Thumb splints decrease the amount of movement in the injured area, while providing support and comfort by stabilizing the affected thumb. Splints can be used for a sprain or even a broken bone and can easily be done by yourself or by a friend.
Things You'll Need
- Tape, cloth or shoestring
Remove any rings or jewelry on the wrist or fingers. If it is difficult to remove because of swelling, try to use soap as a lubricant or consider a ring cutter to remove it. Rings may cause swelling and tissue damage, so avoid leaving on any jewelry.
Decide which type of splint is best for your injury. A curved splint is normally used for dislocations and fractures of the bone in the thumb or other finger, while straight splits are normally used for an injured thumb.
Wash your hand and thumb with a mild soap and dry thoroughly.
Sit down so that you are comfortable and put your hand so that your thumb is pointing toward the ceiling.
Put the splint on carefully over your finger and avoid bending or straightening the thumb. If you apply too much pressure or force, you could cause additional injury.
Wrap three layers of tape around the tip of your thumb and the base of the finger where the lower joint of the thumb is.
Leave the splint on until your injury heals and replace the tape daily to ensure that it holds.