Introduction: How to Splint Wrist
“A splint is a piece of medical equipment used to keep an injured body part from moving and to protect it from any further damage.
Splinting is often used to stabilize a broken bone while the injured person is taken to the hospital for more advanced treatment. It can also be used if you have a severe strain or sprain in one of your limbs.
Placed properly, a rigid splint will help ease the pain of an injury by making sure that the wounded area doesn’t move.
If you or a loved one is injured at home or during an activity, such as hiking, you can create a temporary splint from materials around you.“
Step 1: Step 1:
Compare injured wrist to uninjured wrist. If significant swelling, bruising, or deformities are present- seek medical attention immediately and try to keep wrist as stable as possible.
Step 2: Step 2:
Remove any type of obstructions from area and place your hand in pronation, or with your palms facing down.
Step 3: Step 3:
Place the splint board on the palm side of hand- directly below your knuckles.
Step 4: Step 4:
With your choice of wrap, begin wrapping around the knuckles 4-6 times while holding splint in place.
Step 5: Step 5:
Depending on which way you began wrapping, place the wrap diagonally down from pinkie finger to the bottom of your thumb.
Step 6: Step 6:
Next, firmly wrap your wrist 3-4 inches down. Be sure to pull the wrap with steady pressure; not tight enough to cut off circulation.
Step 7: Step 7:
Next with the Ace wrap, beginning at the top of the splint wrap around the back of the hand 2-3 more times.
Step 8: Step 8:
With remaining wrap, repeat steps necessary to provide further stability. Be sure to focus on the area around the wrist rather than your forearm or hand.
Step 9: Step 9:
With remaining 2-3 inches of wrap, pull and place Velcro with a firm grip to secure in place.
Step 10: Step 10:
If medical help is needed, place wrist on a stable position and ice to reduce swelling.