Wilmer carrying orthosis

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Wilmer carrying orthosis

Post by admin » Mon May 15, 2006 1:02 pm

Does anybody know where someone can purchase this? The places I have called say you need a prescription, the manufacturer, Becker, does not sell to individuals, just orthopedic offices and hospitals?

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Re: Wilmer carrying orthosis

Post by admin » Tue May 16, 2006 12:59 pm

I am trying to get one for my mother, who has a tbpi with shoulder sublaxation. Spoke to Becker a few days ago and they refered me to some "orthotists" in my areacode. I spoke with those places and they said that with a prescription from a doctor, they could order & fit it. They didn't know the product, but because they order from Becker, they could order it. No one keeps it in stock, you would have to order.

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Re: Wilmer carrying orthosis

Post by lizzyb » Thu May 18, 2006 2:18 pm

Hi...as far as I know, you will have to order one via a Dr as each one has to be adjusted precisely to fit each individual. I'm not sure what the position is over here in the UK regarding the Wilmer orthosis, but I do know that at one time, you could just 'phone the distributor and one of the 'fitters' would come out to your house and adjust one there and then for you.

I'll try and find out more.

Lizzy f

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Re: Wilmer carrying orthosis

Post by jacko » Thu May 18, 2006 5:38 pm

The Wilmer carrying orthosis is a Dutch invention. It used to be available to individuals in the UK through Amboise UK, but I'm not sure if that company still exists.

Try dealing direct with the manufacturers in the Netherlands

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Re: Wilmer carrying orthosis

Post by cbe411 » Fri Dec 05, 2014 11:39 am

Is anyone using this today??


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Re: Wilmer carrying orthosis

Post by stevel » Mon Dec 08, 2014 12:02 pm

I was fitted for one of these during my visit to Mayo clinic. The fitting was done by Brandon Sampson at the Limb Lab LLC. This thing requires a lot of cutting, gluing, and fitting out of the box. It is not something that you can just buy and it fits. Brandon told me to try it and if it didn't work out, send it back. I wore it about three times and sent it back with the following notes:

1. This carrying orthosis does an outstanding job keeping my hemiplegic arm subluxation reduced while standing. The problem is this is about the only situation where the carrying orthosis is useful.

2. It is not possible to use the orthosis under your long sleeve shirt without creating a hole for the elbow strap to pass through the armpit area for supporting the forearm brace.

3. The Wilmer claims no restriction to arm mobility, and that is a problem. You find your forearm swinging about while walking or leaning over etc. While conventional slings do a poor job reducing subluxation, at least they bind the lower arm to your body thus getting it out of the way.

4. The palm down position of the Wilmer causes problems for overcoats etc.

5. The orthosis basically doesn’t work in a seated position since your arm ends up hitting your lap unless you swing it out to the side.

6. The palm down position and outer framework don’t really work with seat belts in a car.

While I am worried about the subluxation of my arm, it doesn’t really cause me any more pain than if the shoulder is put into place. I seem to have the same level of nerve pain whether my arm is resting on a pillow or hanging around my neck. For this reason, the benefit of the Wilmer does not outweigh its shortcomings for me. I understand there are people who suffer extreme pain due to the subluxation, so for them, the Wilmer might be a welcome device.

I have ordered Dan's athletic arm sling...


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Re: Wilmer carrying orthosis

Post by Dakotabloo » Tue Sep 06, 2016 11:56 pm

Hi Steve,
I haven't tried the Wilmer orthosis but it sounds like the Givemoore sling. Not sure of the correct spelling. The sling left my arm hanging & I have a problem w/ swelling & my fingers turning blue when I leave my arm hanging. Please let me know how you make out with Dan's sling. It looks like it would be hot. The top of my hand gets really hot & sweats at times so I'm trying to find a sling that leaves my hand open. It sounds like it could be a good device, so I'll look for your feedback.