Orthoses for diseased joints are prescribed by the doctor
With orthoses, almost any part of the body can be immobilized, stabilized or relieved if there is a corresponding illness. In contrast to bandages, which are available in pharmacies or in retail stores without a prescription, orthoses must be prescribed by the doctor. They are made of a solid material and often have other band parts such as plastic or metal rails, reins, stirrups, rods and adjustable joints.
Rest, stabilize, or slowly mobilize the joint affected by orthoses Almost every adult has ever needed a bandage, for example if the wrist hurts. Many recreational athletes also use them regularly. Usually bandages consist of a combination of textiles and elastic inserts. Your close relatives, the orthoses, are even more versatile.
An orthosis is an orthopedic aid that can stabilize, relieve or calm down almost any part of the body in the event of a corresponding illness or injury. In addition, orthoses can be used for external guidance or correction of the limbs or trunk as well as for slow mobilization after immobilization. Frequent areas of application include injuries such as strains, sprains, torn ligaments, low back pain and distortion of the cervical spine.
In the area of the trunk, a distinction is made between active and passive trunk orthoses. While the active trunk orthoses support the active correction of incorrect statics of the spine, for example in the case of scoliosis, passive trunk orthoses or support corsets are primarily used for relief, support and bedding in an unstable spine or in pain patients. A problem that can occur with passive support corsets is the weakening of the back muscles, which occurs due to the protection and can cause addiction. Other trunk orthoses are used to straighten and extend the spine. In addition, orthoses are often used for temporary immobilization in the case of diseases and injuries to the hand, finger, ankle and knee joints.
Most orthoses are made of a solid material that keeps its shape even when moving, as well as adjustable joints, reins, stirrups and rods, as reported by the manufacturer association for medical compression therapy and orthopedic aids Eurocom in Düren. In contrast to bandages, orthoses have to be prescribed by a doctor. (ag)