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Physical Therapist

Splinting 110

Splinting for the Fingers


  • Explain the functional and anatomic considerations for splinting the fingers
  • Identify diagnostic indications for splinting the fingers
  • Describe a mallet finger
  • Describe a boutonniere deformity
  • Describe a swan-neck deformity
  • Name three structures that provide support to the stability of the proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joint
  • Explain what buddy straps are
  • Apply clinical reasoning to evaluate finger splints in terms of materials used, strapping type and placement, and fit
  • Discuss the process of making a mallet splint, a gutter splint, and a PIP hyperextension block splint

Joanne Brown, MS, OT, CHT

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