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Wrist and hand splint, England, 1960-1980

Placed over the wrist and hand, the leather splint was worn to encourage bones to grow normally. The metal device on the end was used to open out the fingers. The splint was used at the Lord Mayor Treloar Orthopaedic Hospital in Alton, Hampshire, England, a hospital set up in 1908 to treat children with a range of orthopaedic conditions and physical disabilities. The hospital combined treatment with education and schooling.

Object number:

2002-335

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Glossary:

Glossary: hand

The portion of the upper limb distal to the radiocarpal joint, comprised of the wrist, palm, and fingers.

Glossary: orthopaedics

The branch of medicine concerned with the preservation and restoration of the muscular and skeletal systems in the body.

Glossary: splint

A rigid device of plastic, wood or plaster that serves to immobilize or support an injury. Generally strapped alongside an injured limb.