Orthoses for the upper extremity refers to all external bracing applied to the body above the waist and can include the following:
Custom helmets may be prescribed for deformational plagiocephaly/brachycephaly in babies (the process is often referred to as cranial remolding) or after a craniectomy (a type of surgery to remove a portion of someone’s skull to relieve extra pressure on the patient’s brain) in order to prevent damage to the area of the brain that no longer has skull bone protecting it.
Spinal orthoses, which include neck and back braces, are used to support and stabilize areas of the body from the jaw to the lower back and cervical spine. These types of orthoses may be used postoperatively to promote proper and safe healing, to treat a chronic disease or condition such as arthritis or scoliosis, or used to treat an injury.
Braces and supports designed for the shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist and hand and can be used for a range of needs from stability to immobilization. These orthoses are designed to position the upper extremity in order to prevent unwanted contractions, maintain proper alignment, and/or to provide a controlled range of motion during physical and occupational therapy. Over-the-counter custom fitted braces are available, or a WHO (wrist-hand-orthosis) can be custom made from a hand-casted plaster mold. In order to choose the correct brace needed, individuals should meet with our qualified Orthosist.
Custom nose & face masks are often used by athletes with a recent injury to allow them to get back in the game while protecting their face. A custom mold is taken of the athlete’s face, and a mask is then designed and manufactured to fit each athlete’s specifications and sport’s body regulations. Additional customization options are available along with rush service.
Athletes can discuss requirements on an individual basis with our orthotist.