Splint Care Instructions

Patient Experience

  • Reference Number: HEY-996/2018
  • Departments: Physiotherapy
  • Last Updated: 10 July 2018


This leaflet has been produced to give you general information about your splint.  Most of your questions should have been answered by this leaflet.  It is not intended to replace the discussion between you and your therapist, but may act as a starting point for discussion.   If after reading it you have any concerns or require further explanation, please discuss this with a member of the healthcare team caring for you.

When should I wear my splint?

  • Night time
  • Day time
  • For activity only
  • Remove for exercise
  • Do not remove
  • Remove for washing
  • Othe

How should I care for my splint?

  • Wash your splint regularly in lukewarm (not hot) soapy water and dry carefully (follow instructions on care label if present)
  • Do not leave your plastic splint in direct heat such as a sunny windowsill or car, on a warm radiator or in hot water as it may lose its shape
  • Please do not alter your splint
  • If you lose any straps or they wear out, please contact your therapist who will replace them

What should I look out for when wearing my splint?

  •  Rubbing or marks on your skin after removing the splint
  • Swelling or constriction due to tightness from the splint or strapping
  • A rash due to allergy or heat from the splint material
  • A change in the colour of your skin
  • Increased pain, tingling, numbness or discomfort

What should I do if I have any problems?

Should you require further advice on the issues contained in this leaflet, please do not hesitate to contact the following:

  • HRI Therapy Centre (01482) 608764
  • CHH Burns and Plastics (01482) 622296
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