UPPER EXTREMITY ORTHOTICS
Upper extremity orthotics refer to orthoses, braces and supports designed for the shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist and hand and can be used for a range of needs from stability to immobilization and may include the following areas of orthoses: Upper extremity supports(soft), upper extremity positioning supports and upper extremity fracture type orthoses.
These orthoses are designed to position the upper extremity, including wrist, arm, and shoulder, to prevent unwanted contractures, maintain proper alignment, and to provide a controlled range of motion, may be used in conjunction or to apply physical and occupational therapy.
Often referred to as soft goods, these orthoses include those braces that are fabricated/manufactured from neoprene, canvas, and fabric and can be reinforced with metal/plastic stays for additional support. Most commonly used in injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome or as resting splints.
Fracture orthoses are used to stabilize a recent fracture or non-healing fracture. The site of the fracture determines which type of orthoses may be used. These orthoses may be custom fabricated or off the shelf which will be determined by the treating physician or orthopedist.