Splinting is a method of keeping a body part from moving in order to allow it to heal better. It generally involves a hard material, such as a cast, that hardens in order to allow a broken bone to heal. Stiff fabrics, plastic and metal are also used to immobilize an area. This technique is used for sprains and after certain surgical procedures as well.
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American Red Cross answeredSplinting is a method of immobilizing an injured part to minimize movement and prevent further injury, and should be used only if you have to move or transport the person to seek medical attention and if it does not cause more pain.