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Hand orthoses and hand supports

Wrist supports and hand orthoses offer targeted support, stabilising your hand and wrist, relieving strain and supporting recovery after an injury or surgery.

Hand orthoses and hand supports

Hand orthoses and supports stabilise and support

Orthoses can take the strain off joints or entire regions of the body, right where you need it most. They can also prevent you from making wrong movements. This helps to alleviate pain and ensure therapy is successful. Hand orthoses are specially designed for the hand and wrist area. Depending on the model, they can also be effective for parts of the forearm. If you wear a hand orthosis, you won’t be able to move the affected part as freely as you would with a hand support, wrist support or finger support. A hand orthosis stabilises the joint or immobilises your finger, hand or wrist.

Depending on the design in question, some hand orthoses can correct the position of your hand or be adjusted to allow a specific range and extent of motion. Some can even set the exact position or range of motion for individual fingers. This prevents users from performing movements that would impair their recovery. In short, a suitable hand orthosis will ensure movements are performed in a safe, controlled manner. Straps, bars or rods are generally used to stabilise the hand, wrist and possibly the forearm.

¿Qué es una órtesis para pulgar?

Una órtesis para pulgar es una órtesis de mano especial que protege y estabiliza el pulgar y la articulación del pulgar y que alivia los dolores. Por lo general, las órtesis para pulgar se utilizan después de una lesión (p. ej., pulgar de esquiador) o tras una intervención quirúrgica. Las órtesis para pulgar son perfectas para aliviar molestias pre y posoperatorias, así como los síntomas de la artrosis e irritaciones.

Gracias a su efecto estabilizador y protector, una órtesis de mano facilita también el inicio de la rehabilitación. Esto favorece la recuperación y apoya una mejora o un restablecimiento más rápidos del estado de salud.

Will a hand orthosis help if I have carpal tunnel syndrome?

A type of hand orthosis also known as a carpal orthosis is frequently prescribed for mild cases of carpal tunnel syndrome. People wear these types of orthoses especially at night because they immobilise the hand and joint and prevent you from bending your wrist too far in your sleep. It can be very painful if the median nerve, which is partially responsible for helping you move and feel your thumb, forefinger and middle finger, is pinched. Wearing a suitable hand orthosis is a good solution to this problem.

A woman in an office wears an Ottobock hand brace while reviewing her work on a piece of paper

Will a hand orthosis help if I have tenosynovitis?

The connective tissue around a tendon is also called a tendon sheath. Inflammation of the tendon sheath (tenosynovitis) leads to swelling of the tendon and tendon sheath. It is most commonly caused by excessive strain. Due to the inflammation, very little space is left between the tendon and the tendon sheath in this case. As a result, the slightly oily synovial fluid, which serves as the nutrient and lubricant in the tendon sheath, is no longer able to adequately reduce friction. When this occurs, it’s particularly important to immobilise and rest the affected area to relieve pain and counteract loss of function in your hand, wrist or forearm.

Depending on your individual needs, a special, ultra-lightweight hand orthosis for everyday use is the ideal alternative to a cast, support or athletic taping. In most cases, you will also be prescribed anti-inflammatory medication, cold therapy or electrotherapy to support your treatment. If you have tenosynovitis, it’s especially important to make sure the affected area is only completely immobilised on a temporary basis, because the tendon and tendon sheath can otherwise stick together.

Volver a la vida cotidiana: en 3 pasos hasta la órtesis de Ottobock

  1. Aquí encontrará un resumen de las órtesis y correajes que pueden ser adecuados para usted. Lleve consigo esta lista la próxima vez que acuda al médico.
  2. Consulte a su médico cuál de las órtesis es la más adecuada para su cuadro clínico. Seguidamente, su médico le extenderá una receta para la órtesis correspondiente.
  3. Acuda con la receta a una ortopedia. Allí recibirá su nueva órtesis después de haberse adaptado con precisión a sus medidas corporales.