Over the years we have been asked – “What is the difference between Oval-8 finger splints and Silver Ring splints”? While there are many similarities between the two splints, there are many differences, as well. Knowing the differences in these two splints can help you choose the best solution for your finger problem and help answer the question are Oval-8 Splints or Silver Ring Splints right for me?
Oval-8 Finger Splints are made of molded plastic and apply three points of control to support, correct or protect the finger joint. The ready-made splint is designed to treat multiple finger injuries and conditions including arthritis, mallet finger, hyperextension deformity, trigger finger, boutonniere deformity, crooked fingers or fractures, all with the same splint.
Silver Ring Splints are made of sterling silver and have a double-loop design with elliptically-shaped rings that fit comfortably on the finger. The multiple styles of silver ring splints have each been designed to address a different finger problem- such as the “swan neck splint”, the “boutonniere splint” and the “realignment splint”. There are also splints that have been designed for some thumb problems.
While both splints are easy to wear, easy to clean and improve joint stability and finger function- knowing the differences can help you decide which one is right for you.
Differences between the Oval-8 Finger Splint and the Silver Ring Splint:
Oval-8 Finger Splint Silver Ring Splint
|Ready-made with 28 sizes to fit a broad range of finger sizes- 100% latex free||Custom made according to specific measurements|
|Neutral color makes them nearly invisible on many hands||Sterling silver or gold give the appearance of quality jewelry|
|Prices range from $7.20 to $11.50 per splint depending on how many you purchase||Silver Ring Swan Neck Splints start at $83. Prices vary for other designs|
|Ready-made splints are available online or from your health care provider. Do-It-Yourself sizing guide available online||Available through health care providers (usually an Occupational Therapist or Hand Therapist) trained in sizing and fitting Silver Ring Splints|
|Each Oval-8 has size adjustability built into the bottom of the band to accommodate changes in swelling, temperature or time of day||Silver Ring splints are adjustable by gently bending the rings to customize the angle and fit of the splint|
|Oval-8 splints are designed to treat 6 or more different finger problems with just one splint||Each Silver Ring Splints is custom designed to manage different finger and thumb problems|
|Oval-8 Splints can be adjusted with heat to accommodate for unusual finger sizes or conditions, but may not fit well if deformities are severe||Silver Ring Splints can be custom designed and made to accommodate nearly any finger|
Silver Ring Splints are made of sterling silver and are an attractive solution for your finger conditions. When you need an elegant, solution for a difficult finger problem, there is no substitute for a Silver Ring Splint. As the price point is a bit more expensive, they may be a perfect solution for evenings out and for situations where the appearance of your hands is a concern.
Oval-8 splints are very affordable and are a great way to find out if a finger splint will be effective in protecting or correcting your finger problem. They are easily replaceable and are great for everyday use and for those who may need multiple sizes for different fingers or for those who need to change sizes due to swelling.
For some acute conditions such as Mallet Finger, where the splint will only be worn for 4-6 weeks, the Oval-8 Splint may be the obvious choice. For fingers affected by arthritis or conditions such as Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS), where long term wear is expected, the choice between the two styles may be a personal preference.
Both an Oval-8 Finger Splint and a Silver Ring Splint can be great solutions to help treat your finger conditions. You can use your Oval-8 when doing messy activities such as gardening, cooking or painting a wall, and save your Silver Ring Splint to wear when you are dressed up for work or a night out on the town! The choice really is yours to make. Either way, both of these finger splints are an effective way to relieve pain and improve function.
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