Arm Orthotics and Supports
Muscle paralysis and spasticity of your affected arm can cause joint stiffness and pain. Proper-fitting splints and orthotics can prevent long term damage to your joints.
Static splints keep your joints in one position, whereas static-progressive splints reverse joint stiffness and spasticity. Occupational therapists and orthotists fabricate custom splints to your specific needs. There are also many off-the-shelf orthotics.
Explore the photos and links below to learn about which option may be best for you.
Custom resting hand splints are made by occupational therapists using a heat-sensitive plastic that is molded to your hand. A resting hand splint is typically worn during the night to support the joints.
An off-the-shelf resting hand splint is typically worn during the night to place joints in a resting position. Off-the-shelf splints are not custom-made, they come in different sizes.
A static-progressive, custom wrist-hand orthosis keeps the wrist and finger muscles in a constant stretch, improving range of motion and reducing spasticity. It is made by an occupational therapist or an orthotist.
Custom static elbow splint. A static elbow splint is typically worn during the night to support the joint.
A static-progressive ,elbow extension orthosis keeps the elbow joint in a constant stretch, improving range of motion and reducing spasticity.
Functional Tone Management Orthoses
The Saeboflex orthotic is used during a high repetition exercise program. It involves grasping a 3-inch diameter ball using your own grip strength, and then the Saeboflex assists in releasing the ball. You will need to have some ability to move your shoulder, elbow, and make a partial fist to use the Saeboflex. This orthotic is helpful for people who have moderate spasticity.
The Saeboreach is used in addition to the Saeboflex by using bands to assist in straightening your elbow when you are reaching forward, to the side, and behind you.
The Neofect Extender is a positioning glove for those with mild hand spasticity or weakness. The customizable straps extend the fingers into an open hand position. The finger strapping can also be reversed to support secure grip while holding an object.
The Saeboglove is a light-weight orthotic that can be worn during activities throughout the day. You grasp an item (eg. utensils, hairbrush) using your own grip strength, and the Saeboglove assists in releasing the item. You will need to have some ability to move your shoulder, elbow, and make a partial fist to use the Saeboglove. This orthotic is helpful for people who have little to no spasticity.