

Customised splints are specialised medical devices used to treat hand injuries. They range from thermoplastic to soft splints, each with their own purpose and material properties. Here we take a look at the different types of splints and what they are used for.

Orthopaedic specialist or physical therapist, assesses the patient’s condition and determines the need for a custom splint. They evaluate the injury or condition, consider the desired immobilization and support requirements, and take measurements and/or scans of the affected body part.

Custom thermoplastic splints offer several advantages, including the ability to precisely tailor the splint to the patient’s unique anatomy and needs. They are lightweight, durable, and can be remolded if necessary. It is essential to consult with a healthcare professional for proper assessment, fitting, and monitoring when using custom thermoplastic splints to ensure their effectiveness and safety.

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Thermoplastic Splints

Thermoplastic splints are made from thermoplastic materials, which become soft when heated and can be moulded to conform to the specific contours of an individual’s body. They range from different colours, levels of thickness, perforation and properties. They are lightweight, durable and can be remoulded many times. Each splint is customised to the contour and size of each individual’s hand and wrist. Thermoplastic splints can be used to treat a wide range of hand and wrist injuries, including:

  • Hand fractures, finger fractures, thumb fractures,wrist fractures and elbow fractures
  • Ligament and tendon injuries, such as Skier’s thumb, trigger finger, mallet finger, jersey finger and volar plate injuries
  • Thumb arthritis
  • Repetitive strain injuries (RSI), such as carpal tunnel syndrome and de Quervain’s tenosynovitis
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Custom thermoplastic splints
Custom thermoplastic splints

Soft Splints

Soft splints or braces are made out of soft materials, such as neoprene, lycra or foam lined materials. They come in different levels of thickness and colours. Like thermoplastic splints, soft splints are customised to the shape of your hand. Unlike hard thermoplastic materials, soft splints allow for some movement of joints. They are commonly used to treat these conditions:

  • Swelling of the hand, finger and wrist
  • Finger stiffness after an upper limb injury
  • Thumb, wrist and finger arthritis
  • Handwriting problems in children
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Leather wrist brace

A leather wrist brace is sometimes used to treat patients with wrist arthritis. It is made out of real leather and moulded to the shape of your wrist and forearm. Leather is a more durable material than thermoplastic, making it a good option if a patient requires to wear a splint for heavy duty work is not ready to have surgery for wrist arthritis.

How a Hand Therapist can help you

Hand Therapists are experts in treating hand, finger, thumb, wrist and elbow injuries. They will assess and diagnose your condition, and determine the appropriate splint required to treat your hand injury. A Hand Therapist will make a customised thermoplastic or soft splint for you during your appointment.

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We offer a wide range of hand therapy services to help you overcome any hand, wrist or arm injury. Treatment could include rehabilitation exercises to build strength and support, or a custom made splint or cast to help mend your condition.

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We offer a wide range of hand therapy services to help you overcome any hand, wrist or arm injury. Treatment could include rehabilitation exercises to build strength and support, or a custom made splint or cast to help mend your condition.

Specialist Physiotherapists

Looking after your hands is our highest priority. Our Certified Hand Therapist will tailor a treatment plan to your needs and lifestyle. We may need to refer you onto surgical advice or for x-rays or other scans should we need to have a clearer picture of your situation.

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