Thumb spica splint

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Background

  • Notching the splinting material (shown) prevents buckling when wrapping around thumb.

Indications

  • Scaphoid fracture - seen or suspected (check snuffbox tenderness)
  • De Quervain tenosynovitis.

Procedure

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  • Assess distal pulse, motor, and sensation
  • Apply padding and splint material (e.g. Ortho-glass) to the radial aspect of the forearm and covering the thumb as shown
    • Wrist should be in slight extension (approximately 20°) with thumb in functional position (ask patient to envision "holding a soda can")
  • Maintain positioning until splint material hardens and secure splint to forearm
  • Reassess distal pulse, motor, and sensation

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