Splinting is a skill frequently used in hand therapy. There are many reasons why splints are used as part of the therapeutic process. Over the years, the science of splinting has evolved from exclusive use of plaster paris to the consistent use of a low temperature, thermoplastic material. This material allows for a contoured and customized fit with improved comfort for the patient.
Here are just a few of the reasons why splints are used as part of the therapeutic process:
The hand therapy team at MMI has over 70 years of combined splinting experience. The therapists are educated in proper splinting techniques and the ability to customize the splint to the patient's diagnosis and personal needs. In addition to collaborating with the patient's physician, hand therapists have a working knowledge of anatomy, surgical repair and injury that are necessary to provide the patient with adequate safe movement to avoid stiffness, while allowing proper protection for healing.