This Hand Research article was written by Elaine Ewing Fess, MS, OTR, FAOTA, CHT (Zionsville, Indiana) and published at JOURNAL OF HAND THERAPY. 2002;15:97–132
The article discusses the use of sophisticated splints for treating upper extremity problems. These include a variety of splints designed to support paralyzed arms, provide shoulder movement, prevent rotation, assist with elbow and wrist flexion, and address specific conditions like Dupuytren’s disease. The article also explores the historical development of splinting techniques and the role they played in orthopedic care. Additionally, it highlights the contributions of surgeons like Hugh Owen Thomas and Alessandro Codivilla in advancing the field of splinting and rehabilitation. The use of plaster of Paris as a popular immobilization medium for fractures is also mentioned. Enjoy reading the full story!