Removal of the splint and skin care must be performed by the patient in 1-2 day intervals.
Functional exercises of the nonimmobilized joints can be started immediately.
Duration of immobilization
X-ray controls have to be performed immediately after the splint has been applied.
Follow-up x-rays with the splint should be taken after 1 week, and possibly
after 2 weeks. Immobilization is continued until about 4 weeks after the
injury. At that time an x-ray without the splint is taken to confirm healing.
Splinting can then usually be discontinued and active mobilization is
If after 8 weeks radiographs confirm healing, full loading can be permitted.
In tuft fractures, splinting is mainly performed for pain treatment, and usually after 3 weeks, the splint can be discontinued. These injuries do not necessarily need x-ray control.