Humeral Fracture Orthopedic Braces – Sarmiento Style
1.) Description: A humeral fracture brace is provided to a patient to help provide support to their arm. Without something supporting a person’s humerus after a fracture the pain will most likely escalate on a day to day basis. In addition, there is less of a chance that the fracture will heal properly.
2.) Prior to Getting a Humeral Fracture Brace
Usually, a patient will have on a splint, if they have seen their doctor first. This splint is placed on over the injured humerus to help stabilize a fracture in the emergency room, for example. The fracture may be reduced by a physician in the emergency room and this splint will hold the patient until they see a licensed orthotist for their Sarmiento brace. Usually, some swelling may reduce from the time a patient sees their doctor until the time they see the licensed orthotist. – (This is an example and not every situation follows this blue print. Some people may go straight into a humeral fracture brace, for example.)
3.) What Does A Sarmiento Style, Humeral Fracture Brace Really Do?
This kind of orthosis (brace / external support) helps to provide compression to the soft tissue around the humeral fracture. In this way, the brace helps to promote healing and it will help the patient to feel more secure as well. – Often times this brace looks like a “clam shell”, made from plastic and padding that forms a cylinder around the humerus. Depending on where the fracture is in the humerus, there may be a shoulder cuff placed on the orthosis that will help to provide more support. Hinges at the elbow can be incorporated as well if the fracture is very close to the elbow.
In addition, a sling or “collar and cuff” can be used in conjunction with this orthosis. Why? – The forearm in most cases will be left alone and a sling or “collar and cuff” will help to secure the forearm to the body. Patients usually feel more secure when they: A.) Have the brace on, and B.) have their arm and forearm close to their body.
4.) Where to Get A Humeral Fracture Brace
It is best to get this kind of a brace from a licensed orthotist in your area. If you would like for this type of orthopedic brace to be billed to your health insurance it is important to bring your insurance card and ID with you to the brace company. A prescription will be needed as well from your physician to have the orthosis billed to your insurance. Many times the orthotics and prosthetics company (brace provider in this scenario) can facilitate a claim on your behalf. Full coverage does not happen every time, but many times at least a large portion of the brace may be covered.
Note:This is health information, not medical advice. Sometimes different versions of a humeral fracture braces may be used, for example. This article is meant to give you some background information on common humeral fracture brace procedures and not all brace providers approach these braces the exact same way for each patient.