At Bel Air Center for Plastic and Hand
Splinting the upper extremity is a unique and highly skilled responsibility of the hand therapist. The provider that diagnosed you will write a prescription for a specific splint to promote healing. The decision of splint type will be specific to the needs of your injury or condition.
Custom splints (orthoses) are fabricated using a light weight thermoplastic material. There are a variety of types of thermoplast materials used for splints. Your therapist will choose the material that best meets the needs of the splint he or she is making. Custom splints are molded to the patient to accommodate for differences in anatomy, swelling, or wounds. These custom splints can be remolded as swelling decreases or if there is any pain or skin irritation caused by them. The splints should never cause redness or skin irritation and need to be adjusted if this happens by the therapist.