Custom Made Thumb Spica Splints
By Julia Guthart OT, Certified Hand Therapist
Thumb Spica Splints
Custom made Thumb Spica splints are an important component of Hand Therapy. They are one of the most common types of thumb splints prescribed by your doctor or hand therapist. The type of thumb spica splint that is fabricated depends on the stage of healing and condition of your hand. Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute has Occupational Therapist and Physical Therapist who are Certified Hand Therapist that have obtained special training in splint fabrication.
In acute conditions of the thumb, immobilization or resting splints are indicated to allow inflamed tissue to rest and to provide protection for healing fractures, repaired tendons, nerves and soft tissues. A custom made thumb spica splint will be made by your therapist and specific wearing instructions will be explained to you. It is important to follow your therapist’s instructions related to the use of your splint in order to prevent re-injury.
Custom Thumb Spica Splints
Custom made thumb spica splints are orthopedic devices specifically designed for thumb injuries, inflammation, pain or deformities. They can be custom tailored to various sizes, styles and configurations to more appropriately address each individual’s specific requirements. A Certified Hand Therapist has the ability to custom make a splint to your specific needs. They also have the ability to modify your splint as needed when this is advised by your MD and or hand therapist.
Depending on the patient’s specific condition, thumb splints can be static or dynamic, with styles that just support the thumb, or that extend to the forearm to provide support for both the thumb and wrist. Thumb splints can keep the thumb immobilized, while still allowing the fingers to move.
Thumb spica splints may also be required to support joints that are painful or unstable due to arthritis or soft tissue injury. These splints protect the joint from progressive deformity and are worn for day-to-day activity to improve the function of the hand.
JOI Rehab has the most Certified Hand Therapists in the North Florida Region. If you need a splint, give JOI Rehab a call at (904) 858-7045