What type of splint is used for a fractured forearm?
Commonly Used Splints and Casts
|Area of injury||Type of splint|
|Forearm/wrist||Volar/dorsal forearm, single sugar-tong|
|Elbow/forearm||Long arm posterior, double sugar-tong|
|Knee||Posterior knee, off-the-shelf immobilizer|
|Tibia/fibula||Posterior ankle (mid-shaft and distal fractures), bulky Jones|
Do you need a cast for a fractured forearm?
Depending on the complexity of the fracture and the stability of the repair, you may need a cast or brace for 2 to 6 weeks after surgery. You will usually begin motion exercises for the forearm, elbow, and wrist shortly after surgery. This early motion is important to prevent stiffness.
What are three types of splints used for fractures?
Rigid Splint: Any rigid object, such as wood or plastic boards, broomstick, book or a rolled-out newspapers, which can be used to splint a fractured arm or leg. Flexible Splint: Any flexible object, like a pillow or a bed sheet with several folds. This type is used for foot, ankle and joint fractures.
Can a fracture heal in a splint?
Splints hold bones and joints in place so they can heal after a fracture (broken bone), injury, or surgery. Splints also can help with conditions that affect the joints (such as arthritis) or muscles (such as palsies, which are weakness or paralysis of a muscle).
Can you fracture your forearm and still move it?
A broken forearm can affect your ability to rotate your arm and even bend or straighten the wrist and elbow. A bone may be completely fractured or partially fractured in any number of ways (crosswise, lengthwise, in multiple pieces).
Is a cast better than a splint?
In general, splints provide less support but more flexibility than a rigid cast. They’re easy to take on and off and allow your doctor to reevaluate your injury with x-rays or other diagnostic tools. They also tend to be more comfortable for patients.
How do you know if you fractured your forearm?
– Bruising – Deformity of the forearm – Loss of normal arm motion – Numbness in the wrist or hand – Parts of the fractured bone (or bones) may be visible through broken skin (an open fracture).
How to apply a splint for a simple fracture?
Supporting the limb – gently wrap bandages around the natural hollows of the limb
How should you splint a fracture?
Never insert objects inside the splint. They can stick inside or scratch the skin.
What is used to support a fractured forearm?
Examine your skin to see if there are any cuts from the injury.