Recommendation on splinting / bracing

What Is Splinting, The Benefits Of Splinting, Splinting Symptoms

What is splinting?

A Splint is a stiff or stretchy device that holds a displaced or moveable limb in place. It is also used to keep a damaged component in place and prevent it from further damage.

What Is Splinting Purpose?

  • The immobilization
  • Help to boost healing
  • During a function, positioning or supporting is required.
  • Pain reliever Substitute for sluggish muscles
  • Contracture and deformation cure and prevention
  • Restoring or preserving range of motion
  • Edema management

Splinting Symptoms

Splints are used to immobilize musculoskeletal disorders, assist in recovery, and prevent future injury. Splinting is used for a variety of reasons, the most prevalent of which are:

  • Acute fractures, sprains, or strains are temporarily stabilized before further examination or ultimate surgical care.
  • A suspected concealed fracture is immobilized (such as a scaphoid fracture)
  • Serious soft tissue injuries that necessitate immobilization and prevention from future harm
  • Specific stable fracture patterns must be managed definitively.
  • Neuropathic pain necessitates the use of extremity protection.
  • Small soft tissue injury may necessitate partial immobilization.
  • Instability of joints, including dislocation, is treated.

The Benefits of Splinting

Splinting has several advantages overcasting.

  • Splints are quicker and easier to put on.
  • They can be static that is, it prevents mobility or dynamic means it allows mobility and functional assist with controlled motion.
  • Because a splint is non circumferential, it allows for the normal swelling that occurs during the injury's early inflammatory phase.
  • A splint is easier to remove than a cast, allowing for more frequent evaluation of the injured site.

What is Bracing?

Bracing is a type of therapy that involves the use of external bracing on different limbs to offer extra support for weak joints or ligaments. Braces are usually constructed of soft, durable fabric, although they can also have metal, plastic, or Velcro straps. They can be created to order or delivered to the patient. Your physiotherapist can assist you in selecting the appropriate brace and having it adjusted to your specific needs.

Important types of braces
Braces are classified into three varieties based on their purpose: preventive, rehabilitative, and functional braces.

Prophylactic Braces : Prophylactic braces are used to protect against injuries. If you are at high risk of re-injury, this sort of brace can help you avoid harm.

Rehabilitative Braces : This type of Braces is used after an accident or surgery to give support, immobilization, and compression to reduce swelling. They limit mobility in order to protect the damaged region as you begin your return to activities. This form of external support is just temporary, and it is only utilized to allow for optimal healing.

Functional Braces : After an accident, functional braces are used to compensate for weaker or deteriorated structures, protecting you from future harm while you recuperate. This brace enables you to continue to sports or other activities that put stress on the damaged joint or ligament, while also increasing your stability and body awareness as you move.

Bracing is used to cure a lot of problems

  • Back aches
  • Cuff Injuries
  • Sprains and strains that are severe
  • Injuries to the knee
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis or Arthritis that affects the joints.
  • Tennis elbow
  • Dislocation of the shoulder
  • Other shoulder injury or SLAP tears
  • ACL sprains
  • Osteoporosis is a kind of bone disease
  • Incorrect posture
  • Other sports-related injuries
  • Rehabilitation after surgery
  • Tendonitis is a kind of tendonitis
  • Dislocations and subluxations of the patella
  • Chondromalacia or runner's knee

When should you get a brace?

Braces are frequently used after an injury, pre or post surgeries, or if your joints or ligaments have deteriorated due to regular usage, ageing, or a chronic ailment.

After an appropriate evaluation of your injury or disorder, your physician, therapist, or other medical specialist may recommend a brace to aid in recovery. Braces give support while tendons, muscles, and/or bones recover. This allows you to continue some activities (slowly), gradually increasing your strength and balance while preventing you from re-injury.

At TheraCure, our Scope of Physiotherapy includes

  • Muscle strength and muscle length evaluation & quantification
  • Recommending remedial exercises
  • Physical treatment by electrotherapy modalities like diathermy, ultrasonic therapy, contrast bath, cryotherapy, hydrocollator, trans-electric muscle stimulation, also different therapeutic exercises by machines
  • Applying manual therapy, mobilization, manipulation of soft tissue techniques etc.
  • Myo-fascial release massage to lengthen tight/ contracted tissues.
  • Make an exercise folder for the client to take home.
  • Aid in-home evaluation to make the environment barrier-free and accessible.
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