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Brachial Plexus - A Quick Guide

The Brachial Plexus is the network of nerves that stem from your neck and supply the entire upper limb and arm. It is a complicated structure that plays a pivotal role in movement, function and the ability to perform bilateral tasks. These injuries are usually caused by traumatic high impact injuries with resulting in devastating damage to the nerves, which causes semi or permanent loss of movement and sensation. Sustaining a Plexus injury is usually a long term condition that can take years to recover with some requiring intricate surgery and lengthily rehabilitation.

Many patients with a Brachial Plexus injury require splints and supports for their upper limb short term, with some having them for the longer term. These can range in size and material depending on the severity of the injured nerves.

Traditionally these splints are unsightly, cumbersome and non-user friendly. Years of experience treating plexus injuries and making/supplying these splints have given me many challenges and recurrent difficulties. Wear and tear over constant usage is also an issue for someone requiring a functional splint that is worn daily. This leads to splints needing replacements and subsequent recurrent therapy appointments.

Whilst working closely with Tom and Dom over the last 7 years, we came across many challenges getting people back on a bike. As we started to identify solutions, we turned our thoughts and creativity onto other issues Brachial Plexus patients deal with. People wanted splints that looked better, were more comfortable and that could be customised to their preferences.

We have refined the use of 3d computer aided design and 3d printing to create splints that can be styled whilst still providing the necessary support. Development hasn't been easy; it's required close collaboration with those who use them and a lot of technical refinement of the manufacturing process.

We're now able to offer a product that, with the assistance of a physiotherapist, can provide the style and function desired by people with a Brachial Plexus injury.

To find out more, please contact us.

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