What is a Soft Splint?

A soft splint can be wrapped around the joint limb of a patient. The interlinked soft and elongated fabric sleeves are joined flexibly at the edges of the sides that create a unitary structure. These sleeves make up for the individual pockets that are full of lightweight and flow able expanded from beads partially or in any other material that do not absorb moisture and where the air and moisture can pass freely in the structure.

This lightweight structure makes for the soft splint that has to be wrapped around the affected area of the patient and should be secured in place by means of quick fastening.

You can remove and install this splint easily. The sleeve members when compressed resist bending in order to maintain your limb in an unflexed extended position. This lightweight construction allows the passage of air and moisture through it rapidly and it dries fast after washing. About 3-4 sleeve members, are linked together to make a splint that has suitable size.

o These soft adjustable splints with polystyrene bead filled splint positions of the wrist, knee and elbow are used in order to immobilize passively protect your joints and prevent pressure applied on the bony prominences. Adjust the splint simply by adding or removing the beads from the concealed zipper opening. There are Velcro closures that enable easy removal. These splints are very comfortable to use with a white cotton lining and grey vinyl mesh covering. The fill is radiolucent and it is machine washable.

o A soft splint cast is a kind of a splint that is made from soft cast material made by 3M for casting. It can be used similarly like Fiberglass cast. But, in soft splint cast, the casting material is not set as firmly as fiberglass cast, thus enabling one to make some movements. The more number of materials used, the more rigid the cast becomes.

o A soft cast splint is very comfortable to wear. It is unsuitable for immobilizing the limb, in case of a fracture. But is a great help in cases where one needs support allowing some movement. Such soft cast splints are used to treat transition from rigid splinting to nothing at all and tendinitis. The splint limits your movements and thus, protects the injured tissue.

Many different materials are used to make a splint. It depends largely on the type of injury, the person who requires a splint and tier goals of immobilizing. Many people prefer these soft splints because of the comfort it offers and it’s softness.