Each Wednesday, we feature our Splint in the Spotlight. With these articles, we offer you inspiration and
ideas for your future splinting projects and for the wide variety of pathologies you encounter with your clients.
Today, we focus on the Finger Extension Assist Orthosis.
When peripheral nerves are injured by compression or laceration, motor and sensory function can be significantly impaired. Nerve recovery may be prolonged and therapists are often confronted with the task of creating functional orthoses to help clients maintain their independence while awaiting nerve regeneration and/ or recovery. These functional orthoses can be challenging to fabricate, bulky with multiple attachments and unattractive.
Functional orthoses need to:
- Be easy to don and doff;
- Allow active motions of the non-involved muscles;
- Apply force accurately to mobilize joints where the injured nerve no longer innervates the musculature;
- Be acceptable and pleasing to the client.
Orfit Industries has created a simple and aesthetic approach to functional orthoses for clients with peripheral nerve injuries.
The use of conveniently packaged pre-coiled wires which are easily attached to thermoplastic splints offers a creative and low profile solution for these complicated splints. Continue reading