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A splint protects a broken bone or other injury. If you have a removable splint, follow your doctor's instructions and only remove the splint if your doctor says you can.
Most splints can be adjusted. Your doctor will show you how to do this and will tell you when you might need to adjust the splint.
Many splints are premade. Your doctor may also make a splint from plaster or fiberglass. Some splints have a built-in air cushion. Air pads are inflated to hold the injured area in place.
Don't put any weight on a splint. If you have a walking boot, your doctor will tell you when you can put weight on it.
Your splint may feel snug for a few days after your surgery or injury. This is usually because of swelling. Swelling can slow healing and cause pain. Too much swelling inside the splint can cause pressure that can harm you.
To help reduce swelling:
Call your doctor right away if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:
Current as of: June 26, 2019
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Adam Husney MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineMartin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Current as of:
June 26, 2019
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
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