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Health Information For Teens
A splint is a support device made of hard material that keeps an injured area from moving.
A splint can be plastic, metal, plaster, or fiberglass. The material may come pre-made in a particular size or it may be moldable into a custom shape. Splints can be just one piece of material or several.
Splints hold bones and joints in place so they can heal after a fracture (broken bone), injury, or surgery. Splints also can help with conditions that affect the joints (such as arthritis) or muscles (such as palsies, which are weakness or paralysis of a muscle).
Doctors use splints for broken bones if the area around the injury is swollen. When there’s swelling, splints are a better choice than casts because they are easy to loosen, if needed.
Health care providers usually replace a splint with a cast on a broken bone after the swelling goes down. The cast will provide more protection while a broken bone heals.
If your doctor told you to keep the splint on during bathing, make sure it doesn’t get wet.
To keep the splint dry during bathing:
Call your doctor if:
Take care of the splint so it stays in good condition and does not lead to irritation. Soon, you’ll be back to doing all your usual activities.
Bones are tough stuff – but even tough stuff can break. Find out what happens when a bone fractures.
Broken bones have an amazing ability to heal. New bone forms within a few weeks of the injury, although full healing can take longer.
A broken bone requires emergency medical care. Here’s what to do.
A broken collarbone is one of the most common types of broken bones. Find out how it can happen – and how to treat and avoid fractures.
This article for teens has tips on taking care of a cast so it keeps working as it should.
Sprains and strains are common injuries, especially for people who play hard or are intoÂ sports. Find out what they are and how to recuperate from one.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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