View Full Version : To splint or not to splint
03-16-2012, 12:14 PM
Here's my question for you: when your joint(s) flare, do you splint, tape, wrap,cast,whatever? or not? Does the support help or hurt? I know I've used crutches, canes and/or a wheelchair when I'm in a stupendous amount of pain but I'm wondering what your thoughts are on supporting the affected joint.
03-16-2012, 04:53 PM
I asked the same question when I had AVN, but the orthopedic surgeon said NO splints.
I would be lost (or sitting on the floor) without my cane.
03-16-2012, 09:06 PM
splinting an inflammed joint can have bad side effects.
today hospitals prefer to imobilise and restrict swollen joints, rather than splint.
there is a ward in the hospital that i went to when i ran over my toe. this ward is dedicated to people who have broken bones and swelling.
there swelling is severe enough to stop the corrective surgery. 99% of these patients do not have casts. they are wrapped for cleanliness. they rest and raise, waiting for the swelling to go down, so they can have the surgery.
to me this is a faily clear picture of what we need to do.
(or rather not do).
03-16-2012, 09:20 PM
I think that you will appreciate this. Our friend, who is the commanding officer of the base where we live, was just in a bicycle accident. He managed to break both of his arms! He has been told to "rest and raise" for two weeks for the inflammation to go down before he can begin rehab. This is a very active, outgoing guy, and the enforced rest is already killing him.
I'm thinking that I need to bake him a batch of my sinful "better than sex" cupcakes.
03-16-2012, 11:50 PM
.....I'm thinking that I need to bake him a batch of my sinful "better than sex" cupcakes....
if i give you my postal address,
will you send some my way also?
03-17-2012, 08:26 PM
LOL - I'll share the recipe with you. I've had a few requests lately, so I'm typing it up. I'll PM it to you when I'm finished.
03-18-2012, 04:52 AM
I sometimes use stretch tube bandages on painful joints. It helps me, it doesnt stop the pain, but it stops me having to support it myself so much. It also reminds me not to do too much...when I move I think...Helen, lifting that giant bag full of stuff is only going to hurt you more. Or whatever.
But I try to keep moving or I seize up. Hence the mornings are awful.