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Children Wilmer Elbow Orthosis

Children Wilmer Elbow Orthosis

For children with paralysis of the muscles around the elbow

Super light orthosis that helps the arm to stretch or bend

The Children Wilmer Elbow Orthosis (also called brace of splint) is the children version (als the name says) of the Wilmer Elbow Orthosis for adults. The Children Wilmer Elbow Orthosis (Abbreviated CWEO) s a super light and super slim orthosis intended for children who have too little power in the elbow bow muscles (m. biceps brachii) or just in the stretching muscles (m. triceps brachii).
Due to a clever spring construction, the orthosis helps to bend the arm (or stretch correctly, depending on the chosen version). The spring is adjustable so that you can find the right amount of support.

The children’s Wilmer Elbow orthosis is characterized by:

  • Ultra light weight (< 60 g)
  • Thin tube of stainless steel, so very robuste
  • Custom-made and therefore perfect fit
  • Built unilateral
    • Can be ordered in left or right version
    • Usually worn on the outside of the arm
    • Can also be worn on the inside of the arm
    • In that case, a left orthosis is made for the right arm and vice versa
  • Self-adjusting pelottes for perfect transfer of pressure on the skin
  • No Velcro strap needed
  • Flexion version: supports bending of the arm
  • Extension version: supports stretching of the arm
  • Spring force adjustable over a wide range


Children Wilmer Elbow Orhosis

Erbse Parese

The Children Wilmer Elbow Orthosis is intended for children who have a disbalance between the elbow bend muscles and elbows stretch muscles. Sometimes the stretch muscles are not strong enough, sometimes the bend muscles.

This may occur due to, for example, an obstetric brachial plexus lesion , also called Erb’s palsy. In addition, during birth, the shoulder of the child gets stuck so bad that the important nerve knot of the arm muscles (the Brachial plexus) in the shoulder region is damaged.

In most cases, completely spontaneous recovery occurs. However, the longer it takes before the child returns function in his arm, the greater the chance that the damage will (partly) be permanent. If neurological reconstruction is not possible or insufficient, there is permanent injury.

The CWEO can then help to increase the functional possibilities of the arm. This is important because the child develops more symmetrical motor skills and can help to reduce later complaints such as deformation.

An Erbse paresis is a complex disorder with very many different factors. The treatment usually happens in a team. You can request more information from the patient association.

Children Wilmer Elbow Orthosis (CWEO)

Order codes CWEO for the professional

250001 | KWEO elbow orthosis | left
250002 | KWEO elbow orthosis | right


How do I get a Children Wilmer Elbow Orthosis?

The Children Wilmer Elbow Orthosis is custom-made. For optimal operation and good comfort it is important that the orthosis fits well. After all, the child needs the orthosis every day throughout the day. Therefore, the CWEO is measured and fitted by professionals (orthopedic advisors).

The CWEO is prescribed by your child’s treating physician. In most cases, this will be the rehabilitation therapist. In many cases, approval must be sought from your insurer. Besides, all insurers in the Netherlands pay the KWEO if there is a correct indication of the situation.

Do you want non-binding advise from one of our clinical experts about the possibilities of the Children Wilmer Elbow Orthosis in your child’s situation, or do you want to know which professionals in your area have experience with this orthosis? Feel free to contact us. We are happy to assist you.

How does the Children Wilmer Elbow Orthosis work?

The elbow orthosis has a spring mechanism that helps to move your arm. Depending on the design, this spring is set to stretch, to help to stretch the arm, or set to bend and helps to bend the arm.

The spring is adjustable over a wide range so that you can precisely look for the right amount of support. If we make the spring too strong, the muscles must work harder on the other side to move against the tension of the spring. These muscles are extra trained, but these are the muscles that are already functioning properly. It is not desirable to make it even stronger and to make the difference between the bending and stretching muscles even bigger.

If we make the spring tension too low, there is insufficient effect of the orthosis and does not contribute to increasing the functional possibilities of the arm.

The search for the correct adjustment is a process, and therefore your child may have to return to the Orthopedic Therapist several times.

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