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Dr. Mark Galland
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Splint (Overview)

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.


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What are shin splints?

What are shin splints?

Overuse tibia injury: Shin splints is an overuse stress injury to the tibial leg bone. Often times, a sudden rapid increase in either mileage or running intensity can trigger an episode of shin splints. Most are self-limiting and will go away with simple rest or decreased mileage and intensity. Ice and anti-inflammatory medications may help as well. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Galland
680 Doctors shared insights

Splint (Overview)

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.


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What exactly are shin splints and what do your do about them?

Bone pain: Rest and activity modification are the mainstay of treatment. When the pain wears down gradually increase exercise intensity in a pain free fashion. ...Read more

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Managing Shin Splints (Checklist)

Get an osteopathic examination done of your neck, spine, hips, and legs
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Check for low arches or flat feet
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Don't wear old orthotics that are full of foot molds
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Describe the mechanism of injury (moi) for shin splints and list three symptoms? Explain how rice helps an acute injury? 2 questions and two answers

Homework?: Shin splints are caused by inflammation of the periosteum of the tibia bone. Symptons include pain, swelling, slight warmth to touch in the region of the inner lower shin. Rest ice compression elevation helps acute injury by decreasing additional stress/injury (rest) and by decreasing inflammation in the injured area. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about hand splints for cts or sore hand, wrist?

Can you tell me more about hand splints for cts or sore hand, wrist?

Cts splint: For carpal tunnel a cock-up wrist splint is used to maximally open up the canal and limit pressure on the nerve. It is primarily used at night to control nocturnal parasthesias, the pain and numbness that awakens you at night. It does this by preventing you from sleeping in a flexed position at the wrist. Splints are often used for different types of tendonitis to limit use of the inflamed tendon. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about ACE wrist splints for carpal tunnel?

Nighttime: Nighttime splinting can be helpful to control nocturnal parasthesias by preventing wrist flexion while sleeping and will help control numbness and tingling during the day by facilitating drainage of edema. Primarily controls symptoms and settles down inflammation. ...Read more

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How effective is TMJ splint therapy?

How effective is TMJ splint therapy?

Many factors: There are many different causes of tmd (temperomandibular disorder) with varying levels of pain/symptoms. Therefore, there are different modes of treatment and varying levels of success. Having said that, splint therapy is typically a first line treatment recommendation and then go from there. A diet with softer foods, anti-inflammatory medication, and intraoral massage are also used often. ...Read more

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How does teeth splinting work?

How does teeth splinting work?

Connects them: Splinting is a good idea for people who have lost bone due to gum disease and the teeth have become loose making it uncomfortable to eat. Bonding (white or resin fillings) can be used with or without a wire to accomplish this. ...Read more

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Is there some sort of splint (that actually works) that can hold the big toe away from the second toe?

Is there some sort of splint (that actually works) that can hold the big toe away from the second toe?

Yes: Most of the splint are used at night and can be found in a catalog or drug store. During the day you can use a toe spacer.
They will not correct the positon of the toe forever. ...Read more

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Did I break my pinky finger? It is crooked and swollen but no bruise and very painful had in splint for last 24 hours had pain med but not working

Did I break my pinky finger? It is crooked and swollen but no bruise and very painful had in splint for last 24 hours had pain med but not working

Get an xray: Time to stop speculating ; get evaluation/diagnosis. Go see your family doc who can order an xray to prove whether broken or not. S/he can then discuss appropriate treatment options w/you. But until we have diagnosis, it's no use guessing. ...Read more

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Does the removal of internal / external splints hurt after a septorhinoplasty?

Does the removal of internal / external splints hurt after a septorhinoplasty?

Not with good care: The tendency is for the internal stents to collect dried blood and mucous. Removing them can be uncomfortable. By keeping them clean during the week using saline spray and ointment, the removal is generally very easy. ...Read more

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I broke my elbow I went to the e.R. And they put a splint on it. I alm in so much pain is this normal?

I broke my elbow I went to the e.R. And they put a splint on it. I alm in so much pain is this normal?

Yes: Pain in your elbow is normal after a fracture. If the pain extends into the wrist and hand and is worse with passive and active motion in the fingers and wrist, this is abnormal. ...Read more

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How could you splint a broken pinky finger?

How could you splint a broken pinky finger?

Buddy Tape: It depends on where the finger is broken. If there is a fracture of the small finger bones (phalanges) treatment is often as simple as taping the finger to the ring finger. If there is any rotational deformity or articular involvement this must be corrected and occasionally warrants surgical intervention. ...Read more

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Broken thumb above joint below nail bed 2/24 splint not working. Had symptoms 3/28 2pins.1removed 4/28 not healing. Will it? Surgeon impossible to talk to.

Broken thumb above joint below nail bed 2/24 splint not working. Had symptoms 3/28 2pins.1removed 4/28 not healing. Will it? Surgeon impossible to talk to.

Non-union?: If you feel that this fracture is not healing- get a second orthopedic examination or call your current surgeon and demand an appointment. This could possibly be a poor bone union or non-union- you will need further xray evaluation and orthopedic consultation: now. ...Read more

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Can I work using splint for a mallet finger?

Yes: As long as the finger is allowed to maintain extension in the splint. If the finger is allowed to flex at all it reduces the likelihood of healing and you may be left with an inability to fully extend the finger. ...Read more

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What is involved after ankle replacement surgery?

What is involved after ankle replacement surgery?

Physical Therapy: As with any joint repacement surgery a lot of physical therepy is necessary. ...Read more

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Can I take off my splint when I want to?

No: Removing the splint underminds the process and reason for having the splint. Talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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How can I stay in shape while wearing a splint?

How can I stay in shape while wearing a splint?

Careful exercise: It depends of course on which body part is in a splint. If is it an upper extremity splint, you can still do aerobic activity such as walking, exercise bike or eliptical trainer. If it is a lower extremity splint, light upper body work outs will help you. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: splint?

What is the definition or description of: splint?

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. ...Read more

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How do you make a homemade splint for your pointer?

How do you make a homemade splint for your pointer?

Depends on the purpo: If you have a problem with your index finger and you need a splint you need to make sure you are using it for right reason. Really, you sjould see your doctor to advise you what you need. ...Read more

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Can you remove a splint on your own and put it back on?

Can you remove a splint on your own and put it back on?

Ask your doctor: You need to ask your doctor. Certain splints are used to hold bones in place until swelling goes down and casts can be applied. So no if you have a fracture unless your doctor says okay. Same thing for splints applied after surgery, let your doctor tell you when it can come off. For sprains and strains, splints can be adjusted. Always ask the doctor who put it on you! ...Read more

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Why would it be that my splint is so loose after only 4 days?

Splint: It depends on the location of the splint, the type of splint, and if the splint was fit well to begin with. This most likely is due to a decrease in swelling as compared to four days ago. This also could be due to muscle atrophy if swelling was not a factor. You may want to see your physician to have your splint re-fit to ensure you are getting the maximum benefit. ...Read more

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How to put the inflatable splint inside your own pants blownup please explain how?

How to put the inflatable splint inside your own pants blownup please explain how?

Are you referring to: An air cast ankle splint? If so, the best information available is through a Google Search of" Air Cast Ankle Support Instructions for use" You will get complete step by step instructions for applying the Air Cast. The Air Cast ankle support is not the same as the Air Cast Boot which is more cumbersome & used for injuries that require complete immobilization. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What is the point of splinting a sprained finger?

What is the point of splinting a sprained finger?

Immoblization: A sprain is usually meant to imply a stretching or tear of a soft tissue structure such as a ligament. So you want to allow that structure to rest and repair itself. If it is constantly moving this will be harder and inefficient. Hence immobilization is done. ...Read more

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Do I need a splint if I grind at night?

Do I need a splint if I grind at night?

Yes mostly: The purpose of the splint is not to stop you from grinding because you do it at night, it is to stop you from damaging your teeth and supporting structures. A splint will help reduce the damage. Otherwise you will continue to cause damage that can lead to replacement of fillings, crowns and other things. ...Read more

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Are TMJ splints and grinding guards the same?

Are TMJ splints and grinding guards the same?

Different: Grinding guards, or night guards, try to give you something to grind on, to destroy plastic instead of tooth. Problem is, the damage to muscles and joints is not eliminated and grinding can get worse.
Splints try to reduce symptoms (pain). Some can even stop grinding. ...Read more

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How can I make a splint more comfortable for work?

How can I make a splint more comfortable for work?

Depends: It depends on the purpose and location of the splint, as well as, your job description. Talk to your orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more