Archive for March, 2014
What is a warm and form back brace? A “Warm & Form” back support is an orthopedic lower lumbar brace that is molded specifically for an individual. The moldable panels need to be “warmed” so they can be “formed” to the unique anatomy of the person wearing it. A medical professional like an orthotist, physical therapist, or certified brace fitter should do the “warming” and “forming”. This is not a do-it-at-home project. The moldable panel can cause a burn when it is hot.
The advantage of warm & form back braces is that they provide custom support. The disadvantage is that once the insert is molded, it cannot be molded again.
Warm and Form back supports are appropriate for bulging discs, chronic and acute strains, degenerative disc disease, herniated dics, mechanical back pain, spondylolisthesis, backache, back problems, lower back pain, and spondylosis.
Warm and Form back braces consist of an elastic belt to provide compression and a heat-moldable insert for support. The hard panel (insert) is contoured with heat to the lower back for a custom fit. The insert does not stay warm. Once the insert cools, it maintains the shape of the anatomy it was molded to. Hot water or a heat gun can be used for molding the insert. These back braces cannot be returned once the inserts are heated and molded.
Warm and Form back braces are old technology and often are prescribed by physicians who are not aware of the new types of back braces available. A back brace with a pulley system will work just as well in conforming to each patient’s unique anatomy as a warm + form – they are also less expensive. Warm and form back braces require a medical professional to heat the moldable insert to the point where the plastic becomes malleable.
Let me guess…you punched something harder than your hand? Don’t worry, it happens all the time. So often in fact that 5th metacarpal (pinky) fractures are referred to as boxer fractures.
A boxer fracture splint is designed to replace a plaster cast. A hand brace like this is a great treatment option for a broken pinky because it can be adjusted for comfort, and removed for showering. It is easy to put on and take off. A good boxer fracture splint can be ordered in the “intrinsic plus position”. That means the brace is pre-bent to position the fractured digit where it’s supposed to be.
The hand splint pictured above will also provide protection for a broken finger. In case you bang your finger on something the brace will help cushion the blow.