Use of Myoelectric Limb Orthoses for Elbow Flexion in Patients with Brachial Plexus Injury: A Case Series

Gregory R. Anderson, Taylor R. Beahrs, Michelle F. Kircher, Alexander Y. Shin

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Abstract

Introduction Myoelectric limb orthoses (MLOs) are powered devices that assist with specific motions in patients with neuromuscular deficits or inadequate motor power. MLOs enable patients to self-initiate and control movements using their own muscle signals. While these devices have been used for patients that have sustained neurologic deficits from cerebrovascular accidents, their use in traumatic adult brachial plexus injuries is novel. Materials and Methods This case series presents three patients with traumatic brachial plexus injuries treated with MLOs to improve elbow flexion after inadequate recovery. The MLO was used as both a rehabilitation device and a functional device. Results/Conclusions MLOs demonstrate potential for improving patient clinical outcomes and satisfaction after brachial plexus injuries with incomplete recovery or inadequate function after surgical intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)70-72
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Prosthetics and Orthotics
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Keywords

  • brachial plexus injury
  • KEY INDEXING TERMS
  • myoelectric limb orthoses
  • powered orthotic devices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Rehabilitation

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