A splint may be a good short-term treatment for any painful
injury. Using a splint helps keep an injury from moving. This may help prevent
further injury until you can see your doctor.
Position the splint
so the injured limb cannot bend. A good general rule to follow is to splint
from a joint above the injury to a joint below it. For example, splint an
injured forearm from above the elbow to below the wrist.
are two ways to splint an injury:
Tie the injured part to a stiff object, such as
rolled-up newspapers or magazines, a stick, or a cane. You can use a rope,
belt, or tape as a tie.
Fasten it (buddy-tape) to some other part
of the body. For example, wrap an injured arm to your chest.
When splinting an injury, make sure that you do not tie the
splint too tight. Your splint may be too tight if you have:
Numbness or tingling.
Pale, cold skin below the splint.
swelling below where the splint is tied.
These splinting methods are short-term
first aid measures until a doctor can check the injury.
Primary Medical Reviewer
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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