Here is a general description of hand resting splints:
- Structure: Hand resting splints are typically made of lightweight and durable materials such as thermoplastic, foam, or metal. They are custom-fitted to the individual’s hand or come in adjustable sizes to ensure a proper fit.
- Immobilization: The primary purpose of hand resting splints is to immobilize the hand, wrist, and sometimes the forearm, depending on the specific condition or injury. Immobilization helps reduce movement and strain on injured or affected areas, promoting healing and preventing further damage.
- Resting Position: Hand resting splints are designed to position the hand and wrist in a functional and comfortable resting posture. This position varies depending on the specific condition being treated but is generally aimed at reducing pain, preventing contractures, and maintaining proper alignment.
- Straps and Closures: Hand resting splints often come with adjustable straps and closures to secure the splint in place firmly. The straps can be adjusted to ensure a snug fit and allow for some degree of customization based on the individual’s needs.
- Ventilation and Padding: Many modern hand resting splints are designed with ventilation holes or breathable materials to improve comfort during prolonged use. They may also have padded surfaces to reduce pressure points and enhance overall comfort.
Common Conditions and Uses:
- Post-injury Recovery: Hand resting splints are often used after fractures, sprains, or other traumatic hand injuries to promote healing and prevent further damage during the early stages of recovery.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis: Hand splints can be used to provide support and reduce pain in individuals with arthritis affecting the hands and wrists.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A hand splint can help keep the wrist in a neutral position, relieving pressure on the median nerve and reducing symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Stroke Rehabilitation: Hand resting splints may be utilized as part of stroke rehabilitation to prevent contractures and maintain proper hand positioning.