A fracture orthosis is designed to provide equal circumferential compression to stabilize and promote healing of a fracture. Depending on the location and type of fracture, the orthosis may require a hinge to restrict range of motion of the joint(s). The strap openings offer adjustability to allow changes as the extremity swelling subsides. A fracture brace also allows the opportunity to monitor the condition of the skin which is especially critical during the first several weeks of use. The type of orthosis prescribed depends on the location and type of fracture.
A thin ethylene plastic is typically used for humeral, radial/ulnar and hand fracture orthoses. The straps are adjusted as the reduction of edema occurs to ensure hydrostatic pressure on the fracture site. Click here to view pdf
A Spinal fracture orthosis for the upper and lower back is referred to as a TLSO (Thoraco Lumbar Sacral Orthosis). TLSO braces are designed to restrict motion of the trunk to promote healing of spinal fractures. Spinal braces are fabricated from a thin rigid plastic that covers the upper trunk to the pelvis.Click here to view pdf
Fractures of the neck require use of a rigid collar or cervico thoracic orthosis CTO for immobilization of the cervical spine. Click here to view pdf
Orthoses are used to treat fractures of the lower extremity by stabilizing the leg during the early stages of weight bearing and ambulation. A thermoplastic base with overlapping shells provide pressure distribution for total contact support. Femoral fracture orthoses will have adjustable hinges to restrict ROM where a tibial fracture brace will utilize the patellar tendon for bearing principles for support. Short and tall walker boots are often times utilized for mild fractures of the foot as the rocker bottom feature aids with ambulation while maintaining immobilization for proper healing. Click here to view pdf