What is Hand orthosis?

Category: Equipment

Most popular types: PowerGrip Assisted Grasp Orthosis

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A hand orthosis is a device that is used to support or correct musculoskeletal deformities and/or abnormalities of the hand.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Muscle pain 2 1
Muscle cramps 1 0
Muscle spasms 1 0
Support quality of life 1 2

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 1
None 2

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hand orthosis

Side effect Patients

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Hand orthosis

Dosage Patients
1 hr daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Hand orthosis

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 1
See 1 patient who's stopped using Hand orthosis

Duration

Currently using Hand orthosis

Duration Patients
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped using Hand orthosis

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 0
Usually 1
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 0
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1 patient evaluation for Hand orthosis

Jun 2, 2013 (Started Jun 16, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Support quality of life)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: I do not recommend an ALS patient purchasing this device. I have found it to be somewhat cumbersome and overall not very effective for the price. Out-of-pocket cost was $600.

Jun 27, 2011 (Started Jun 16, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Support quality of life)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: A power grip orthosis is a brace that mounts to your forearm and holds your thumb in a fixed position. Your index finger and middle finger are strapped using Velcro into a custom molded framework. By using an electronically activated actuator it enables you to open and close your fingers with the push of a button allowing you to effectively grip anything from a soda can to a fork or spoon and even a writing instrument such as a pen or pencil. It takes a little practice to get used to it but it certainly reestablishes a lot of independents. I am finding it more useful every day. The only drawback so far is that I can only wear it for a short amount of time until my muscles and tendons get used to the new movement and positions. Medicare has absorbed most of the cost and at this time I am not sure what my co-payable be. I am negotiating that with the supplier.

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