Upper limb orthotics are orthopedic braces or splints designed for arm, shoulder, hand, wrist, finger or elbow which provide support to the weakened or injured upper limb and aid in speedy recovery.
Splints protect the joints and if required immobilizes them in order to prevent furthur complication. People with osteoarthritis can benefit from these splints (hard or soft). Some hand splints provide passive realignment of affected structures due to rheumatoid arthritis.
Pressure on the median nerve by wrist posture is considered the main cause of carpal tunnel syndrome. It can be treated by using some custom made wrist splints at night.
Yes, Many wrist and hand fractures or displacements can be handled with low temperature thermoplastic splints. These splints can be water proof and it is possible to remove them under controlled circumstances for hand hygiene and prescribed exercises.
Hand braces and splints help in utilizing the early protected movement. They limit and control swelling that eventually leads to stiffness of joints.
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