Splint application: General indications


In this introduction to DVM Newsmagazine's step-by-step veterinary pictorial tutorial, Dr. Crowe explains the general indications for using spica, meta and back splints.


• Unstable and painful fractures and joint subluxations and luxations where immobilization can be done, including the joints proximal and distal

• Initial assessment shows an unstable extremity fracture for which the splint can prevent further soft-tissue and neurovascular injury

• Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries that will benefit from immobilization

• Following operative repairs of injuries where immobilization will be protective

• Treatment of open and closed wounds where movement will disrupt healing

• Prevention of joint movement that would compromise intravenous infusions

• Emergency first-aid of suspected joint, bone, ligament, tendon or muscle injury

• Prevention of further disruption of suspected weakened or injured limb structures

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