Between the years 1986–2001, 135 patients who have had traumatic radial nerve injury, were supplied with dynamic wristhand orthoses (WHOs). The aim of this study is to examine the applied splints, considering aspects such as apperance, practicality of use, function, comfort and endurance.
The author's assessments show that the biggest problem was due to the unaesthetic appearance of the finger extensor spring of the splints. For this reason, modification of these finger extensor outriggers has been attempted. Also, aspects of the splints such as the problems faced and regeneration of the nerve, have been considered and modifications made in order to eliminate any disfunction.
This study reflects the reactions and satisfaction of 83 patients concerning the splints they have used. Conventional wire springs have been used in the splints of 71 patients, and 12 had modifications done on their outriggers. In terms of appearance, there were significant differences between modified outriggers and conventional outrigger (p<0.05). Also, when the modified outriggers were compared in terms of appearance and durability, there was a statistically significant opinion in favour of them (p<0.01).