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    Orthoses for finger, hand and arm
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What is an orthosis?

An orthosis compensates for physical deficits, supports joints and protects them from relapse and misalignment.

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SimBrace® procedure

With this process, we can simulate your finger, hand or arm orthosis before it is produced.

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Aids for protecting and supporting

Orthoses for finger,
hand and arm

The aim of an orthosis is to compensate for deficits, to support joints and to provide protection from relapses and misalignment. In the region of the upper extremities, orthoses are primarily used to improve hand and arm function. The art of a good orthotic treatment is to achieve gentle correction and stabilization of the affected hand, while ensuring the best possible use of the remaining functions at the same time.

Orthotic devices are used as orthopedic aids for short-term or permanent use. In contrast to flexible bandages, they are made of stronger materials, such as plastic, in order to limit movements or correct skeletal deformities. Results of surgery can be supported by targeted stabilization and movement guidance and accompanied by an orthosis. This promotes the functional development of the hand or arm.

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Function meets design

A key prerequisite for a successful orthotic treatment is the consistent use of the device. This can only be achieved if you fully accept your finger, hand, or arm orthosis and wear it consistently in everyday life. To make them as comfortable as possible for you to wear, we only produce orthoses that are highly functional and visually appealing.

Of course, we make sure to use light materials, so that there is no additional impairment due to the weight of the device. We offer a wide range of different colors and designs for all orthoses.

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Interdisciplinary teamwork

Orthoses are generally only prescribed after an in-depth examination by a physician. Ideally, the choice of the appropriate aid should always be made in consultation between the physician, physiotherapist and orthopedic technician.

We are very keen to ensure this interdisciplinary cooperation. Teamwork plays a particularly crucial role in the care of children with orthopedic aids. All participants are in the same boat. After all, optimum treatment results can only be achieved if doctors, orthopedic technicians, therapists, patients and parents pull together.

PRINTORTHESE®

Hand orthosis from the
3D printer

3D printing is increasingly being used in technical orthopedics. Using this method, orthoses can be digitally designed first and then constructed in layers.

Compared to conventional hand orthoses, patients treated with PRINTORTHESE® use the affected hand more frequently during bi-manual activities and report increased wearing comfort.

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The POHLIG system

To ensure that a finger orthosis, hand orthosis or arm orthosis really helps where it is intended, the orthopedic technician adapts it individually to the body. This is the only way to ensure the best possible state-of-the-art care.

It has proven to be very effective to think in segments when treating our patients with orthoses. Only once the individual levels of the body have been discussed on an interdisciplinary basis can the therapeutic goal of orthosis care be identified and the design of the orthosis defined. In practice, this means that we proceed from top to bottom (e.g. from shoulder to arm to hand) and define the corrective measures step by step.

With the POHLIG system, a system in which the individual orthosis elements are put on separately, we can accommodate even the most complex misalignments. The system for putting on individual components separately offers the option of isolated stretching, bending, tilting, turning and counter-rotation of the extremities, thus enabling a targeted therapy.

Static or dynamic?

Static orthoses are intended to fix affected joints in their correction position. Dynamic orthoses, on the other hand, apply force to correct malpositions (such as tendon shortening) by such means as spring hinges or gas springs.

Different designs can be selected depending on the clinical picture and characteristics (e.g. ICP, AMC, plexus paralysis, radial aplasia, etc.):

  • Individual finger sockets for correcting each finger in the orientation and joint position
  • Dynamic joints for flection, extension, pronation or supination
  • Different closure systems
  • Adapters that allow putting on individual components of the orthosis

Static as well as dynamic orthoses are often worn at night. At night, the affected limb can be fixed or corrected over a long period of time. More functional orthoses are usually made for daytime use.

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Flexible aid for hand and arm

Silicone orthoses

Silicone is a soft, flexible material and therefore very comfortable to wear. Thanks to their elasticity, silicone orthoses can facilitate the important movements and muscle functions of the hand. At the same time, the material is so stable that it provides optimum support and protection. It adapts to the patient’s hand exceptionally well and is also water-resistant.

It is also easy to wear directly on the skin, as the material is biocompatible and is non-allergenic. Thanks to the smooth and resilient properties, excellent solutions can be produced even in the most difficult cases.

How to clean a silicone orthosis?

A silicone orthosis should be cleaned at least once a day:

  • Open the Velcro fasteners on the orthosis
  • Hold the silicone orthosis under the tap
  • Now add a little soap to a conventional hand brush. You can use either a normal hand soap, dish soap or shower gel.
  • Use the brush to soap the orthosis thoroughly. It is best to use a toothbrush for the smaller openings.
  • Then rinse the orthosis well with water. Soap residue can cause skin irritation.
  • Dry the orthosis thoroughly with
  • a towel.
How to put on a silicone orthosis?

In this video, you will learn how to put on your silicone orthosis correctly:

  • Open the Velcro fasteners of the orthosis.
  • Lubricate the inside of the orthosis with a little petroleum jelly.
  • Also apply to the lower flap of the silicone orthosis Vaseline so that the two flaps slide better over each other later.
  • Close the orthosis by placing the upper flap (with the Velcro fasteners) over the lower flap. Be careful not to pinch your skin and make sure that the flaps close flush!
  • Now close the Velcro fasteners. With three Velcro fasteners, it’s best to start with the middle.

Trade article

Orthotic treatment of upper extremities in children with neuromuscular disorders

Authors: M. Baise, M. Schäfer
Source: ORTHOPÄDIE-TECHNIK 11/03, Verlag Orthopädie-Technik Dortmund