A member asked:

What is the definition or description of: splint?

3 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Richard Bensinger answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Immobility aide: Splints are external devices which are designed to immobilize a joint or broken bone to allow it to heal, not get worse and sometimes allow time to get for definitive care.

Answered 8/3/2015


Dr. Bertrand Kaper answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery

External protection: A splint can be any type of external protection device designed to shield a bone or joint from injury. It may be used prophylactically to prevent injury or protect an injured bone or joint from further harm.

Answered 1/5/2019



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