SplintingOccupational therapists can provide splints for the upper quarter including the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand following surgery, injury, or disease. Using low temperature thermoplastic, an occupational therapist molds the material directly over the patient’s finger, wrist, or elbow providing a custom fit. Splints are made for a wide range of problems including post surgical protection, fracture bracing, and dynamic or static splints to improve range of motion for stiff joints. A carefully designed, customized splint aids in tissue healing, provides support, and maximizes function of the upper extremity or hand. Splints also allow for better fine motor control, which can increase performance of daily self-care activities and ultimately lead to functional independence.