Upper Extremity Orthotics
Sometimes we take for granted the use of our fingers, hands and arms and forget how critical they are to our success in both work and play. If you experience persistent aches or can’t use your arm and hand as before, you may feel depressed and uncertain about what to do. Pain, overuse and fractures can disrupt your life, and if not treated properly can lead to chronic pain and even a secondary injury.
Upper extremity orthotics describe 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 include three main areas of orthoses: Upper extremity soft supports, upper extremity positional supports and upper extremity fracture orthoses.
Upper Extremity Soft Supports: 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.
Upper Extremity Positional Supports: These orthoses are designed to position the upper extremity, including wrist, arm and shoulder, so as to prevent unwanted contractures, maintain proper alignment, and to provide controlled range of motion physical and occupational therapy.
Fracture Orthoses: The type of the fracture and the location determines what type of orthosis is appropriate. If the fracture site is near a joint it is often common to stabilize above and below the affected area to reduce unwanted motion at the fracture site.