Orthoses, Upper Limb

Definition : Orthoses designed for external modification of the structural and/or functional characteristics of part or the complete upper limb, providing immobilization and/or support. These orthoses consist of rigid or semi-rigid malleable metal (e.g., aluminum, stainless steel) structures (e.g., supports, immobilizers, movement restraints) that may provide static or dynamic therapy and/or assistance during normal use of the musculoskeletal structure using body or external (e.g., electric) power. Upper-limb orthoses are intended mainly for treatment of deformities and injuries after trauma. Dedicated prefabricated or custom-made orthoses that are intended for a particular region of the limb (e.g., finger, hand, wrist, arm); procedure (immobilization, alignment, support); treatment (e.g., deformity, trauma, arthritis); or for long-term functional assistance are also available.

Entry Terms : "Orthoses, Arm" , "Upper Limb Orthoses"

UMDC code : 28633

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