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Fabricating Resting Hand Orthoses using the Volar Design
The resting hand orthosis, an orthosis that immobilizes the wrist, fingers, and thumb, is an important intervention for patients with many clinical conditions, including stroke, arthritis, burns, and others. It provides protection and a safe position for healing. This orthosis is often one of the first orthoses taught to novice…
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The following are some basic principles, which will help you choose the right orthosis for a given prescription.
Static hand splints are often used to support normal anatomical hand arches. These are resting splints which are normally fitted volarly thereby offering pleasant resting comfort. Immobilization splints to replace plaster casts are best made circumferentially. Static corrective splints are particularly suitable to assist the growth of shortened tissues (muscles, skin), to make joints move freely again. Static splints are also prescribed to stabilize joints.
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Hand resting splint
Positioning or resting of the wrist, hand and fingers.
Dynamic splints are characterized by their mobility and their energy which is derived from elastics, springs fixed on good static splints. The objective of dynamic splints is primarily twofold: firstly, to encourage the patient to recover their mobility as quickly as possible (ex. After surgery) procedure) and thus prevent the adhesion of soft tissues. Secondly, to assist muscle imbalance in order to prevent muscular contractures and to enable the hand to rapidly regain its functional use.
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Dynamic splinting basics – Instructions for use for the Orfitube
In order to adjust the tensile force and the direction of the dynamic traction as accurately as possible, an elastic is used which is attached to an outrigger.