Frequently asked questions
What can a thermoplastic splint do for me?
to immobilize or stabilize a joint,
to provide support,
to ease pain or inflammation,
to protect against injury or re-injury,
to promote healing of tissues or bones, and/or
to correct or prevent deformity.
Are thermosplastic splints custom-made for me?
These splints are custom-designed, molded with heat and tailored to your fingers, hand, or arm to ensure optimal fit and comfort. They can also be remolded by your therapist as you recover or should your needs change.
What conditions do splints treat?
Repetitive strain (i.e. carpal tunnel syndrome, DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis, tendinopathies)
Progressive conditions such as Dupuytren’s contracture
Neurological conditions such as head injury or stroke
Degenerative changes from all forms of arthritis
How long does it take to make a thermoplastic splint?
Splints are usually fabricated and completed on the first visit. A thorough initial assessment includes not only your health history but also your roles and task demands in everyday life. This appointment is usually 45-60 mins in length.
How can I prepare for the appointment?
How do I care for a thermoplastic splint?
How does a store-bought splint compare?
These splints are less bulky and far more individualized than an over-the-counter splint. Your therapist utilizes his/her extensive knowledge of anatomy and bio-mechanics, along with a clear understanding of your condition to fabricate a splint that is unique to your splinting needs.
Is the cost of the assessment and splints covered by OHIP, ODSP, WSIB or my private insurance provider?
OHIP – Unfortunately, OHIP does not cover the cost of your hand assessment and custom splints.
ODSP/WSIB – Unfortunately, we do not directly bill to these programs at the moment. Please check with your ODSP or WSIB caseworker, if you have any further questions.
Private Insurance – Many insurance providers cover the cost of occupational therapy assessments and orthoses. Please check the coverage with your provider. Currently, we do not perform direct billing. However, we will be happy to fill out any forms and provide receipts for insurance reimbursements.
How can I pay for the visit(s)?
We currently accept cash, debit and credit card payments.
Where are you located?
We are located inside Maple Clinic at 1051 Markham Road, Scarborough, ON, M1H 2Y5.
Please check-in at the front desk upon your arrival.