In every rehabilitation center, patients are seen who have a paralysis or weakness of muscles, loss of coordination, and/or loss of range of motion. The ideal is to bring every patient back to as near normal as possible through the use of the various disciplines available, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and all of the different modalities that are used in these departments. We know that in spite of the best of medical treatment and full use of all the disciplines and modalities that are now available to us there will be a certain number of disabled patients who cannot be returned completely to their original status. Mechanical self-help devices must be developed in order to make these patients as self-sufficient as possible.
There has been in the public mind, and in the minds of patients themselves, the feeling that splints, braces, and mechanical devices are not socially acceptable.