Upper Extremity Orthotic Fabrication
Upper Extremity Orthotics include both custom and non-custom varieties. Custom orthotics are fabricated by IBJI’s Occupational Therapists who are trained in the treatment of upper extremity musculoskeletal injuries and disorders. The purpose of an orthotic may include:
- Fracture stabilization to protect and promote healing
- Immobilization to reduce pain from inflammatory conditions or to support healing structures
- Prevention and correction of joint contractures or deformities
- Facilitate joint mobility where stiffness may be present
- Assist in increasing functional performance for daily activities
Orthotics may be fabricated from several types of products based on the physician’s preference and the patient’s personal needs. They may include:
- Low temperature thermoplastics
- Functional casting (also called Focused Rigidity Casting)
Custom orthotics require a physician’s prescription and are fit specifically to each individual patient. They may be fitted to you following your first post operative visit with your physician.
Insurance coverage for custom and non-custom orthotics can vary and your individual benefits will be verified by our office prior to you being fitted with your orthosis.
A well fitting upper extremity orthosis should be comfortable, lightweight and be easy to put on and take off. A follow up visit with your Occupational Therapist is recommended if your orthosis is uncomfortable, becomes too loose after swelling has subsided or is difficult to apply.