Occupational Therapy

KW Custom Splinting

KW Custom Splinting by Occupational Therapists

Announcing KW Custom Splinting with Melissa Heidebrecht and Sabrina Adair

We are pleased to announce the opening of KW Custom Splinting, founded by Melissa Heidebrecht and Sabrina Adair, based out of the SOS Physiotherapy clinic in the Belmont Centre for Physical Medicine. Melissa and Sabrina have over 20 years of combined experience working in various hand therapy roles in Southern Ontario. They both have extensive experience providing client centred care and fabricating custom splints.

What is Custom Splinting?

KW Custom Splinting provides client centred, individualized upper extremity splinting for a variety of soft tissue injuries, arthritis, fractures, ligament tear/sprains, etc.   The splints that we make are fabricated out of low temperature thermoplastic material. The material gets soft in hot water and will mold directly to the clients hand. These splints are also fully adjustable to accommodate for bumps and hollows of the clients hand/wrist. This technique results in an excellent quality, highly individualized and long lasting product that is easy to wear for most clients.  Most patients will receive their splint to take home on the day of their assessment.

When should patients see an Occupational Therapist for a custom splint?

Custom splinting is very useful for providing support and rest to sore, overused or injured boney and soft tissues.

The most common splinting needs that occur in the community are for the following diagnoses:

  • Dequervain’s Tenosynovitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • CMC osteoarthritis
  • UCL tear/strain
  • Finger arthritis
  • Ulnar neuropathy
  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • A variety of other acute and chronic soft tissue or boney problems

How can a patient be referred?

People who require a custom splint can self-refer to our services, but they may require a physician referral for reimbursement from an extended health Insurance benefits plan.  For a printable copy of our referral pad, please click here.

How much does a custom splint cost?

The cost of the splint varies depending on the amount of material used and the time involved in fabrication. The cost includes the cost of the materials used as well as the therapists’ time to fabricate the splint.  If a client has an extended health care benefit plan, it will often cover 80-100% of the cost of custom splints (or Orthoses).

The final cost of the splint is at the discretion of the treating Occupational Therapist.

For additional information, questions or to book an appointment, please call the SOS physiotherapy office at 519-743-4555.

To contact Melissa or Sabrina directly, please email them at kwcustomsplinting@gmail.com.