Splints for long-term pain
An occupational therapist (OT) may suggest you wear a splint, a device that’s mainly worn on the hand but can be for other parts of the body such as the neck or foot. They can be made from soft, flexible material and can come ready-made, or your OT can make them to specifically fit your joints.
Splints can help you to:
- reduce pain in your joints
- improve function
- rest the joint
- correctly position the joints to prevent deformity.
Your OT will recommend when you should wear the splint and how long you should wear it for. This is because overuse can lead to muscle loss due to lack of joint use. You should also take it off regularly to allow your skin to breathe.