Specialist Interventions

Upper limb splinting provision

The use of upper limb splinting may be recommended for some children and these may be rigid (made of thermoplastic) or more dynamic (made of neoprene) and bespoke in design. Splints for the arms, hands and/or wrists may be used to minimise the development of joint contractures, especially in children with neurological impairments who have postural management needs and functional movement difficulties. 

Children with joint laxity (hyper-mobility) may, for example, struggle to hold and manipulate objects such as pens when writing, experience pain or be susceptible to joint subluxations (dislocations). The provision of a splint can then help provide joint support and comfort to improve their functional performance.


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