A 3D printer may seem like something out of a sci-fi movie, but this cutting-edge technology is becoming increasingly common in the medical world. Most recently, a new use for 3D printing has emerged in the field of orthopedics in the form of 3D printed casts. ActivArmor, a company based in Colorado is at the leading edge of 3D printed casts that are a smart alternative to their traditional plaster or fiberglass counterparts. So what makes an ActivArmor cast different from traditional casts?
ActivArmor waterproof, sanitizable casts allow patients to swim, bathe, shower, sweat, and live their normal active lifestyles while healing. Traditional casts however become soggy (and smelly) once they become wet, which can lead to more trips to the doctor’s office to replace.
No more itching:
Traditional casts come with one major issue that’s hard to scratch…literally. Traditional plaster casts not only make it difficult to access the skin underneath, they create an environment that is moist and warm which equals itching, and a lot of it. ActivArmor is completely different in that it has multiple openings which make it breathable but also accessible to scratch itches & tend to wounds.
Customized fit for each patient:
Doctors are now able to provide their patients with the latest high-tech immobilization option with no additional time or expense by simply writing a prescription for an ActivArmor custom splint. Because the devices are custom designed and fabricated for each patient, physicians have an infinite number of unique design options, including length, cut lines, exposure of bony protrusions or incisions, adaptability for use with complimentary healing technologies such as ultrasound and bone stimulators, TENS units, bio-monitors, EMS, etc. The customization options are endless.
Using ActivArmor at any phase of the healing process can save clinic time because it is reusable, so eliminates the need for cutting off casts and recasting for each follow-up exam, incision check, or x-ray. There is no need for additional office visits and replacement casts due to claustrophobia, skin irritation, or wet casts. This can reduce office time and increase patient throughput and efficiencies as well as save money in casting and splinting supplies and inventory. Even if a traditional cast is required during the initial phase of an acute injury, ActivArmor can be used in later healing phases to give the patient the freedom to ease back into normal activities after injury.
ActivArmor 3D printed casts offer a wealth of benefits for clinicians and patients alike, are reusable and accepted by most insurance companies. As modern advances in technology come and go in the medical supply world, ActivArmor is one that we know will stand the test of time.
To learn more about this cutting edge product, or for pricing, contact us today!