War and the accidents of civil industry produce large numbers of injuries to the extremities, the care of which involves the problem of splinting active ambulatory patients. Satisfactory appliances must be light, secure of adjustment and so contrived as to disturb the statics and dynamics of the wearer to the minimum degree consistent with the performance of the function for which the splint is prescribed. It is my purpose here to describe three appliances developed in caring for several hundreds of war wounds of the extremities. These appliances are (1) a shoulder abduction splint; (2) an elbow and knee traction splint, and (3) a forearm supination splint. Three models of the shoulder splint and two of the elbow splint are to be presented.
SHOULDER ABDUCTION SPLINT
The framework of the simplest model of the shoulder abduction splint is shown in Figure 1, and the complete appliance in Figure 2. This
CLEARY EW. SPECIAL SPLINTS FOR CERTAIN INJURIES AND DISABILITIES OF THE EXTREMITIES. JAMA. 1919;73(20):1495–1498. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610460013003
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