A Study to Investigate the Available Range of Movement in Two Makes of Commercial Wrist Orthoses

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This study compared the degree of wrist movement available in two commercial wrist orthoses of the same design but constructed of different fabrics. Twenty participants with normal wrist movement had their right dominant wrist range of flexion and extension measured using an isokinetic dynamometer. The results showed that neither orthosis immobilised the wrist. The mean total range of movement in the neoprene orthosis (73.55˚) was significantly greater (p<0.001) than that in the elastic orthosis (53.30˚). The elastic orthosis provided a greater degree of restriction of movement and more consistent control than the neoprene orthosis. Neither orthosis should be used where immobilisation is the treatment aim.

Document Type: Regular Paper

Publication date: October 1, 2004

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at http://www.cot.co.uk/british-journal-bjot/british-journal-occupational-therapy

    Submissions can be made at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bjot

    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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