Resting splints support your joints when you’re resting and can help to ease pain and inflammation. They can be useful if you have a painful flare-up of rheumatoid arthritis or a period of joint discomfort, when you may need to rest your hands for short spells during the day or night.
Resting splints are usually made from a moulded thermoplastic and are fitted with Velcro fastening straps. They’re normally custom-made by your physiotherapist, occupational therapist or orthotist.
Why should I wear a resting splint?
You may find that a resting splint:
- reduces wrist and hand pain
- rests and supports your wrist and hand in the correct position
- helps to reduce swelling and morning stiffness.
When should I wear a resting splint?
You should wear your resting splint:
- overnight or occasionally during the day when resting
- during flare-ups or when you have painful joints
- as advised by your therapist.
How do I put it on?
1. Undo the straps.
2. Place your hand into the splint so that it’s in contact with the palm of your hand and there’s no space between your wrist and the splint.
3. If there’s a thumb section make sure that your thumb is also in contact with the material.
4. Do up the straps – not too tight – starting with the strap nearest your elbow.
You may find it helpful to leave the strap over the fingers done up so that you can slide your hand in or out. This means there’s one less strap to undo.