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A new concept of orthosis for correcting fingers ulnar deviation

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Author(s):
Daniela Nakandakari Goia ; Carlos Alberto Fortulan ; Benedito Moraes Purquerio ; Valéria Meirelles Carril Elui
Total Authors: 4
Document type: Journal article
Source: Res. Biomed. Eng.; v. 33, n. 1, p. 50-57, Mar. 2017.
Abstract

Abstract Introduction Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, multisystem disease that involves synovial inflammation, leading to deformities, like finger ulnar deviation, pain and functional difficulties. The conservative treatment comprises orthoses, features added to the body that aims to correct deformity, reduce pain and improve functionality. In the market there are few kinetic/mobile orthosis models for correction of ulnar deviation in the fingers. However, users usually complain about increased palmar volume, presence of pressure points and functional loss, demonstrating the necessity to develop more effective orthoses. In this paper we introduce an innovative concept, of an original and articulate dynamic/kinetics orthosis, which aims to correct this finger deformity and encourage functionality. Methods Methodological procedures were divided into: Need Recognition; Specification Concept; Prototype and Validation. This paper deals with the last two stages of this research. Results A virtual orthosis prototype using CAD Solid Edge Insight™ was proposed. The orthosis developed consisted of 10 pieces, made of metal and resin with carbon fiber. Conclusion After virtual movement simulation, it was verified that the prototype allows for wrist and finger flexion/extension, the possibility of bilateral use, and provids ulnar deviation correction for the fingers. The final product is innovative and is easy to put on/off; volunteers claimed that the new prototype was satisfactory in terms of deformity correction. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 14/50022-3 - Development of new technologies in the treatment of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, "smart" orthosis to correct ulnar deviation of the fingers.
Grantee:Valeria Meirelles Carril Elui
Support type: Research Grants - Research in Public Policies for the National Health Care System (PP-SUS)