The thumb spica splint is an orthopedic device that is used for thumb injuries or as post-operative care. This spica splint helps in holding the thumb in its actual position and immobilizes it by allowing the other fingers to move.
What is the Thumb Spica Splint made of?
A metal is encircled around a fabric which can bend and be molded according to the shape and size of the hand. It also consists of a Velcro strap that secures the splint on the hand and gives a comfortable fitting for different hand measurements.
There are some thumb splints which are made up of thermoplastic as well. The material used in this is heat sensitive and may melt if it directly comes in contact with either hot water or prolonged sun exposure.
How to Wear a Thumb Spica Splint?
1. Firstly the splint should be placed on the thumb from the backside so that the center of the splint gets placed at the base of the thumb.
2. The Velcro straps should be applied over the hook from above and below the wrist joint and then around the thumb.
3. The Velcro straps can be adjusted as per individual comfort.
Properties of Thumb Spica Splint
2. Separate designs for the left and the right thumb.
6. Easy to use
7. Skin friendly
8. Well contoured design that fits over the entire thumb.
Benefits of a thumb spica splint
1. The splint fits securely on the exact position of the thumb on the hand.
2. The person wearing the splint can perform daily activities with ease.
3. It holds the thumb in on place and does not let any movement occur.
4. Offers support and decreases the uneasiness of the injury by keeping the hand steady.
5. Can also cover the swollen area on the hand that may have occurred after an injury.
Uses of Thumb Spica Splint
The Spica splints are used in wide varieties of thumb injuries like:
1. The De Quervain’s syndrome
2. Thumb fractures
4. Thumb sprains and strains
The cost of the thumb spica splint may range from 125 rupees to 800 rupees approximately.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can a thumb splint be cleaned?
Yes, the thumb splint can be cleaned. The splint should first be cleaned with a soap and warm water and then scrubbed with a help of a brush. The inside of the splint should be cleaned with alcohol so that the odor reduces. The Velcro straps and the stockinet should be hand washed and air dried.
2. How tight should the finger splints be?
The splints should snug enough and hold the finger in position so that it does not move or tumble. The splint should not be so tight that it cuts off the blood flow. If the skin turns white then the splint should be taken off.
3. How long should one wear the splint for a sprained thumb?
The doctor recommends that the thumb splint should be worn for about 3 to 6 weeks. After this, the splint can be removed and some exercises are suggested to get back the thumb to its normal operations.
4. What is De Quervain’s Syndrome?
It is the inflammation of the two tendons which control the thumb mobility and their tendon sheath. Monotonous wrist and hand movements can worsen the situation. Pain and tenderness in the wrist below the base of the thumb is a common symptom. This syndrome can be easily treated with the help of physiotherapy.
Where can you buy it?
Thumb Spica Splints are available in Hyderabad at:
TrueCare Surgicals (Store 1)
Address: H.No 1-100, G2, Hitech City main road, Opposite Indian Oil Petrol Pump, Madhapur, Hyderabad, Telangana 500081.
TrueCare Surgicals (Store 2)
Address: Nizampet X road, Near Sri Holistic Hospital, Behind Vasireddy Swagruha Foods, Kukatpally, Hyderabad, Telangana 500072