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Orthoses, Upper Limb, Wrist-Hand, Therapeutic, Articulated

Definition : Therapeutic wrist-hand upper-limb orthoses designed for external modification of the characteristic of the wrist joint. These devices provide a force across the joint and permit a limited and adjustable range of motion. These orthoses are prefabricated devices typically consisting of a semi-rigid cuff or sleeve fixed at the forearm using one or more straps and a soft pad or band fixed on the hand. The orthosis also includes an adjustable mechanical joint (hinge) placed at the wrist to regulate the range of its movement, usually by extension and flexion movement controls (i.e., stops). Some orthoses incorporate an elastic band to assist weak extension muscles. Therapeutic dynamic wrist-hand orthoses are used in patients with weak wrist muscle extensors and paralyzed hand muscles after surgery, trauma, or brain injuries.

Entry Terms : "Articulated Wrist-Hand Orthoses"

UMDC code : 28718

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