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Saebo's Functional Dynamic Orthoses FAQs

Q: What is the SaeboFlex and SaeboReach?
A: The SaeboFlex is dynamic custom fabricated wrist, hand, finger orthosis that allows stroke survivors the ability to incorporate the involved hand functionally in therapy and at home by supporting the weakened wrist, hand, and fingers. The brace attaches to the stroke survivors forearm, hand and fingers. The device has no motor or electrical parts.

The SaeboReach is a dynamic custom fabricated elbow, wrist, hand, finger orthosis. The SaeboReach consists of a combination of the SaeboFlex and a custom fabricated above elbow component. The orthosis features an elbow extension system. The elbow extension system provides assistance in straightening the arm so functional reaching is possible. The SaeboReach was specifically designed for individuals that have limited hand and elbow function.

Q: How do I know if I need a SaeboFlex or a SaeboReach?
A: If you have limited or no use of your hand but your elbow is not affected then the SaeboFlex may be appropriate for you. However, if you have limited or no use of your hand AND you also have elbow limitations (weakness, increased tone etc...) that are impacting your functional independence then the SaeboReach may be appropriate for you.

Q: Can any therapist instruct me in how to obtain and use the SaeboFlex or SaeboReach?
A: No. Saebo equipment, especially the SaeboFlex/SaeboReach orthoses, are specialized patented devices. Occupational and physical therapists attend specific education classes offered by Saebo, Inc. to become trained in the orthoses.

Q: How do I find a Saebo trained therapist in my area?
A: Placed at the bottom of this website is a locator where you can enter your city, state, or zip code. By entering this information and clicking "Go", a list of Saebo trained therapists in your surrounding area will be generated. Feel free to contact them to set up an evaluation to determine if you are a candidate for our orthoses. If you would rather contact us to find the nearest trained clinician, please call 888-284-5433 to speak with a representative who can provide you with the contact information.

Q: I had my stroke 10 years ago. Is it too late for me to start using the SaeboFlex or SaeboReach?
A: Absolutely not! When it comes to your health, recovery and physical abilities, it is never too late to try. People up to 20 years post neurological injury can benefit from the orthoses. In addition, the ability to use the hand in therapy or at home has been reported as extremely motivating during the recovery process.

Q: How can I find out if I am a good candidate to use the SaeboFlex or SaeboReach?
A: There are several ways to find out if you are a candidate. One way is to call 888-284-5433 and speak with one of our trained therapists about your current arm/hand function. Another way to find out if you are a good candidate is to meet with a Saebo trained therapist. Saebo Instructors train therapists throughout the country. When a training session for therapists is going on in your area, it may be possible for you to be screened to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for the device. If a training session is not going on in your area, you may still search for a Saebo trained clinician by using the zip code locator on this website. Enter your city, state, or zip code into the locator at the bottom of this page or call Saebo, Inc. toll free at 888-284-5433. As therapists are trained, their information is posted on our website.

Q: Is there a way I can try the SaeboFlex or SaeboReach for free?
A: Yes. Saebo, Inc. instructors travel to cities across the country to train therapists. At each course, the instructors arrange to have three to four stroke survivors demonstrate the use of the Saebo orthoses to the class. This gives the therapists a chance to see how they work in a real situtation, and also gives the patient a chance to see if it is appropriate for them. If you are a stroke survivor and would like to demonstrate the SaeboFlex and SaeboReach at one of our courses throughout the country, please call us at 888-284-5433 or email us at sales@saebo.com

Q: What is the return policy for the SaeboFlex and SaeboReach?
A: The SaeboFlex and the SaeboReach are custom-fabricated orthoses. Once an order is placed for these custom-fabricated products, the order cannot be cancelled or returned for any reason.


SaeboStretch FAQs

Q: What is the SaeboStretch?
A: The SaeboStretch is a revolutionary new award winning dynamic hand splint for individuals suffering from neurological injuries such as stroke. The splint helps to prevent joint damage while improving and maintaining range of motion.

Q: How is the SaeboStretch different from current splints?
A: Protects your Joints:

  • Traditional splints are made from hard/rigid material that do not allow for any movement of the fingers. The SaeboStretch has a unique dynamic hand piece that allows the fingers to move through flexion due to increased tone. The same stretch technology safely repositions the fingers into extension. The SaeboStretch includes three different hand pieces that offer various grades of resistance so you can further match your patients specific needs.

Positions the Hand:

  • The SaeboStretch provides maximum positioning utilizing the following:
  • Proprietary new strapping system that utilizes key anatomical points of control to maximize control and insure an intimate fit.
  • Malleable wrist and thumb mount allows the therapist to further customize the fit.
  • New non-slip strap material and design helps facilitate keeping the fingers in the desired position.
  • Breeth-O-Preen covering that allows moisture to wick away enhancing skin integrity and hygine
  • Palmer arch padding to help maintain the integrity of the palmer arch

Q: How can I order the SaeboStretch?
A: If you would like to order the SaeboStretch, please have your therapist or orthotist contact us for order information. A licensed occupational/physical therapist or a certified orthotist must fit you with the SaeboStretch. Please feel free to contact us if you are not aware of any clinicians in your area.

Q: How much does the SaeboStretch cost and is it covered by insurance?
A: The retail price of the SaeboStretch is $349.00. Most insurance companies including Medicare typically reimburse for the SaeboStretch. If you have Medicare and would like to get the SaeboStretch covered, please have your therapist or orthotist contact us for billing information.

If you do not have Medicare and would like to purchase the SaeboStretch directly, please call AMI, Inc at 800-524-6890.


SaeboMAS FAQs

Q: What is the SaeboMAS?
A: The SaeboMAS is a zero-gravity dynamic mobile arm support system specifically designed to assist, as well as challenge, the involved shoulder and elbow during functional tasks. This device is primarily used for neurological and orthopedic patients that exhibit shoulder and elbow weakness.

Q: How does the SaeboMAS work?
A: The device assists the patients arm during tasks through an adjustable spring system. The spring system allows the arm to be facilitated throughout all planes of movement. Tension adjustments can be made so the patient can effectively incorporate the arm during functional activities. As the patient improves proximal strength, the spring support decreases to further challenge him or her at the appropriate level.

Q: Can the SaeboMAS be used in the home environment?
A: Yes. Although many hospitals and clinics use the SaeboMAS for patient care, the device was also designed for home use. The SaeboMAS includes a portable table mount that can be secured to most commonly used tables. Using the this device at home can help many individuals with maximizing their self-care needs while improving their quality of life.