THERMOPLASTIC SPLINTING AND CASTING

At United Rehab Solutions Ltd we use Occupational Therapy to provide support to our patients; identifying strengths and offering solutions to combat difficulties in doing the activities that matter to them.

We work to maintain, regain, or improve your independence by using different techniques, changing your environment and using new equipment to break down the barriers that their health prevents.

splinting

THERMOPLASTIC SPLINTING AND CASTING

  • Description
  • Conditions
  • Benefits
  • Who's Involved

A splint is designed to apply, distribute or remove forces to enable the therapists to control body motion, prevent or alter the shape of the body tissue.

Casting and thermoplastic splints refer to the material used and the one used will depend on the area being splinted and the needs of the client.

A thermoplastic splint is made of a light material that can be moulded to fit a body part. The plastic is usually shaped by heating it (hot water), when cool it retains the shape. The splint can be removed to clean it, or taken off for certain activities e.g. a bath.

Casting uses a fiberglass material, that once applied becomes rigid.

  • Neurological conditions – high and low tone
  • Arthritis
  • Fractures
  • Tendon Injuries / repairs
  • Nerve Injuries / repairs
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Improving range of movement in the joint
  • Improving manual stretches
  • Improve muscle length
  • Pain relief
  • Prevent deformities
  • Improve function
  • Protect skin integrity

Andrea the occupational therapist will construct the splint, but will work closely with the physiotherapist to ensure that the optimum positioning is achieved and a joint therapy plan is introduced to work with the limb when not in the splint.

If you would like to discuss this or any other service please ring 0845 241 0306 or email us hello@unitedrehab.solutions