A splint is a removable orthopedic device used for immobilization, or to support any part of the body. It may be rigid or flexible. It is made of materials such as low density plastics, plaster fiberglass or polyester casting tapes, neoprene, Velcro, etc.

Casting may be required to assist the therapist in attaining the most optimal range of motion of a joint or position. Physical and occupational therapists provide this service in collaboration with a physician.

The purposes of splinting and/or casting include:

  • Increase or maintain joint range of motion
  • Manage pain
  • Maximize mobility
  • Prevent the recurrence of a deformity
  • Protect joints
  • Increase or regain activities of daily living function