Functional Fracture Bracing
Functional bracing is an effective therapeutic modality in the management of selected fractures of the tibia, humerus, and ulna, particularly low-energy injuries. The brace is designed to support fracture instability during healing. In the case of tibial fractures, it is applicable only to reduced transverse fractures and to axially unstable fractures with an acceptable degree of shortening. The rate of union of tibial fractures after functional bracing is approximately 97%. The initial shortening noted with closed tibial fractures rarely increases with weight bearing. Most of the reported residual angular deformities have been functionally and cosmetically acceptable. For isolated ulnar fractures, the nonunion rate is approximately 2%. Functional fracture bracing is predicated on the premise that motion at the fracture site encourages osteogenesis.
Proper use and wear are critical to obtain desired results. Frequent follow-up and adjustment are required. This device does not provide absolute protection against further injury
The objective of fracture orthotics is to apply a device that allows for early graded function and is capable of adjusting to volume changes of the injured extremity. It is usually lightweight, durable, easy to apply and adjustable but requires consistent monitoring of the physician and orthotist. Tibial, Femoral, Humeral, Ulnar and Radial fracture bracing can be provided with a physicians prescription.
Fracture Braces are functional orthoses for the extremities that allow immobilization of the limb without inhibiting functional use. Most fracture braces are pre-fabricated and custom fit or modified for the patient's particular needs.