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How should I care for my hand if I wear a splint?

Check your skin regularly for any signs of redness or soreness – if your skin is sore when you wear your splint then contact your rheumatology department or the department that issued the splint. It may be that you’re allergic to the material of the splint, or that it’s rubbing and causing too much pressure on your skin.

Don’t wear your splint all the time, otherwise your joints may become stiff. Don’t wear your working splint overnight unless you’ve been told to by your therapist or nurse.

When you take the splint off, make sure that you do some gentle wrist, finger and thumb exercises to help stop your joints from stiffening up.

Stop wearing your splint if it:

  • rubs or causes pain
  • doesn’t fit any more or is worn out
  • leaves red marks or makes your fingers tingle.


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