Splinting / Orthoses
An integral part of hand therapy involves splinting of the hand, wrist, or elbow. The purpose of splints (orthotics) varies and includes: protection, rest, and increasing active or passive range of motion. At the Pennsylvania Hand Center, the majority of our splints are custom-molded to the patient to ensure a comfortable, effective, and cosmetically pleasing fit. The splints are made from a plastic material, which is molded for a custom fit. Splints are used for a variety of diagnoses including arthritis, fractures, tendonitis, tendon repairs, joint replacements, joint dislocations, nerve compression… Customized splinting requires extensive professional training and skill in order to work with the various materials and diagnoses. At the Pennsylvania Hand Center, the therapists are experts in all types of customized splints.