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The Use of Positioning Equipment Prescribed by Your Physiotherapist

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About Your Equipment

Your positioning equipment or splint has been prescribed by your physiotherapist to help support your body and or your arms and legs in a position that will prevent or control stiffness and tightness in your muscles and joints. The following guidelines are to help you to begin using your positioning equipment gradually, in a way that does not cause problems with your skin or cause you discomfort.

If you do experience pain, discomfort or any issues with your skin, you should stop using the positioning equipment or splint immediately and contact your physiotherapist for advice. If you do
have any issues with your skin you should also contact your practice nurse/district nurse.

Caring for Your Equipment
If your positioning equipment has a removable cover it can be washed and dried according to the manufacturers recommendations.

Using Your Equipment
Your physiotherapist will show you and or your carers how and when to use the positioning equipment and will provide you with specific instructions in your physiotherapy care plan.

Use the positioning equipment or splint for 1 hour at a time initially. This is important to allow your skin to get used to the positioning equipment and prevent the development of pressure ulcers.
You may need to adjust your normal routine to do this. At the next visit or telephone call your physiotherapist will advise you how to slowly increase the time using your positioning equipment or splint. Your physiotherapist will support you while you are learning to use the positioning equipment or splint until you are able to manage it yourself or with help from your carers and until you gain the maximum benefit with no problems.

Skin care
It is very important when using your splint or positioning equipment that your skin is inspected regularly to check for any signs of pressure. You or a carer should check your skin before and after every time you use the positioning equipment. If you spot any red marks, or for dark skin, areas that are warm and hard, check to see that they have gone within the next 20 minutes. If the red marks or hardness and warmth do not go within 20 minutes stop using the positioning equipment or splint and contact your district nursing team.

Who to contact
Physiotherapist: ………………………………………………..
Tel: 01908 995432
Practice Nurse/ District Nurse
Tel: ………………………………………………………………………..