Orthoses, Upper Limb, Elbow

Definition : Upper-limb orthoses designed for external modification of the structural and/or functional characteristics of the elbow joint, providing immobilization and/or support. These orthoses are usually classified according to the function of the orthoses (e.g., immobilization, support, therapeutic, functional) and the physical characteristics (e.g., shape, consistency) and/or material used to make the orthosis (metal, plastics or a combination of these). Elbow upper-limb orthoses may consist of soft orthoses (e.g., a combination of cuffs, straps, and flexible mechanisms) that are intended to provide limited support and stabilization or semi-rigid orthoses that can provide a high degree or total immobilization of the elbow joint. Elbow upper-limb orthoses are intended mainly to provide motion control of the elbow movements, for complete immobilization of the joint, and to avoid pain after injuries or trauma. Dedicated elbow orthoses for immobilization, static and/or dynamic therapy, and for use during normal daily (i.e., functional) use of the elbow are available.

Entry Terms : "Elbow Orthoses" , "Orthoses, Elbow"

UMDC code : 17910

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