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EdhaCare - Splinting Fracture Treatment In India


Temporary Splinting of a fracture - Overview

A splint is a medical device that immobilizes the injured body part and protects it from further injury. It heals the fractured bones by keeping the broken ends together and in alignment. Splints also reduce pain and swelling.


Before applying a fiberglass or plastic splints, the caregiver places cotton padding as a protective layer to the skin. Splints come in either strips or rolls. The caregiver dips the rolls or strips in water and applies it over the padding covering the injured area. Sometimes, the caregiver even covers the joint above and below the broken bone. The splint must fit the shape of the fractured arm or leg to provide adequate support.

The caregiver usually applies a splint to a fresh injury. Once the swelling subsides, the caregiver replaces the splint with a cast. Gradually, as the fracture starts to heal, the caregiver may again replace the cast with a splint.


  • Swelling may cause pressure in the splint or cast for the first 48-72 hours.
  • You need to elevate your swollen arm or leg for the first 24-72 hours.
  • Gentle movements of the swollen arm or leg prevent stiffness.
  • You need to apply ice to the splints or cast.
  • You need to consult your physician if you experience any of these symptoms around the splints:
    1. Increased pain
    2. Numbness or tingliness in your hand or foot
    3. Burning and stinging
    4. Excessive swelling below the splint
    5. Loss of active movement of toes or fingers