Welcome to Stay in the Game, a monthly blog where the team from The Queen's Health Systems share the latest tips on the treatment and prevention of sports injuries. We want to help you play hard and be well - a winning combination that will keep you in the game all season long.

There's a splint (a.k.a. orthosis) for that!

Some common injuries that benefit from splint wear are: tendonitis of the wrist or elbow, broken finger, ligament tear post repair, tendon rupture post repair (Figure 1), and post cast removal of a broken wrist or elbow (Figure 2).

There are two common sports-related finger injuries: mallet finger and boutonniere deformity. Both can benefit from splint wear.

What is a mallet finger?

A mallet finger occurs when there is an interruption in the extensor tendon of the fingertip, resulting in the inability to straighten the fingertip (Figure 3). This can occur if a ball jams the fingertip with a lot of force. Figure 4 is a common splint for treatment.

What is a boutonniere deformity?

A boutonniere deformity occurs when there is an injury to the extensor mechanism of the finger, and the middle part of the finger becomes flexed and the fingertip hyperextends (Figure 5). Figure 6 is a silver ring splint to aid in the return of normal finger positioning.

Occupational therapy treatment in addition to splinting can assist in recovering the function of the hand, wrist, or elbow as the injury heals so that the individual can return to meaningful daily activity, including sports.

Want to learn more? The Queen's Center for Sports Medicine provides comprehensive care for the treatment and prevention of sports injuries and conditions in athletes and active people of all ages.  For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 808-691-4449 or click the button below.

Request an Appointment

Figure 1. https://ssl.cdn.ncmedical.com/items/fullsize/1241205694_NC12357_LG.jpg
Figure 2. https://ssl.cdn.ncmedical.com/items/fullsize/2009_06_18_12_34_39__10_NC33900A_LG.jpg
Figure 3. http://www.nasserhyder.co.uk/images/mallet-finger.jpg
Figure 4. https://www.alimed.com/_resources/cache/images/product/53301_1000x1000-pad.jpg
Figure 5. My hand simulating boutonnière deformity.
Figure 6. https://ssl.cdn.ncmedical.com/items/fullsize/2009_11_16_16_02_49__13_NC16141_LG.jpg



Staph infections in sports

With the start of football and wrestling seasons comes increased risk of skin infections. Learn more...

Just a finger sprain?

I stubbed my finger playing basketball. How do I know if it’s fractured or just a sprain? Learn more...

What is an ACL?

I hurt my knee! How do I know if I tore my ACL? Learn more from Paul Morton, MD, hip and knee reconstruction...

Concussion = Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

That hit to my head was just a small one. I admit I felt a little dazed, maybe a little "foggy." I couldn't...

What is Graston Technique?

With the increasing prevalence of pain and disability associated with musculoskeletal impairments, it...

Can foam rolling enhance athletic performance?

Foam rolling has become a popular intervention across all sports and activities. Find out how it can...

Eight factors that may contribute to shin splints

Shin splints, a common injury for any athlete whose activities include running or jumping. Find out eight...

ACL knee injuries in female athletes

Ross Oshiro, Certified Athletic Trainer and Licensed Massage Therapist at the Queen's Center for Sports...

Parenting athletes to success

Jeremy Angaran, physical therapist and a parent of youth athletes, talks about ways to parent your athletes...

Dosing your exercise

Jeremy Angaran, physical therapist, discusses the importance of how dosing your exercise can help you...