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Basic Principles of Splinting the Hand

Rebecca M Duncan

Abstract

This article presents the basic principles needed in the fabrication of static and dynamic splints. The principles are defined, and examples are used as illustrations. The biomechanics of dynamic splinting are described, with special attention given to low-profile dynamic splinting. Several low-profile dynamic splints are described, with current indications presented in case studies with supporting documentation for appropriate splinting protocols.

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