You have been fit with a wrist hand orthosis (WHO) as part of your treatment. Unless otherwise instructed, please use a gradual break in schedule to allow your body to get used to the device. Start with two to three hours on your first day. Increase an hour per day as tolerated. 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 and do not reapply orthosis. Failure to do so could lead to blisters or open sores. Do not attempt to modify your orthosis. This orthosis is designed to assist or limit the motion of your wrist. Some orthoses are for day use, others for use during sleeping. You should wear this as instructed by your doctor. 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 rinsed, and air dried. Make certain all soap residue is removed and the orthosis is completely dry before re-applying. A hair dryer set on cool can be used to help dry the orthosis.
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. A yearly check up is recommended.