Many patients come to the clinic seeking relief for specific hand problems that can be successfully treated with conservative management utilising an orthosis.
A simple orthosis can help to eliminate symptoms for several conditions, such as:
- De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
- CMC arthritis
- Median nerve involvement
These simple orthotic designs might be fabricated many times over the course of the treatment day. Yet each one requires multiple steps for individual pattern making and material preparations including cutting, moulding and trimming.
If you find yourself fabricating the same type of orthosis over and over again, you should check out Orfit pre-cuts because of the following advantages:
1. Variety of Designs
The wide variety of pre-cut designs will help you with the most commonly seen patient diagnoses. You can find designs for the wrist, wrist and thumb, resting hand and more. These designs are easy to use and include pictorial instructions on how to do so. Have a look at the Splinting Guide on our Product Information & Education Page for some practical tutorials with Orfit pre-cuts.
2. Saving Time
You can save time by eliminating the pattern making process. Once you learn the techniques of each pre-cut design, it is relatively easy to adapt the pattern to fit most patient hands. After fabricating any of our pre-cut designs once, you will find the process gets easier and quicker.
3. Choice of Materials and Sizes
We carefully chose the most appropriate materials for each specific design, often available in different colours. Furthermore, our designs can be used for both the right and left hand. Available in small, medium and large sizes and even an extra small in case of the dorsal wrist.
4. Less Waste
Our pre-cuts are designed to fit each specific size with a minimum of wasted material for trimming, with less waste overall because you do not have to cut out the shape from an entire sheet of material. Only a minimum of trimming will be required if you chose the correct size. The illustration below demonstrates how to measure your patient’s hand for the right size.
5. Cost Factor
Ultimately you can save money because you are reducing the fabrication time and are able to purchase the exact amount of material needed for each orthosis. You will know the exact cost of the material for each orthosis and can bill accordingly. Your patients will appreciate that you have more time to spend with them, addressing their concerns.
You can find all of the available pre-cut designs by checking the “AVAILABLE IN PRE-CUTS”-box on the Thermoplastic Products Page.
Written by Debby Schwartz, OTD, OTR/L, CHT
Physical Rehabilitation Product and Educational Specialist at Orfit Industries America.
Debby is a certified hand therapist with over 36 years of clinical experience. She completed her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2010. She has worked at Orfit Industries America as Product and Educational Specialist since 2007.
Debby is also an adjunct professor at the Occupational Therapy Department of Touro College in NYC and has written many book chapters in the field of hand therapy and multiple articles for hand therapy journals, including the ASHT Times and the Journal of Hand Therapy. She has published a new textbook on orthotic fabrication together with Dr. Katherine Schofield, entitled “Orthotic Design and Fabrication for the Upper Extremity: A Practical Guide”.
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