Splinting

Updated: Oct 25, 2017
  • Author: Twee T Do, MD; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Overview

Background

Splinting techniques are used to treat musculoskeletal system abnormalities. The main indications for splinting are to temporarily immobilize a limb for pain and spasm, to decrease swelling, and to minimize further potential soft-tissue or neurovascular injuries associated with contusions, sprains, lacerations, fractures, dislocations, or painful joints due to inflammatory disorders. [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]

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Indications

Indications for splinting include the following:

  • Temporary immobilization of sprains, fractures, and reduced dislocations
  • Control of pain
  • Prevention of further soft-tissue or neurovascular injuries
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Contraindications

There are no absolute contraindications for the use of splints in the emergency setting or in the field to stabilize for transport. For use as a temporary immobilizing device either until follow-up (eg, for stable fractures) or until definitive treatment can be performed (eg, ankle fractures), relative contraindications include the following:

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