Information for patients
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What is a splint?
A splint is a supportive device to help you stretch and support a joint as part of your rehabilitation (therapy).
Why have I been given a splint?
Splints are used to improve or maintain the range of movement and allow the muscles to stretch. Not wearing your splint may lead to further complications such as pain and stiffness in your joints and muscles.
How do I put on my splint?
Follow the instructions provided with your splint. Fasten the straps so the splint feels secure, but not too tight.
How do I care for my splint?
You should follow the cleaning instructions provided with the splint.
When should I wear my splint?
Getting used to wearing a splint can take time. Gradually increase wearing your splint as agreed with your therapist.
What should I look out for?
After taking your splint off, check your skin for unusual signs, such as:
- Feeling of pins and needles
- Skin rash
If you have any of the signs listed on the previous page, you should check whether:
- the splint has been applied correctly
- the straps are secure but not fastened too tight
- your hand has been positioned correctly into the splint.
If your problems continue you should remove your splint and contact the Community Stroke Team. See contact numbers below.
What can I do to help myself?
In addition to wearing your splint it is important to look after your hand.
- check your hand every day for any changes in your skin condition, redness or breaks in your skin.
- wash your hands at least once a day with mild soapy water.
- make sure you dry your hands properly in all areas and between each finger.
- keep your nails short and clean.
- gently rub unscented cream into your hand to prevent dryness and maintain good skin condition.
If you are no longer under the care of the Community Stroke Team or there is a problem with your splint please contact the Orthotic Department.
Community Stroke Team
Single Point of Access (SPA) Telephone: 01429 522500
Monday to Friday –
Telephone 01429 522471
Monday to Friday –
Comments, concerns, compliments or complaints
Patient Experience Team (PET)
We are continually trying to improve the services we provide. We want to know what we’re doing well or if there’s anything which we can improve, that’s why the Patient Experience Team (PET) is here to help. Our Patient Experience Team is here to try to resolve your concerns as quickly as possible. The office is based on the ground floor at the University Hospital of North Tees if you wish to discuss concerns in person. If you would like to contact or request a copy of our PET leaflet, please contact:
Telephone: 01642 624719
Freephone: 0800 092 0084
Monday – Friday –
Out of hours
Out of hours if you wish to speak to a senior member of Trust staff, please contact the hospital switchboard who will bleep the appropriate person.
Telephone: 01642 617617
Data protection and use of patient information
The Trust has developed Data Protection policies in accordance with Data Protection Legislation (UK General Data Protection Regulations and Data Protection Act 2018) and the Freedom of Information Act 2000. All of our staff respect these polices and confidentiality is adhered to at all times. If you require further information on how we process your information please see our Privacy Notices.
Telephone: 01642 383551
This leaflet has been produced in partnership with patients and carers. All patient leaflets are regularly reviewed, and any suggestions you have as to how it may be improved are extremely valuable. Please write to the Clinical Governance team, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospital of North Tees, TS19 8PE or: