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Splinting…

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Splinting is an important part of the treatment for a dislocated thumb after reduction, as it helps to immobilize the thumb and promote healing. There are several options for splinting a dislocated thumb after reduction, including:

  1. Thumb spica splint: This is the most common type of splint used for a dislocated thumb. It immobilizes the thumb and wrist, providing support and stability to the affected area. The splint is typically worn for several weeks to allow the bones to heal.
  2. Custom-molded splint: A custom-molded splint may be used in more severe cases or for patients with specific hand anatomy. It is made by a hand therapist or orthopedic technician who molds the splint to fit the patient’s hand and thumb precisely.
  3. Dynamic splint: A dynamic splint is a splint that allows for some movement of the thumb while still providing support and stability. It may be used in cases where the patient needs to start moving their thumb earlier in the recovery process.
  4. Buddy taping: This involves taping the dislocated thumb to an adjacent finger for support and stability. It may be used for minor dislocations or in cases where a more traditional splint is not practical.

The type of splint used will depend on the severity of the dislocation, the patient’s individual needs and preferences, and the healthcare provider’s recommendation. Patients should follow their provider’s instructions carefully to ensure proper healing and avoid re-injury.

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