Product description

Methodology
When chest trauma happens, the blunt injury caused acute inflammation of the periosteum. The periosteum is a soft tissue membrane on the bone surface and is the muscular attachment site. Even a tiny muscular contracture will generate severe pain by pulling the periosteum.
Besides analgesic drugs, an efficient way to reduce pain is to limit the mobilization of the muscle-periosteum-bone compound.
However, unlike the long bones, it's difficult to apply an immobilization force to thoracic cage. STRETCHEST BAND is the first device to manifest an extension force on the chest wall for immobilization.

Drugs

Combination of analgesic drugs and muscle relaxants. The main therapy nowadays.
Effective when the patient rest and still. But can’t control the pain associated with exertion.

Manual compression

Self-compression of the fracture site with hands to reduce chest wall movement.
Usually not practical for old and weak patients.

Rib Belt

Girdle the chest wall with a band. Afford compressing immobilization with a simple device.
Easy and cheap. But the compressing immobilization restricts the expansion of thorax at inspiration. And the compression may cause further displacement of the broken rib and cause complications. Not recommended by ATLS in elder patients.

Kinesio Tape

Skin traction with an elastic tape to immobilize the broken ribs along with the muscles.
Need special technique to apply adequately.

Chrisofix – Chest orthosis

Use an aluminum scaffold to immobilize the muscle and fracture site.
Difficult to make the scaffold perfectly match the body surface. Once not perfectly matched, the fixation ability would be much limited.

Surgical fixation

Open reduction and internal fixation of the fracture site. It’s the most effective treatment.
Need a big incision and anesthesia. The cost is very high.

STRETCHEST BAND

A novel skin traction device that immobilizes the fracture site by an extension way.
Non-invasive. Physiological design.

How to use

Three steps:
1. Tape the skin
2. Girdle the band
3. Tightening