Thumb Spica – Splints
Thumb Spica is used to help treat a wide variety of disorders/conditions and injuries of the thumb like De Quervain’s syndrome, tendonitis, thumb sprains or strains, and thumb fractures. These thumb orthoses can also be used for post-operative rehabilitation, post-cast removal, or as a cast substitute for long-term use. In addition, thumb spica wrist braces are used to provide additional support, stability, and immobilization for the thumb area.
Typically made from breathable fabrics with metal or plastic inserts to support the thumb, Thumb Spica Splint is applied to decrease movement and provide support and comfort through stabilization of an injury, Primarily used to secure non-emergency injuries to bones until they can be evaluated by a consultant such as an orthopaedic surgeon. They are also used to temporarily immobilize an extremity before surgery (eg, for an open fracture) or to assist in primary healing.
The brace is indicated for soft tissue injuries, gamekeeper injuries, collateral ligament support and avulsion fractures of the thumb. A sprained thumb weakens your ability to grasp items between your thumb and index finger. There may or may not be the pain right away. Other symptoms include bruising, tenderness, and swelling.
With Thumb Spica Splint one is able to return to activities within 4 to 6 weeks depending on the severity of the injury – sometimes sooner. It is important that strengthening exercises are done to restore stability and prevent re-injury.
Unlike casts, splints are non-circumferential and are often preferred in the emergency department setting, where injuries are often acute and continued swelling can occur.