Upper Extremity Orthoses
Upper extremity orthoses, braces and supports are designed for the shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist and hand and can be used for a range of needs from stability to immobilization to maintaining range of motion or stretching.
These orthoses are designed to position the upper extremity – which includes the wrist, arm and shoulder – to prevent unwanted muscle or tissue contractures, maintain proper alignment, and to provide a controlled range of motion.
Static orthoses are typically used to secure a body part (such as a wrist suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome) to ensure stability and provide added protection and support.
Dynamic or functional orthoses
Functional orthoses are used to protect weak extremities while also providing enough range of motion to allow for certain tasks and motions like opening a jar or making a fist.
Uses for upper extremity orthoses
Upper extremity orthoses can be used to treat conditions such as:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Contractures and fractures
- Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)
- Shoulder Stabilization
- Rhematoid Arthritis
- Rotator Cuff Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries