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What is an Orthopedic Splint?  

An orthopedic splint is an object that is designed to support or immobilize an injured limb or other body part. Splints can be pre-manufactured or custom made with specialized materials that may be rigid or semi-rigid. Splints generally have some kind of soft padding on the inside as a barrier between the skin and the splint to prevent chafing, discomfort or further injury. Here are some reasons why splinting is considered as a treatment option by orthopedics.  

Indications for Splinting:  

  • To immobilize injured limbs or other body parts 
  • Protecting the injured area 
  • Preventing further injury 
  • Pain relief 
  • Securing the injured area.  
  • Fracture treatment 

Splinting Materials 

Like mentioned above splints are mostly used to immobilize or partly mobilize injured body parts so that it can heal faster and more effectively. Many types of splinting and strapping materials are available for the same purpose. Splints are used in place of traditionally used casts that are harder and bulkier or as partial casts. The materials used for splinting are more pliable and lightweight. They are designed to mold to the contours of the body. Some splints can be taken on and off for hygiene purposes. Thermoplastic splinting materials are used to create customized splints that contour to the user’s body easily. Lightly heating the material is sufficient to mold the splint into the required shape. They can be heated with the help of heat guns or specially designed heating pans.  

We also have pre molded thermoplastic splints that can be customized to your specific injury with a heat gun. They can ideally replace pre-fabricated splints that cannot be molded according to the patient’s anatomy.  

According to the support that a patient requires on the injured area splinting materials are classified by the resistance they offer i.e. minimal, moderate or hard. They are designed to stretch and contour to the user’s body when heated. We have materials that are gentle for babies & elderly patients and also materials that are suitable for sports injuries. Materials that allow superior breathability and antimicrobial properties are also available.  

What to look out for before applying any splint?  

  • Check for distal circulation before and after each application 
  • Remove rings, bracelets etc. should be removed from the affected limb.  
  • Treat any wounds, rashes or broken skin should be treated before splinting 
  • The splint should go from joint to joint from the injury epicenter.  
  • Place padding material between the splint and the skin. Affix some extra padding at boney prominences or broken skin to prevent discomfort.  
  • All the ends of the splint should be checked and rough edges should be covered with padding.  
  • Wrinkles in the padding material or splint can cause irritations. Try to avoid them altogether.  
  • In case fingers or toes are secured together there should be a piece of padding material between 2 fingers to prevent discomfort.  

Where to buy Orthopedic Splinting and Strapping Materials Online? 

Rehab-Store is a one stop shop for all your rehabilitation and therapy essentials. We have splinting materials that help in partially or fully immobilizing injured body parts. Find here thermoplastic splinting materials, splinting loops, finger strips, Velcro loop straps etc from well-known manufacturers like Performance Health, North Coast Medical, Optp, Orfit Industries  and many more at best prices and attractive discounts.  

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