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Get thermoplastic splint and why do we use it?
If you have ever been to one of our clinics, you may have wondered why we have electric frying pans lying around. Although traditionally used for cooking food, at Melbourne Hand Rehab we use thermoplastic sheets that can be used to make custom combinations! When non-molded thermoplastic material is placed in hot water (usually 60o-70o C) it softens and turns. Soft materials may be fine-tuned to support a person's wrist, hand, or finger.

Electric frying pan used to heat and shape thermoplastic splints at Melbourne Hand Rehab

When can you need a splint?
Certain injuries / conditions require complete or partial rest of the muscles, ligaments, joints, muscles or connective tissue around the hand. Separation is a good way to limit movement in certain areas that need rest while allowing movement on unaffected body parts. Other commonly diagnosed conditions include De Quatrain's tenosynovitis, a variety of wrist injuries, sprains and tendinopathies, trigger finger, mallet finger and various fractures.

Main advantages of using thermoplastic materials:
It can be quickly formed on your finger, hand or wrist and can be adjusted to suit your needs:

The material takes less than a minute to heat and hardens again within 2-3 minutes. This design makes splint construction a quick process that can easily fit into our appointments. Most people need to be separated when their hand and wrist are in a state of swelling. In most cases, the swelling subsides and the splints may begin to feel relaxed and unsupported. One of the advantages of thermoplastic is its flexibility, which eliminates the need for a whole new splint or cast to be made.

Thermoplastic metals are usually more comfortable and more comfortable to wear than other metals or concrete:

Some studies have shown that people who use thermoplastic splints experience greater comfort compared with aluminum and other pre-made metals. And it is much lighter than plaster or fiberglass cast. Having a comfortable splint has been found to have a better compliance effect for splint wearers, which may result in better outcomes for your treatment. As an added bonus, the material is waterproof which means you can enjoy showers and water activities without having to worry about damaging your wrap.

Thermoplastic is strong enough to provide a high level of support for internal structures:

Thermoplastic splint strength studies have shown that the material is strong enough to provide adequate support for many structures within the arm and wrist compared to concrete or fiberglass inserts. This makes it both usable and ready to meet your needs.

Bonus Benefits:
Comes with a list of stylish colors:

We offer a range of different thermoplastic colors and belts when creating your wrap. It gives you the option to turn your thermoplastic splint into a cool fashion accessory!

Thermoplastic can be washed if dirty:

Unlike plaster, which is notoriously dirty, thermoplastic metals can be washed (as long as you use cold water!)


  • Mar 14, 2022

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