Introducing a New Bracing System
Fall is just around the corner, and we understand not wanting to miss out on everything it has to offer when suffering from a fracture or broken bone. Kayaking, hiking, golf, football, volleyball, swimming, intramural sports, and more are what make fall so fun.
Luckily, there is now a bracing system to use instead of the traditional plaster and fiberglass casts, which make it more difficult to enjoy fall activities. It is called the Exos (pictured to the left).
Exos Bracing System
Exos is the leading upper extremities bracing system. It is different from traditional fiberglass and plaster casts in many ways:
- Easily applied and removed
- Water proof
- Lightweight and low profile
- Antimicrobial and easily cleaned
What Does all This Mean?
For starters, this brace can be removed by the patient and adjusted if need be, if your doctor has given you permission to do so. Need to take a shower or want to go swimming? Exos is waterproof, so if you get caught in the rain or sweat from physical activity, not a problem! Also, If the brace gets dirty, it is easily cleaned with soap and water. Of course, your doctor may advise you to limit these activities and only when unavoidable, remove the brace yourself.
Application and Removal
When at the Mountainstate Orthopedic Associates' office, the brace will be heated to mold specifically for each patient. It is like a shoe with laces. Once on, there is a knob pushed to tighten the laces until snug around the area. It can be removed in the same fashion.
Mountainstate Orthopedic Associates offers this brace in pink, black, and camo for adults and polka dot and camo for children. These braces are easily concealed under clothes and are ideal for children who have a hard with traditional casts.
This brace is not just for children and weekend warriors, but is also ideal to coal miners, oil and gas workers and pharmaceutical production workers who can't do labor with a plaster or fiberglass cast.
The Exos comes in multiple styles:
- Short Arm Fracture
- Short Thumb Spica
- Long Thumb Spica
- Boxer's Fracture
Wearing this type of brace, one is usually able to heal within 4 to 6 weeks. Of course, the type of fracture one has will also dictate this.
Below you will find an Exos demonstration for application and removal.
Mountainstate Orthopedic Associates
Don't let your injury ruin your fall fun. The orthopedic surgeons at MOA can determine what kind of fracture you have, which will then determine what casting option and style are best for you. They have been providing cutting-edge orthopedic care to Morgantown and North Central West Virginia since 1977.
If you have a fracture or broken bone, MOA would love to help you. Schedule an appointment with one of the MOA Morgantown orthopedic surgeons today by calling 304-599-0720.
If you would like to learn more about sprains, strains, fractures and broken bones, visit our website or click the button below:
Thanks for reading!