In the realm of healthcare, finger injuries, and joint dislocations are not uncommon, often resulting in debilitating pain and restricted mobility. This case study focuses on a dentist who suffered old trauma to the proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joint of the fifth finger on his right hand. Over the past year, the dentist experienced frequent dislocations of the joint, making it challenging to perform daily tasks, especially while wearing gloves and practicing hand hygiene. To alleviate discomfort and improve functionality, the dentist was fitted with a Jewelsplint, a lightweight and versatile silver ring splint that offers several benefits over traditional finger splints.
The dentist had been coping with recurring dislocations of the PIP joint on his right-hand fifth finger, stemming from a previous injury. Previous attempts to stabilize the joint involved using a plastic ring splint, which proved to be inadequate due to its limitations. The dentist encountered difficulties using the plastic splint while wearing gloves and washing his hands, hindering his ability to maintain proper hand hygiene during dental procedures. Seeking an improved solution, the dentist was introduced to the Jewelsplint, an innovative alternative that promised enhanced comfort, flexibility, and practicality.
Benefits of Jewelsplint:
Lightweight Design: The Jewelsplint stands out with its lightweight construction, minimizing the feeling of wearing a splint and providing greater comfort to the user. The reduced weight ensures that the splint does not interfere with the dentist’s daily activities or dental procedures.
Gentle and Supportive: The Jewelsplint offers gentle support to the PIP joint, preventing dislocations and providing stability. The splint’s design takes into account the specific anatomical considerations of the finger, ensuring optimal fit and support without restricting movement.
Waterproof and Hygienic: Unlike its plastic counterparts, the Jewelsplint is waterproof and can be worn during handwashing and other activities involving water exposure. This feature is particularly important for the dentist, as it allows him to maintain strict hand hygiene protocols without the need to remove the splint frequently.
Compatible with Gloves: The dentistry profession often requires the use of gloves for infection control and patient safety. The Jewelsplint’s sleek design allows for easy accommodation of gloves, enabling the dentist to maintain a high level of hygiene without compromising the splint’s functionality.
Results and Conclusion:
Following the fitting of the Jewelsplint, the dentist experienced significant improvements in pain reduction and joint stability. The splint’s lightweight nature and compatibility with gloves enhanced the dentist’s ability to perform intricate dental procedures comfortably. Furthermore, the splint’s waterproof feature allowed for seamless integration into the dentist’s hand hygiene practices.
The case of the dentist with chronic joint dislocation demonstrates the advantages of the Jewelsplint over traditional plastic finger splints. By combining lightweight design, gentle support, water resistance, and glove compatibility, the Jewelsplint provided an effective solution for the dentist’s finger pain and instability. This case underscores the importance of tailored and innovative solutions in addressing the specific needs of healthcare professionals and individuals with finger injuries or joint dislocations.