CONTROLLING PAIN: Bracing and splinting to manage pain
Clifford Gevirtz MD, MPH

May 2008 
Volume 38  Number 5
Pages 58 - 58
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Gevirtz, Clifford MD, MPH

Issue: Volume 38(5), May 2008, p 58 Publication Type: [Department: …& more: CONTROLLING PAIN] Publisher: © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Institution(s): Clifford Gevirtz is clinical associate professor of the department of anesthesiology at Louisiana State University-New Orleans; medical director of Somnia Pain Management in Harrison, N.Y.; and editor of Topics in Pain Management.

BRACING A PAINFUL LIMB is an ancient concept. Hippocrates described using sticks to immobilize a limb for pain relief and to speed healing. Today, the use of bracing and splinting varies widely among specialists who treat painful limbs and the spine. In this article, I'll discuss the indications, limitations, and complications that may arise from bracing and serial splinting.

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