What I Learned About Splints as a Stroke Survivor
I wondered what would happen if I continued to do passive stretching and active hand exercises, but stopped wearing my resting splint at night. After a month of not wearing this splint I could feel my thumb getting tighter. I resumed wearing my splint and the next morning I woke up with a wicked ache in my thumb. My thumb is tight by bedtime so my splint has not eliminated spasticity. Placing the hand in one static position does not retrain the brain to produce active range of motion (AROM). Yet I believe my splint has prevented a painful permanent contracture.
1. Lannin N, Cusick A, McCluskey A, Herbert R. Effects of splinting on wrist contracture after stroke. Stroke. 2009;38:111-116.