Custom splinting, while it is a challenging skill to master, is something that we are proud to say we offer here at Forward Physical Therapy. A splint, also known as orthosis, is a piece of medical equipment that is used as a way to keep an injured body part immobile during the healing process, in order to protect it from further damage. An orthosis may be defined as “static,” meaning they prevent motion altogether, or “dynamic,” meaning they allow for functional, controlled motions.
Through the advanced training and skills of our Occupational Therapist/Certified Hand Therapists, we are able to offer custom splinting in-house, which is something that many rehabilitation clinics simply are not able to offer.
Some common conditions that may require splinting of the upper extremities include, but are not limited to:
- Sprains and strains
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Nerve injuries
You may be wondering, “Why is custom splinting so important?” According to the American Family Physician, “splinting is the preferred method of immobilization in the acute care setting,” because splints are faster and easier to apply. They also state that splints allow for the “natural swelling that occurs during the initial inflammatory phase of the injury.” This helps the affected area heal quicker and regain function more effectively than a cast might. By offering this in- house, we are able to get you started on that process ASAP!
Do you have an injury or condition that might be in need of a custom splint? If so, don’t hesitate to contact us at Forward Physical Therapy to schedule an appointment with our Knoxville, TN therapist!
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