14 / 06 / 2016
The brachial plexus nerves connect the spine to the upper limb and control movement and sensation in the arm and hand.
Depending on the severity of the injury, people can lose the use of their shoulder, elbow, hand or even their entire arm from the shoulder down.
These injuries tend to affect younger, more active people. It’s a life-changing injury which means they may have to wear splints and supports for the rest of their life. These splints are usually made of cloth and fastened with Velcro – but they are not particularly attractive and hard for the patient to do up themselves.
Specialists at Morriston Hospital and a leading innovation centre in Cardiff have teamed up with patients to create and test 3D-printed splints to protect and support the hands of people with brachial plexus injuries.