Splint Care

ExitCare ImageSplints 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.