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Splinting 101

Anatomic and Biomechanical Principles of Splinting


  • Define the anatomical terminology used in splint prescriptions
  • Relate anatomy of the upper extremity to splint design
  • Identify arches of the hand
  • Identify creases of the hand
  • Articulate the importance of the hand's arches and creases to splinting
  • Recall actions and nerve innervations of upper extremity musculature
  • Differentiate prehensile and grasp patterns of the hand
  • Apply basic biomechanical principles to splint design
  • Describe the correct width and length for a forearm splint
  • Describe uses of padding in a splint
  • Explain the reason splint edges should be rolled or flared
  • Relate contour to splint fabrication
  • Describe the change in skin and soft tissue mechanics with scar tissue, material application, edema, contractures, wounds, and infection

Joanne Brown, MS, OT, CHT


$36.00 USD

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