Often referred to as an orthosis, we refer to them as a splint or brace. They are custom-made, to fit you using thermoplastic material. Splints are adjustable, can be any size, for any joint and are waterproof.
- We can make a splint on the spot. It can be adjusted to make sure it fits as often as required. Our creativity is the only thing limiting what we can make.
- Why choose a thermoplastic splint? Because it can be made to go over only the joints that are required, while allowing all other joints to move and prevent them from becoming stiff or cause muscle wasting. They are not bulky and are individual to you.
Splints have many purposes
- Used to protect
· Tendon lacerations or repairs,
· Humerus, elbow, forearm, wrist, hand, thumb and finger fractures,
· Crush injuries to the arm, wrist, hand, thumb or fingers,
· Joint dislocations
· Specialised surgery for skin flaps, skin grafts and burns.
- Used to prevent movement
· Tenosynovitis for example deQuervains, ECU tenosynovitis
· Trigger finger, trigger thumb
- Used to Move (Mobilise)
Splints can block movement of certain joints to ensure specific retraining, exercise of muscles, stretching and movement to increase movement of stiff joints.
Thermoplastics can become remouldable at 70 degrees Celsius
Many thermoplastics return to their original form when placed back into heat.
Some do not. If not controlled e.g. left in a hot car in the middle of the hot day, they will be reduced to a moulded mess.
Most thermoplastics have a shelf life of up to 1 year but have been known to last longer if cared for.
There are many different types of thermoplastics and depending on why the splint is being made, it will determine the Properties of the thermoplastics that is selected.
The areas that are considered when choosing which thermoplastic is selected include
- Rigidity (stiffness)
- Durability or reusability
- Ease of fabrication