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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:
When splinting an injury, make sure that you do not tie the
splint too tight. Your splint may be too tight if you have:
These splinting methods are short-term
first aid measures until a doctor can check the injury.
June 27, 2012
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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