The Phoenix Elbow Hinge package includes: ball-bearing joint aluminum hinge; four thumb nuts with extra 1/2" screws; hex wrench and two stops.

Additional supplies needed but not included are: thermoplastic; strap materials.

1. Fabricate a thermoplastic HUMERAL CUFF and the forearm splint appropriate to the patient's splinting goals. A FOREARM CUFF is adequate if elbow flexlon/extension are to be controlled. For example, the hinged splint might be used to limit active flexlon and extension following ulnar nerve transposition.



2. An ULNAR GUTTER or VOLAR WRIST splint design must be used if the goal is to limit forearm rotation. For example, the hinged splint might be used to maintain a position of supination following surgery at the distal radio-ulnar joint.


3. Mark the location of the hinge at the mid lateral aspect of the arm. The axis of the hinge is centered at the elbow and (when possible) the location is tested by gently flexing and extending the arm. Punch or drill holes in the thermoplastic and attach the hinge with the thumb nuts.


4. Adjust the stops using the hex wrench to limit the elbow to the desired ranged of motion. One or both stops may be removed for full flexion and/or extension.


5. For larger patients or for those involved in heavy activities, two hinges may be used.