Knee injury - treated with a splint

You have injured your knee. We have placed a splint on the leg to restrict movement and support it.

About your visit

We have examined you and have ascertained that you have injured your knee. We have placed a splint on your knee to restrict movement and support your leg. We have adjusted the splint to fit you. Do not readjust the splint without consulting your general practitioner. 

You may:

☐ remove the splint when washing
☐ remove the splint when sleeping
☐ not take off the splint
☐ put weight on the leg
☐ not put weight on the leg

If you need crutches, we have lent you a pair to take home with you.

When you get home

Move your foot, toes and hips

Bend at your hip and wiggle your foot and toes several times a day while wearing the splint. This increases blood circulation and reduces the risk of stiff joints.

Take pain-relieving medicine if you are in pain

You should take pain-relieving medicine if you are in pain. Pain-relieving medicine can be bought over the counter. Take only the amount of pain reliever recommended on the package. Contact your general practitioner if you need help managing the pain.  

Remove and put on the splint correctly

If you are allowed to remove the splint, loosen all straps. 
When it is time to put the splint on again, sit on a chair, bed or sofa with your leg straight. Open all the straps and stretch out the padding. 

Picture showing how to to place the split

Place the splint under your leg, so the two hinges are level with the upper part of your kneecap. Wrap the padding around your leg. 

Picture showing how to strap the split

Fasten the straps. Begin with the strap closest to your knee, then move up and down your leg.

It is best to wear the splint under your clothes. The splint should fit snuggly around your leg but should be loose enough for you to fit a finger under the strap. Use the clasps to open and close the splint and adjust the straps as the swelling goes down. Do not readjust the settings of the splint. Contact your general practitioner or dial 1813 to reach the medical helpline outside your general practitioner’s opening hours if you feel that the splint does not fit correctly.

Check-ups

You will be called in for a check-up to make sure your knee is healing correctly. We will also discuss further treatment at the check-up. We will call you about the time and place or notify you digitally or by mail.

If your condition deteriorates before your check-up, do not wait, but contact your general practitioner. If your condition deteriorates acutely, dial 1813 to reach the medical helpline.

Worth knowing

Throw away the splint when you no longer need it

The splint cannot be re-used. So when you are done using it, throw it out. 

Return the crutches after use

When the crutches are no longer needed, please return them to: 

Frederiksberg Hospital
Emergency department

Telephone: (+45) 38 16 35 24, all days between 09.00 and 21.00.

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