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Splints are devices worn on the outside of the body to improve or maintain range of movement at a joint. Splints are available for most joints of the human body in a variety of materials and sizes. The material of the splint will be dependent on your child’s muscle tone, range of movement and goals. At, our specialist physiotherapists can provide a range of off-the-shelf splints and an extensive variety of custom-made orthotics. Our physiotherapists will endeavour to find a splint that is comfortable, aesthetically pleasing and most importantly does the job for your child.

Mobilisation and stretch exercises applied by a paediatric physiotherapistAbove: Mobilisation and stretch exercises applied by a paediatric physiotherapist

Conditions treated with Splinting

Splints can be provided to children with any condition causing reduced range of movement at a joint. For example, splints can be worn on the hand and wrist to prevent the formation of a claw-like hand and enable efficient maintenance of hygiene in the palm. They can also be worn on the foot and ankle to increase weight bearing and improve heel strike while walking. A specialist physiotherapist at will assess and determine if splinting is an appropriate treatment modality for your child.

Physiotherapy and Splinting

Your physiotherapist will carry out an in-depth neurological examination of your child’s symptoms, problems and goals in order to determine if splinting is an appropriate treatment intervention for your child. The assessment will involve measuring your child’s range of movement, muscle strength, tone, sensation, proprioception, co-ordination and checking their ability to carry out simple functional tasks. The findings of the assessment will be discussed with you and your physiotherapist will help you to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of splinting your child.

If splinting is considered to be a useful treatment route for your child, it can be carried out in one of our clinic locations or at home. Your physiotherapist may provide a pre-fabricated splint or it may be appropriate to make one from a high standard mouldable material. Your physiotherapist will discuss how often your child should wear the splint in order to make maximum improvement.

It is important to note that splinting does not replace the need for physiotherapy treatment. It is a treatment intervention that is used alongside physiotherapy sessions. Physiotherapy treatment for a child with limited range of movement at the joints may focus on: Splinting produces lasting effects alongside other treatment modalities such as botulinum toxin (botox) injections and serial casting. The benefits of splinting include: Splinting is a pain free procedure that improves or maintains your child’s range of movement at the joints. When a splint is worn regularly and correctly, it can significantly improve your child’s functional ability and quality of life.

Why for splinting

At, we understand that reduced range of movement can negatively impact on your child’s comfort, confidence, function and ability to move around. Our physiotherapists are specifically trained to deliver a high standard splinting service. Splinting is an evidence based treatment technique that can substantially improve range of movement and overall quality of life.
  • Access to botulism toxin (botox) injections to increase effects of splinting
  • Access to hydrotherapy to increase stretch in warm water
  • Access to occupational therapy
  • Provision of splinting regime and home exercise program
  • Learn how to help your child achieve optimum quality of life
  • No waiting lists
  • Treatment at home or in the clinic
  • Experienced specialist physiotherapists
  • Treatment at any stage of your child’s development
Physiotherapy sessions and splinting can be provided in your home or at one of our clinic locations. To discuss the benefits of splinting with regards to your child’s needs or to make an appointment, please contact us now on 0330 088 7800. You can also use our online booking system to book an appointment online

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