Humeral Fracture Orthoses

Humeral Fracture Brace

You have been fit with a humeral fracture brace as part of your treatment. To don the orthosis, wrap the brace around the affected arm so the two straps are at the front. Make sure the orthosis is up as high as it can under the arm then tighten the straps. Wrap the chest strap around the chest and under the opposite arm and secure that strap. Use one of the two socks provided to act as an interface between the skin and the brace. Following use, remove your orthosis and inspect your skin. There may be some skin redness from pressure areas. Redness should not persist for more than 15 minutes after removal. Persistent redness can be a sign of excess pressure. If you experience numbness, tingling, color change, excessive itching, swelling or if pain develops, contact our office for adjustments. Failure to do so could lead to blisters or open sores. Do not attempt to modify your orthosis.

This orthosis is designed to support the fracture site. The length of the orthosis will limit your elbow flexion. You should wear this as instructed by your doctor. Removal of the orthosis should only be done with your doctor’s approval. Unless otherwise instructed wear your orthosis day and night but remove to clean the arm and the orthosis. Your orthosis can be cleaned with a wash cloth and mild soapy water. Saddle soap can be used for any leather portions. If your orthosis has a removable liner it can be hand washed with a mild detergent, thoroughly and air dried.  Make certain all soap residue is removed and the orthosis is completely dry before re-applying. You may use a hair dryer set on cool to help with the drying process. Make certain the orthosis is reapplied properly, with all straps secured snugly.

Make sure you are comfortable with how to properly put on and take off your orthosis.

Please inspect your orthosis daily for any signs of wear including cracking, loose parts, or decreased effectiveness of the orthosis and call our office as needed. Ensure you follow your doctor’s instructions for wear and usage.