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Hand Thermoplastic Splints Mackay
Hand Thermoplastic Splints Mackay
Specialist Hand Therapy and Lymphoedema Clinic in Mackay

How We Help

Often referred to as an orthosis, we use the terms splint or brace. The splints we create are custom-made to fit you using thermoplastic material. Splints are adjustable, can be any size, for any joint and are waterproof.

We can make a splint on the spot. It can be adjusted to make sure it fits as often as required. Our creativity is the only thing limiting what we can make to ease your discomfort.

Thermoplastic Splints

These splints can be made to go over only the joints that are required, while allowing all other joints to move and prevent them from becoming stiff or causing muscle wasting. They are not bulky and are individual to you.

Splint Uses

Splints have many purposes. They can be used to protect:

  • Tendon lacerations or repairs,
  • Humerus, elbow, forearm, wrist, hand, thumb and finger fractures,
  • Crush injuries to the arm, wrist, hand, thumb or fingers,
  • Joint dislocations
  • Amputations,
  • Specialised surgery for skin flaps, skin grafts and burns.

They are also used to prevent movement, for example:

· Tenosynovitis for example deQuervains, ECU tenosynovitis
· Trigger finger, trigger thumb
· Arthritis

Splints can block movement of certain joints to ensure specific retraining, exercise of muscles, stretching and movement to increase movement of stiff joints.
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Caring For Your Thermoplastic Splint

Thermoplastics can become remouldable at 70 degrees Celsius.

Many thermoplastics return to their original form when placed back into heat.
Some do not. If not controlled e.g. left in a hot car in the middle of the hot day, they will be reduced to a moulded mess.

Most thermoplastics have a shelf life of up to one year but have been known to last longer if cared for correctly.

There are many different types of thermoplastics and depending on why the splint is being made, it will determine the properties of the thermoplastics that are selected.

The areas that are considered when choosing thermoplastic include:

  • Remoulability
  • Density
  • Strength
  • Rigidity (stiffness)
  • Conformability
  • Self-adherence
  • Durability or reusability
  • Ease of fabrication

Book your appointment online or contact us to find out more.