1.) Humeral Fractures & Temporary Splints
When someone injures their humerus and sustains a midshaft fracture, for example, then they will benefit from support after the injury has occurred. Usually, people will go into a splint that is applied in the emergency room or doctor’s office. This splint usually consists of a rigid structure that is then wrapped in ace bandages to help apply compression to the area. Swelling usually exists after someone has sustained this kind of injury as well.
2.) What A Sarmiento Brace (Splint) Does For A Patient
When an individual is ready to move from the temporary splint, to a more definitive brace, then a Sarmiento style orthosis is usually applied. A Sarmiento brace (splint) will be applied to the patient after the temporary splint is removed. Usually an orthotist (licensed brace professional) will clean the arm and apply a stockinette to help protect a patient’s skin. – There should be no concern that a Sarmiento brace will cause harm to the patient, but rather that the stockinette is used proactively to help the patient. After the stockinette is on the patient’s arm then the new Sarmiento brace is applied.
A Sarmiento orthosis is usually fabricated into a bivalve design. The two pieces of the brace come together to form a cylinder, in effect, around the fracture site. This cylinder will help to provide compression to the soft tissue around the injury. In this way, the orthosis is helping to promote healing for the patient.
Sarmiento braces will typically:
A.) Help to reduce pain levels for the patient.
B.) Help the patient to feel more secure as the injury is healing.
C.) Help to protect the arm from things that may hit it accidentally.
3.) Where Do You Get A Sarmiento Splint? And, Does My Insurance Cover The Brace?
Licensed brace providers, called orthotists are the best people to provide you with a brace. Why? – Well, they will be there for a follow up visit if you need one (like when your arm swelling reduces). They can also help you to submit a claim to your health insurance provider. This can help to reduce costs for patients, if not eliminate them (for this special brace). These individuals also have studied and trained in the field of orthotics and this revolves around the medical provision of orthopedic braces.
The terms of your health insurance policy are what dictate your coverage levels. When you come in for the brace, you will find that the orthotics company will ask for your ID and health insurance information. In this way, when you allow them, they can act on your behalf to determine coverage levels.