Orthoses, Upper Limb, Wrist-Hand-Finger, Immobilizer, Splint

Definition : Wrist-hand-finger immobilizer orthoses consisting of a semi-rigid structure (i.e., a splint) that are designed for maximum restriction of movements and/or total immobilization of the wrist joint by keeping the hand, fingers, and thumb in a functional position. These orthoses typically consist of a splint with a component made of fabric, leather, or plastic that is placed encircling the distal segment of the forearm and wrist to keep the wrist in a fixed position. A second component is used to keep in appropriate position the fingers and thumb while malleable aluminum strays connect both components providing a rigid or semi-rigid structure. Immobilizer wrist-hand-finger splints are used mainly to prevent finger contractures and after wrist surgery (e.g., surgical arthroplasty).

Entry Terms : "Splints" , "Splints, Other" , "Wrist-Hand-Finger Immobilizers"

UMDC code : 28728

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