Are Splints Supposed To Be Tight?

How tight should finger splints be?

Your splint should be snug enough to hold your finger in a straight position so that it does not droop.

But it should not be so tight that it cuts off blood flow.

You should keep your splint on unless your doctor tells you that you can take it off..

Do splints need to be tight?

Usually the splint does not need to be adjusted at home. If the splint seems too tight or is uncomfortable or painful, call your health care provider. Do not get the splint wet. A wet splint might not support the bone, and also can cause a skin rash or irritation.

How do I know if my splint is too loose?

As the swelling goes down, a cast or splint may become too loose. If swelling increases, the splint or cast may become too tight.

How do you loosen a splint?

Put a thin cloth between the ice and your skin. If your splint is removable, ask your doctor if you can take it off when you use ice. If you have an adjustable splint that feels too tight, loosen it slightly. Keep up your muscle strength and tone as much as you can while protecting your injured limb.

Should I sleep with a splint on?

Dr. Kor advises patients to put on the splint before they go to sleep and try to wear it all night. If patients have to get out of bed during the night, since they cannot apply weight to the splint, they should remove it. He also advises patients to wear the splint while sitting for lengthy periods of time.

Is it OK to take a splint off?

A splint protects a broken bone or other injury. If you have a removable splint, follow your doctor’s instructions and only remove the splint if your doctor says you can. Most splints can be adjusted. Your doctor will show you how to do this and will tell you when you might need to adjust the splint.