Elbow ROM Orthosis
After an injury or surgery to the elbow, an Orthosis can be provided to limit the range of motion of the joint. Often, a reduced range is appropriate to allow the bones or tissues to heal before the stresses of activity are once again borne by the joint structure. For simple fractures and relatively stable joint alignment, prefabricated bracing may be an option.
Custom elbow range-of-motion Orthoses can be designed from rigid thermoplastics to provide more robust support in cases of greater instability. In this case, an Orthosis consisting of custom-molded plastic shells, Velcro straps, and a hinge which can be set to allow or disallow certain ranges of motion can be provided. The range of motion will be set by the Orthotist according to the Surgeon’s specifications and will not need to be adjusted by the patient.
This type of orthosis is appropriate for:
- Dislocation of the radial head
- Fracture of the radial head
- Fracture of the olecranon
- Dislocation of the elbow
- Serious or severe soft tissue trauma, such as a muscle tendon rupture
- Post-surgical repair of the above
Under certain circumstances, the cost or a portion of the cost of this device may be covered for residents of Alberta by government funding.
Tennis Elbow / Golf Elbow
Flexor epicondylitis and Extensor epicondylitis of the forearm (known as golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow, respectively) are descriptions of an inflammation at the bony attachment point of the flexor or extensor muscles at the elbow. By redirecting the forces at this attachment point, tendonitis pain may be greatly reduced. This is accomplished by placing pressure on the muscle bellies a short distance away from their origins or attachments.
This Orthosis consists of an air cushion or a pad of foam or Gel to place pressure on the muscle, along with a strap to maintain placement.
There is no government coverage for Albertans for this device. Patients should contact their private health insurer to determine whether there is coverage for this item.