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September 28, 1940


JAMA. 1940;115(13):1098-1099. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.72810390002009a

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A simple muscular ankle and wrist restraint has been effectively used as a restraint-splint in the care of patients with acute anterior poliomyelitis and may be used to advantage in many other conditions. In addition to its simplicity it is inexpensive, can be made universally available and can be used repeatedly. The indication for its use is as a temporary substitute for the generally used plaster and metal splints for the extremities. In mild cases of poliomyelitis in which there is no paralysis or only slight paresis of muscles of the extremities, the restraintsplint may be used throughout the acute and subacute stages of the disease.

The purpose of the restraint-splint is to immobilize and comfortably restrain the extremities in order to achieve support, protection against fatigue and overstretching of weakened muscles, and neutralization of antagonist muscle-pull, thus preventing deformities and contractures.

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