Splint Care

Splints protect and rest injuries. Splints can be made of plaster, fiberglass, or metal. They are used to treat broken bones, sprains, tendonitis, and other injuries.

HOME CARE

  • Keep the injured area raised (elevated) while sitting or lying down. Keep the injured body part just above the level of the heart. This will decrease puffiness (swelling) and pain.

  • If an elastic bandage was used to hold the splint, it can be loosened. Only loosen it to make room for puffiness and to ease pain.

  • Keep the splint clean and dry.

  • Do not scratch the skin under the splint with sharp or pointed objects.

  • Follow up with your doctor as told.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • There is more pain or pressure around the injury.

  • There is numbness, tingling, or pain in the toes or fingers past the injury.

  • The fingers or toes become cold or blue.

  • The splint becomes too soft or breaks before the injury is healed.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch this condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.