Incorporating customized splint fabrication is a key part of the healing process for men and women with hand, wrist or elbow pain. Splints can be used as part of a conservative treatment approach or after surgery to aid recovery. When splint fabrication is tailored to meet the exact needs of the patient, it can be very beneficial for healing.
Contact us online today to learn more about how splint fabrication can promote recovery for hand health conditions, or after injury or hand surgery. The Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas helps men and women from Austin, Round Rock and throughout Texas restore hand and wrist functionality.
What Is Splint Fabrication?
A splint is often thought of as a device that holds the wrist or elbow in place and prevents movement. However, special splints can be made to allow partial movement. This can make it easier to improve a particular health condition or injury. Splint fabrication also allows for the use of progressive splints that adjust to the needs of the patient as healing progresses.
- A static splint holds the affected joint in place. This ensures that the proper alignment of bones, ligaments and tendons is maintained during healing. Static splints are commonly used after hand and wrist fractures or ligament injuries.
- A dynamic splint allows for some motion. This helps minimize the growth of scar tissue that could limit future motion. Dynamic splints add support that can reduce the discomfort associated with repetitive stress conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome or tennis elbow while still allowing some joint movement.
There are also positioning splints, which help correct or prevent deformity, and functional splints to improve functionality.
A number of different elements are considered when deciding which type of splint to use. The current phase of tissue healing, the original condition or complaint and recovery goals all play a part. It’s common for patients to start out with a static splint at first before moving on to a dynamic splint in combination with hand therapy as healing progresses.
Benefits of Splint Fabrication
Customized splints are important for optimum healing after an injury or surgery. The splints can be made from a variety of materials that offer different properties and advantages. Each splint is literally molded to the patient’s body to meet his or her unique needs precisely. Not only does this give the hand and wrist the exact support it needs to minimize discomfort and promote healing, but there are a number of other benefits as well:
- Removable for tending wounds or bathing
- Easily adjustable if needed
- Allows for an increase or decrease in swelling as the body heals
- Can be molded into virtually any necessary position
- Can be thick, thin, supportive, rigid, smooth, perforated or conforming as needed
Contact us online today to learn more about your splint fabrication options after injury or hand surgery. The Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas helps men and women from Austin, Round Rock and throughout Texas improve their quality of life with splint fabrication.