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Night splints

Katherine HaywardKatherine Hayward Member Posts: 74
edited May 2014 in Cerebral Palsy
I have tetraparesis CP, and hydrocephalus. During a visit to my local spasticity clinic, a physio assessed me and recommended night splints. I've never used them before and would like to know more from those of you who do. It'd de to help the posture in my feet and legs (they turn in due to spasticity). How effective are they? Do they reduce spasm and discomfort?


  • nicebootsniceboots Member Posts: 196 Pioneering
    Hi I have diplegic cp. I wear an afo night splint on my right leg and a leg gaiter on my left leg over night to give muscles a good stretch.
    I find it more comfortable to sleep in the splints than without. wearing them regularly really helps with muscle tightness, once you get used to wearing them.
    What sort of night splints will you be getting??
  • nicebootsniceboots Member Posts: 196 Pioneering
    Hi, I have found that night splints really help with that uncomfortable tight feeling, and I tend to rest better in splints and my leg gaiter. I know a bit about different types of splints, as I am 25 and have been wearing splints on and off since the age of 2, and over that time I have had so many different types!! - I also tend to destroy splints, as I am really active....
  • Katherine HaywardKatherine Hayward Member Posts: 74
    Hi, thanks for replying. Am not sure as the physio didnt go into detail which was frustrating. I've not had splints for awhile. Do you know anything about the different types? I feel something has to be done,as pains and discomfort very bad at times.
  • Katherine HaywardKatherine Hayward Member Posts: 74
    Hi Chris, thanks for replying. It's really bad I didn't get much info at the hospital. Perhaps you can tell me more about the types of splints there are and the materials they're made of, comfort levels etc (although I guess this will vary from person to person). They ought to have been able to advise me.
  • redchicken43redchicken43 Member Posts: 48 Pioneering
    Ive had splints a couple of times over the years and they can be very effective in stretching muscles after you get used to sleeping with them.

    The ones that I have had were made out of the same material that casts are constructed of which are then cut down the front so that you can get your leg in and out with velcro straps on them to do them up.

    However, regardless of how these have helped regular botox injects into my muscles together with physio/exercise has proven more effective.

    Even so I would recomend splints as they should help.
  • Katherine HaywardKatherine Hayward Member Posts: 74
    Hi, thanks for the reply. I know the type as I've had them before. Never had Botox, any idea of the criteria for who gets treated? Ie what symptoms are for a person to be treated. Surgery has been ruled out a lot for me due to the unknown probability the op will go well, & results be favorable. ( surgeons/specialists always unable to tell me). Any other types of splints you've had? Apologise for all the questions but I've never been well informed about this. I have spasticity in all 4 limbs & my legs & feet turn in, also have rotational deformities at hips and partial luxation.
  • redchicken43redchicken43 Member Posts: 48 Pioneering
    I am very fortunate that I have private medicate health cover through my employer and the consultant that I saw arranged for me to see Professor Leslie Findley who is the top of the tree in this field. However, he added me to his NHS as the botox comes in at
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