News from Digisplint

How Time Flies!

How Time Flies!

We have been building splints for over 18 years now and I still love coming to work everyday.  To make something that somebody “needs” as opposed to making something that somebody “wants” is truly rewarding.

I just had a reminder last week of how time flies!  A client contacted us to say that her splint had broken and was wondering if it could be fixed.  After looking up the original invoice we noted that this splint was originally purchased in 1998… That’s 16 years!

Wouldn’t it be nice if everything we needed lasted that long???

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Thank You!

Thank You!

Due to a severe hand crushing accident, I was required to wear a splint on two of my fingers to keep them from going into hyper-extension.

At the hospital, the rings designed by the Physiotherapy Department were very bulky and cumbersome to work around. The Head of the Department had mentioned to me that I should go to Derek at Digisplint to have ring-splints made, and I’m glad I did!

After my hand shrunk to a final size and several attempts to have the correct ring sizes, I am pleased to say that I am wearing my Digisplints 24/7 – and they do a marvelous job of stabilizing my fingers and preventing them from hyper-extending.

Recently, after damaging one of my splints, I had to go back to see Derek for a repair,  at which time he strengthened the splint by putting two bars on either side of the joining spot. Because he stabilized my knuckle, I no longer have lateral shifting in my ring knuckle – which I didn’t even realize until the knuckle-shift was no longer there!

Thank you Derek! Keep up the great work. I recommend you to anyone I know who has any type of finger issues that could be solved by your wonderful products!

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Update for Hereditary Neuropathy

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Several weeks ago, Helen came to us with Hereditary Neuropathy with the goal of keeping her index finger in extension to be able to grip her cane better.

We came up with a Boutonniere Splint to create extension and it worked very well, except for the fact that because Helen has no feeling in her fingers, pressure sores started to develop and we had to “rethink” the way we need to keep her finger in extension.
When Helen revisited us, we completely rebuilt her splint with much wider surface areas and now the splint is working the way it should.

It is such a pleasure to work with Helen.  To be able to come up with an effective device for her was such a benefit to both Helen and myself.  Helen is such an inspiration by again proving that if it not impossible… than it can be done!  

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Not Just Arthritis…Hereditary Neuropathy Too

Not Just Arthritis…Hereditary Neuropathy Too

Hereditary neuropathies are a group of inherited disorders affecting the peripheral nervous system.  They are characterized by progressive loss of muscle control and/or sensory function. There are no effective treatments. I have had Hereditary Sensory Neuropathy Type 1 since I was 27.  I am currently 51.  It is a very slow progressing disease, but often disables the affected individuals severely after a long duration.  My symptoms started in both feet and my symptoms include numbness, tingling and pain.

029Within the past 10 years my hands and fingers have also been affected. I have had partial loss of fingers due to minor injuries where I cannot feel pain and cellulitis that has caused severe damage to my fingers.  The slow-healing wounds on my fingers have developed into chronic ulcerations. 

My latest frustration was my ring finger on my left hand was curling under due to loss of joint integrity.  I am unable to straighten it.  I researched splints for fingers on the web and found DigiSplint. Derek made me an incredible “Anti-Boutonniere Orthopedic Splint”. It not only gives me more function in this finger, I can now hold on to my cane easier and it looks awesome.  Although this disease will continue to progress I am so thankful that I have been able to extend the use of my fingers with my splint from Digisplint.

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Be Pro-Active

Be Pro-Active

011Donna made an appointment with us to be seen today.  A friend of hers wears a few of our splints for control of Osteo Arthritis and she was wondering what can be done for her deviating middle finger.

Donna was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis a few years ago and fortunately for her was able to keep it under control with medications.  Another classic example of being pro-active as opposed to re-active.

I showed her that if we can keep a constant amount of passive pressure on three points around her deviating joint, we should be able to stop the progression of deviation that occurs.  I have pictures of RA clients from when they first came to see us to five years later and there is no progression of deviation.   Our goal in this case is not to correct the deviation as much as slow down, or stop the progression of deviation.

Donna and I sat together in my workshop today for about an hour and she was able to leave with a really good fitting splint.

 

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