Splint Types

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Anti-Swan Neck Splint

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The DS Anti-Swan Neck Splint can be used on the PIP or DIP joints of the fingers as well as the IP joint of the thumb.  Care must be taken when worn on the DIP joint as the splint can slip off.

This splint will stop the hyper extension of these joints and keep the finger in a neutral or slightly flexed position.  While wearing this splint you will be able to maintain full flexion of the finger.

Commonly used in different forms of Arthritis, it is also beneficial in cases of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome or other dysfunctions of hyper mobility.  It is also used to stabilize fingers damaged by injury or surgeries to the tendons of the finger.

The DS Anti-Swan Neck Splint can be adjusted by spreading the rings further apart for a tighter fit or squeezing them together for a looser fit. 

 Additional Options

Lateral Supports – The DS Anti-Swan Neck Lateral Support Splint has all of the above features but will also support a lax (loose) joint, offering more stability to the joint.  It can also correct a deviating joint that is lax, but will only support a joint that is not correctable.  The lateral supports can be added to either side of the splint but is most effective when attached to both sides of the splint.  Lateral supports are also added to protect painful joints.

Pressure Plates – Occasionally, when the joint has been in a hyper extended position for a long time, the top of the rings can dig into the skin on the dorsal side of the finger and cause discomfort.  In these cases, Digisplint can add pressure plates to the splint which make the top of the splint much wider spreading the pressure over a wider area making the splint much more comfortable to wear.  Pressure plates can be added to just one ring or to both rings.

Spacer – A spacer can also be added to the volar side of the splint for leverage and in the case of swollen PIP joints can make the splint more comfortable to wear.


Anti-Boutonniere Splint

boutonniereThe DS Anti-Boutonniere Splint can be used on both the PIP and the DIP joints of all the fingers including the IP joint of the thumb.

It is used to limit the flexion of each of these joints or to keep them in an extended position.

You can allow some flexion when wearing this splint by squeezing the rings together to loosen the splint or you can make the splint tighter by spreading the rings further apart.

It is very effective for Arthritic, Boutonniere conditions or for Mallet finger conditions and can hold the finger in different positions depending on how tight you want the splint to be worn.  It can be used to slow down or even sometimes stop the progression of deviation from Arthritis.

This splint can also be worn with the spacer to the side of the joint (also known as a realignment splint).  This will align lax joints that are deviating laterally, as well as slow down the progression of deviation caused by Arthritis.

Additional Options

IMG_5441Lateral Supports – The DS Anti-Boutonniere Lateral Support Splint does all of the above for your finger but we can add the lateral support bars to one side or to both sides to protect the joint as well as assist in correction of lateral deviation.

Pressure Plate – Some people may experience discomfort if there is too much pressure on the finger where the spacer rests.  If required, the spacer can be filled in to help distribute the pressure.


Realignment Splint

realignmentThe DS Realignment Splint is commonly used for different forms of Arthritis where the joint begins to deviate laterally.  With a constant amount of passive pressure, this splint is very effective in slowing down or even stopping the progression of deviation caused by Arthritis.

There are two ways to order this splint.  Both do the same job by pulling the finger into alignment or at least slowing down the progression of the deviation.

The small ring (known as the spacer) between the two large ones can be inverted (horizontal) to make the splint longer to create more leverage in pulling the finger into alignment, This is good for PIP joints.  You can also order this splint as a regular DS Anti-Boutonniere splint worn with the spacer to the side (vertical).  When used on the DIP joint, it is recommended to have the spacer in the shortened position (vertical) in consideration of the shorter distal phalange.

This splint can be worn on both the PIP and DIP joints but care must be taken when worn on the DIP joint as the splint can slip off.

It will also limit flexion of the PIP to about 30 degrees and is not always recommend for fingers that have full flexion as the splint will rotate when the hand is fully flexed.

Please indicate when using on the DIP joints as the flat surface area may need to be adjusted so as not to “dig in” at the sensitive area by the nail bed.  A distal pressure plate may be necessary for comfort.

Additional Options

 Pressure Plate – Some people may experience discomfort if there is too much pressure on the finger where the spacer rests.  If required, the spacer can be filled in to help distribute the pressure.


Combination Splint

The DS Combination Splint is used on the two joints of a finger, both the PIP and the DIP.  There is an advantage to having one splint for one finger when two splints are needed, but it is stressed that when we splint both joints with one splint, we limit the flexion of one or both joints.  To maintain current mobility in each or either joint, two separate splints are recommended.

The degree of difficulty in sizing for these splints only allows us to give two free re-sizings.  If more than  two re-sizings are required shipping charges will be applied.  Also, we cannot refund for this splint as the rings usually cannot be re-used.

Combination Anti-Swan Neck Splint/Boutonniere Splint


This splint is used to limit hyper extension of the PIP at the same time limiting flexion of the DIP.  This splint is mostly effective when both the PIP and DIP can be manually brought to a neutral position.


Combination Anti-Boutonniere Splint/Swan Neck Splint


This splint is used to limit flexion or bending of the PIP at the same time limiting extension of the DIP.  This splint is mostly effective when both the PIP and DIP can be manually brought to a neutral position.




Buddy Ring Splint

buddyThe DS Buddy Ring Splint is fairly straight forward in that we use a stronger finger to support or “Buddy Up” a weaker finger.

Usually the DS Buddy Ring splints are made up of just two rings, but we have made them up to four rings in length where the rings are positioned between the PIP joint and the MCP joint.

It is good to know what kind of offset is needed for the rings before they are soldered together.  The amount of offset, either 1/2, or full, depends on how the web spacing of the finger is situated.  If  you look at your pinky and ring finger, you will see that the position of where the ring sits on your picky is different than where it will sit on your ring finger.  This is the offset.

The rings we use to make the DS Buddy Ring Splint are 5.5mm in sterling silver or 10 karat yellow gold.

The DS Buddy Ring Splints are most commonly used for trauma or injuries to your hand like polio or hand surgeries like tendon transfers.  They are not very effective in the case of ulnar drift where all four fingers drift, or angle away from the thumb like in the case of Rheumatoid Arthritis.


MCP Thumb Splint

DCP_2181The DS Thumb MCP Splint is commonly used for  stabilizing or supporting a weakened  or collapsing thumb MCP joint. It will stop hyper-extension and take the stress off of the this joint as well as preserve function when continuously in use.

This splint is also being used by professionals to preserve the integrity of the Thumb MCP joint in their realm of practice; for example Physio Therapy, Massage Therapy, Dentistry, Surgical.

Additional Options

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Palmar Support – An extra bar or ring can be added to the volar side of the splint to create additional support for subluxed MCP joints.

Bracelet Type – Our traditional expanding bracelet comes standard with this splint.  This bracelet is effective but not overly pretty.  It holds the splint tightly in place while still allowing movement as it expands as you move.  It sits tight against the skin and may pinch delicate skin.

You may change it to a Sterling Silver Bracelet or the Anchor Ring for an additional cost.

The Sterling Silver Bracelet is not as effective but much prettier.  It is made of Sterling Silver and does no2017-06-29 11.26.13t sit tight to the skin as it dangles around the wrist.   It does allow for some movement of the splint when working with your hands.  It can be difficult to get on and off as you need to do up the clasp with one hand.

The Anchor Ring is not a bracelet at all but rather a separate 5mm silver band.   This option is very 2017-06-29 11.25.17comfortable most of the time, however, if your hands swell the anchor  ring will b2017-06-29 16.08.47ecome too tight and you will be unable to wear it.  Swelling can occur due to activity level, or hot/humid weather, or inflammation of joints.


Trigger Finger Splint

DCP_2177The Trigger Finger Splint is commonly used when “locking” happens in the flexion/contracting motion of the finger.

We have simplified the Trigger Finger Splint by taking a common Boutonniere Splint and slide the centre spacer portion past the PIP joint (dorsal) so that the proximal point of the splint sits beneath the MCP joint and the distal end sits just proximal of the PIP joint, limiting full flexion of the MCP an PIP joints.  By doing this, we can avoid the full flexion position where the “trigger” or locking happens. A lateral side bar is added to make it more solid and to avoid bending the splint when in normal use.  In cases where extra strength is necessary, the lateral side bar can be added to both sides of the splint.



Dorsal Block


The DS Dorsal MCP Splint is used to   create dorsal pressure on the MCP joint when that joint begins to Boutonniere.  It is used to stabilize the thumb MCP into a better position,  to assist in creating lost extension and to help with pinching and grasping when manual correction to the joint is possible.

This splint comes in a large and small size with an expansion type bracelet attached which will allow for flexion while maintaining the integrity of the bracelet.