Splinting

What is a splint?

“A device applied to directly and externally to the patient’s body with the object of supporting, correcting or compensating for an anatomical deformity or weakness, however caused. It may be applied with the additional object of assisting, allowing or restricting movement of the body”. (NAROT Clinical Guidelines, 2001)

Reasons for splinting

  • To immobilize a joint
  • To support a joint
  • To restrict movement
  • To assist movement
  • To prevent contractures
  • To reduce contractures and scar tissue
  • To prevent/minimize deformity
  • To prevent/reduce pain
  • To prevent damage to a joint
  • To increase function
  • To maintain normal muscle function
  • To increase strength
  • To decrease stiffness

Conditions that will benefit from splinting

  1. Neurological conditions e.g. cerebral palsy, strokes
  2. Rheumatoid & juvenile chronic arthritis
  3. Hand trauma: tendon & nerve injury
  4. Burns
  5. Fractures

Types of splints

Static: the actual splint has no moveable parts

Dynamic: there is a moveable component to the splint.

Soft: is made out of soft material e.g. neoprene, a bandage or tape

At Q Enrichment Center, our Occupational Therapist will conduct an extensive assessment to determine the type of splint that would be required depending on the condition and clinical presentation. Splints will be custom made to each individual client and their specific needs. The splinting material used at Q Enrichment is woodcast®, which is a 100% biodegradable.

Testimonials

“What a fantastic team at Q Enrichment Center. I 100% recommend them for any family. They conduct themselves in the most professional attitude all around, they are welcoming and my son enjoyed the service thoroughly. Thanks again.”
– Jean (Mother of child client)

“Q Enrichment Center has “A brilliant speech therapist she single handily helped me overcome the difficulties of dysphagia. Her work truly is a vocation, her desire for me to make a full recovery was just as strong if not stronger than my own. By far the best therapist I was fortunate enough to deal with.”
– Chris (Male adult client)

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