Splint Cost

-I am an ICBC/WCB patient. Can the cost of my splint be billed directly to ICBC/WCB?

Yes, provided I have written authorization from ICBC/WCB.

-How much will my splint cost?

Every splint is custom-made to suit your condition. For that reason, the cost varies depending on the size, complexity and materials of the splint. The most common hand-splints cost less than $100.

-Will my extended medical plan pay for splints?

Most medical plans will reimburse you for substantial portions of the costs of my splints. I provide the necessary invoice.

Splint Care

-How are the custom nose splints or face masks made and how long does this take?
I will make a model of your face using plaster, then heat the high temperature plastic and mold it to the model. I will then cut out the parts that are not needed, finish the edges and add straps. Further adjustments will be made when you come for a fitting. The first appointment will take approximately 1 hour and the fitting to complete the mask will occur a week later and will take another 30-60 minutes.
-Is it safe to return to sports after a broken nose?
Nose splints and face masks allow active people to continue with their sporting activities despite sustaining a facial fracture. Athletes can return to sport when their doctors have advised them that it is safe to do so.
-What precautions should I take to look after my plastic splint?

Your splint will lose its shape if exposed to heat sources such as ovens, radiators, sunlight, vehicle dashboards and hot water. Do not add padding material or attempt to make splint adjustments at home.

-How should I clean my plastic splint?

Your splint may be cleaned daily with soap and lukewarm water. Dry it thoroughly before reapplying it. If you use stockinette, wash it daily by hand.

General Questions

-I have pain and/or limited function in my thumb/fingers/wrist? Can you help?

Most likely. Please click on “Diagnoses” for a list of conditions I treat, or click on “Contact me” to ask me questions by phone or email.

-Will I have to wear my splint all of the time?

This depends on your condition. I will advise you accordingly.

-My splint needs adjustment. What should I do?

If you have any problems with the splint, please contact me within 2 weeks and there will be no charge for modifications. Beyond that time frame, adjustments will be charged on a time basis.

-What problems should I look out for when wearing my splint?

Should the following occur, remove your splint immediately and contact me:

  • Red or irritated areas from pressure or allergy
  • Unusual discomfort
  • Increased pain
  • Increased numbness or tingling

If you perspire excessively, you can try putting cornstarch on your splint. Talcum powders have perfumes that may cause a rash to occur.