Custom Splinting and Hand Therapy in Freehold, NJ
Custom splinting is often a key part of the rehabilitation process for hand and wrist injuries. The sports medicine specialists at Advanced Physical Therapy in Freehold, NJ, create customized splints for the treatment of a variety of hand and wrist conditions, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, tennis elbow, and fractures.
As compared to prefabricated splints that are available over the counter, custom splinting offers several advantages. Because each splint is individually crafted to fit a patient’s unique anatomy with a specific purpose in mind, optimal comfort and results can be achieved. Additionally, custom splints are removable, adjustable and water-friendly. This can make it easier to accommodate wound care, bathing, and anatomical changes as swelling subsides.
In general, there are three main types of custom splinting:
- Static — The splint properly positions, immobilizes, and protects damaged tissues to encourage rest and promote healing.
- Dynamic — The splint encourages movement in a certain direction at a predetermined force to prevent the formation of restrictive scar tissue.
- Static progressive — The splint strategically restricts movement and provides mobilizing tension, allowing a patient to increase the force within his or her own tolerance.
Custom splinting is a highly complex process that is best left to an expert. An experienced physical therapist at Advanced Physical Therapy of Freehold can take into account a number of anatomical, mechanical, and psychological factors when creating a splint. Additionally, our treatments can be fully integrated into our on-site physical therapy programs. This can help to ensure the best possible outcome.
If you’re interested in learning more about custom splinting, contact Advanced Physical Therapy of Freehold to schedule an appointment at our physical therapy center in Freehold, NJ. New Jersey is a direct-access state, which means that patients can be evaluated and treated by a licensed physical therapist without a physician’s referral.