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Get The Perfect Fit With a Thermoplastic Splint

Thermoplastic splint are used in a variety of medical applications. Orthopedics is one field where thermoplastic splints are commonly used. Radiotherapy masks and nasal casts are two other applications that rely on rhinoplasty splints. Thermoplastic perforated sheet is the main product we manufacture. It is used in the fabrication of radiotherapy masks, all-fit nasal casts, and all-fit medical splints.

What is a Thermoplastic Splint?

Thermoplastic splint are a type of medical device that is used to support and protect injured or weakened body parts. They are made of a thermoplastic material, which means that they can be easily molded into the desired shape and then cooled to form a hard, yet flexible, splint. 

What is Thermoplastic And Why do We Use it?

You are thinking about that, Why are electric frying pans lying around us? Although they are traditionally used for cooking, at Melbourne Hand Rehab we use them to heat thermoplastic sheets that can then be used to make customized splints! When the unmolded thermoplastic material is placed in hot water (usually 60℃-70℃), it becomes soft and pliable. The softened material can then be molded completely to support someone's wrist, hand or finger.

When May You Need a Splint?

Some injuries/conditions require complete or partial rest of the tendons, ligaments, joints, muscles, or connective tissue around the arm. Splinting is a great way to limit movement to certain areas that need to be rested while allowing movement to unexpected parts of the body. Some of the conditions that are commonly divided include De Quervain's tenosynovitis, various wrist strains, sprains and tendinopathies, trigger fingers, mallet fingers, and various fractures.

The Main Advantages of Using Thermoplastic Materials are:

It can be quickly molded into your finger, hand, or wrist and recreated to suit your needs:

The material takes less than a minute to heat up and hardens again in 2-3 minutes. This property makes splint-making a quick process that we can easily fit into our appointments. Many need splinting if their hands and wrists are swollen. In many cases, the swelling subsides and the splints may begin to feel loose and helpless. One of the beneficial properties of thermoplastic components is their ability to easily reconstruct, eliminating the need to create completely new splints or casts.

Rhinoplasty splints are often more comfortable and convenient to wear than other splints or casts:

Some studies have shown that people who use splints made from thermoplastics feel more comfortable than those who use aluminum and other previously made splints. It is much lighter than plaster or fiberglass cast. Having a comfortable splint has resulted in better consent from splint wearers, which is likely to result in better results from your treatment. As an added bonus, the material is waterproof which means you can enjoy showers and aquatic activity without worrying about damaging your splint.

What Are The Benefits of Using a Thermoplastic Splint?

Medical splints have many advantages over traditional splints. They are lightweight and easy to adjust, which makes them comfortable to wear. They also conform to the body's contours, providing a more natural fit. Thermoplastic splints are waterproof and can be cleaned with soap and water, making them ideal for use in both home and hospital settings.

It is important to maintain range of motion and prevent soft tissue contractions in order to perform functional activities and be able to use your arms and legs. Over time, thermoplastic splinting may be used to acquire this variety of movement. Thermoplastic splinting can be used to increase the range of motion in the arm, wrist, elbow, shoulder, trunk, or lower leg. The advantages of thermoplastic splinting are:

  • Increase range of motion

  • Increase the effective use of organs

  • Improved weight bearing

  • Advanced alignment of the joint

  • Improves the physical appearance of the limbs

  • Confidence has increased

  • The pain has subsided

  • Decreased joint stiffness

  • Maintaining personal hygiene is easy

  • Easy to apply splints and braces

  • Reduces or eliminates the need for surgical procedures

  • Pain-free splinting procedure

 

Strong Enough to Provide a High Level of Support to The Structure in The Thermoplastic Arm:

Studies of thermoplastic splint strength have shown that the material is strong enough to provide adequate support to many structures in the arm and wrist compared to plaster or fiberglass cast. This makes it practical and convenient to meet your needs.

What is a Thermoplastic Splint Used For?

This comfortable and perfectly welded device speeds up the recovery. Thermoplastic splints are easy to use and help to carry out daily activities. It can protect joints, bones, or tendons when the injury heals, maintain the joints in proper working position, and can support a part of the limb when the muscles are numb or weak.

How Do I Take Care of My Splint?
  • The removable thermoplastic splint can be cleaned with cold soapy water

  • Make sure your splint is absolutely dry earlier than sporting it again

  • Keep your splint away from direct heat such as fire, hot water, or hot surfaces like your car.

How do I find my limbs when I wear my splint?

  • Make sure your splint does not irritate or damage your skin, especially where it comes in contact with bone predominance.

  • Check your toes or toes for any shaking, numbness, pain, swelling, blue color, or cold temperature. If this happens, you need to contact your physiotherapist or your doctor without delay or come to the Accident and Emergency Department of the hospital.

  • Infection can develop in a warm and humid environment under a splint. Any break in the skin can be contagious and requires proper care.

 
When Should I Contact The Physiotherapy Department?
  • Your splint has been damaged and must be repaired or replaced

  • Your splint is rubbing against your skin, causing red spots, sores or blisters, and discomfort

  • You feel pain, bloating, numbness, discomfort

If you have any concerns, do not hesitate to touch your physiotherapist.

Is a thermoplastic splint right for you?

In conclusion, thermoplastic splints may be right for you if you are looking for a low-profile, lightweight, and easy-to-use splint. They are available in a variety of colors and styles, so you can find the perfect one to match your personality and needs.

Thermoplastic Splint made by Allfit Medical Splint