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In cases of a mild grade of inflammatory action, felt splints or immobile dressings may be used, but in those of a more serious character, when traction becomes necessary, it may readily be produced, and fixation of the joint increased and maintained by the use of two plain wooden splints extending from the base of the fingers to the elbow (see fig. 2). These are to be notched at each end and are not to be wider than the arm. They are to be placed one anteriorly and the other posteriorly, and are applied by means of adhesive plaster in the following manner:
Select plaster of the moleskin variety, and cut four pieces in fan shape shown in fig. 1. To the center of these attach, with needle and thread, strong webbing straps, each a trifle longer than the wooden splints, and to the free extremities of two of these
STILLMAN CF. THE MECHANICAL TREATMENT OF SYNOVITIS OF THE WRIST.. JAMA. 1890;XIV(10):343-344. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410100019001d