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How can I get a splint?

Resting splints

Most rheumatology departments will have members of the team who can make these splints for you, including physiotherapistsoccupational therapists and orthotists. Resting splints are also sometimes available from mail-order catalogues and online.

Working splints

Most rheumatology departments and occupational therapy or physiotherapy departments working with a rheumatology service will stock working splints.

They’re also sometimes available from hospital orthopaedic departments and GP practices, and they can be purchased from some surgical suppliers, pharmacies, sports shops, mobility equipment shops, mail-order catalogues and online.

We don’t recommend that you buy splints yourself unless you’ve received advice from your rheumatology team, so you can be sure a splint purchased through mail order or online is appropriate and effective for you.

You shouldn’t borrow or use other people’s splints, or let them use yours, as they won’t have been designed to suit your own needs.

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