Written by Andrew Latimer, MD and Ryan Gerecht MD
Under the Treatment and Transport heading in the above article, A.J. Heightman carefully explains the following critical information in this article:
Regardless of whether a knee injury is splinted in the position found or after a gentle attempt at realignment, care should be taken not to splint the leg fully extended as this may compress the neurovascular bundle against the posterior tibia. Splinting the knee with approximately 10 degrees of flexion is thought to be ideal at 15 degrees. There are a variety of options for splinting the knee, ranging from preformed cardboard and vacuum splints to the sophisticated Reel Splint Immobilizer. Frequently utilized by the U.S. military, the Reel Splint Immobilizer with its unique multi-hinge system allows you to easily adjust the length and angle of the splint to fit almost any knee deformity.