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Georgia Journal of Science

Article Title

BRACES/SPLINT DESIGN FOR A RADIAL NERVE INJURY

Abstract

The radial nerve is most vulnerable to injury during surgery or accident. The author has been in search for a durable and effective brace for the left radial nerve damage he got during a surgical procedure approximately three years ago. He has been provided with a brace to stabilize the wrist and hand situation. This product has been ineffective in comfort, weight, cosmetic appearance, durability, ease of care and function. Initially, several design possibilities were considered, but this study examined only two alternative designs and chooses which of the two designs most effectively assist dynamic movement and sensation of the wrist and hand. Different materials and design techniques have been used to provide movement and comfort with different durability and conformability. The two alternative designs have been worn by the author for several weeks, and different hand performances were assessed based on the design criteria given for each case. The one with the thermoplastic material design was found out to fulfill all the preassigned characteristics/factors.

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