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Upper extremity splinting - Occupational Therapy at Griffin Hospital

Upper Extremity Splinting & Orthotics

The Upper Extremity Splinting and Orthotics Program at Griffin Hospital is designed for a variety of patients who require custom splints to promote healing and provide protection of soft tissue or joint conditions, provide support and improve function when movement is weak or limited , and prevent or correct deformities caused by contractures.

Conditions that may benefit from a splint/orthotic intervention including:

  • Soft tissue and nerve conditions
    • Wrist and elbow tendinitis
    • Trigger finger
    • Carpal tunnel syndrome
    • Wrist drop
    • Claw hand
    • Peripheral neuropathies of the arm and hand
  • Joint conditions
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Osteoarthritis
  • Traumatic conditions
    • Tendon lacerations
    • Crush injuries
    • Burns
    • Fractures
    • Finger amputations
  • Neurologically impaired or paralyzed arm and hand such as those observed in stroke, traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury 
  • Congenital or acquired deformities of the hand and arm

What to Expect During Your Appointment

The program features a systematic evaluation by a skilled occupational therapist who will evaluate the need for splint/orthotic intervention. The intervention generally involves custom fabrication and functional training in the use of the splint as well as education in proper use and care of the splint.

Splint/orthotic interventions are not the sole intervention but rather an important component of a comprehensive therapy plan.

For patients to receive custom-made splints or orthotics, they must have physician referral that indicates "occupational therapy evaluation and treatment."