The Wilmer Elbow Orthosis (also called brace or splint) was developed by the Wilmer Group of Delft University of Technology. This orthosis is intended for people with paralysis of the muscles around the elbow. It’s an extremely lightweight orthosis (it only weighs 160g!) that allows the arm to restore some of its functional abilities.
The Wilmer Elbow Orthosis is truly a high-level engineering achievement. Due to its clever design, it is possible to move and lock the arm without having to use the other arm. During the design-proces a lot of attention has been paid to the user. As a result, the design is optimized for cosmesis and comfort. The orthosis is custom-made so that a perfect fit will give you the best comfort.
A Wilmer Elbow Orthosis is intended for people with reduced control over, or failure of the muscles around the elbow. This, for example, can be seen in case of a Plexus Brachialis lesion. Also after a stroke (CVA), muscle failure may have occurred. The result may be that control over the elbow is impaired. That can have serious consequences. Even the simplest of actions like buttoning your shirt or zipping your pants, carrying a bag or opening a full coke bottle can all of a sudden appear almost impossible. With the Wilmer Elbow Orthosis, some functionality is restored to the paralysed arm.