Wrist and Hand Fractures Get a Break with the Revolutionary Cortex Cast

Tags: Science, Design, Medicine, Casts, Nicholas Morine

Nicholas Morine by Nicholas Morine

After an unfortunate bone-breaking or fracturing incident or accident, too often the next step is to be fitted with a clumsy, restrictive, and damp cast around your entire hand, wrist, foot, or ankle. This can be particularly problematic if the fracture is located in a jointed area or nearby, meaning that not only are you heavily movement restricted. it’s downright uncomfortable.

Good news for extreme athletes, playground dynamos, and couch potatoes who have Wii-mote related injuries -- the next-generation Cortex exoskeletal cast is here. And it rules.

Science fiction made science reality


From Spider-Man to futuristic action movies featuring super-soldiers with exoskeletal armor, the concept of reinforced supports created for external use has been with us for generations now, although progress towards these fictional ideals has been somewhat slow.


Much like Captain Picard’s infamous touchscreen PADD tablet that many indicate as the precursor to today’s iPad and similar Android and Windows mobile devices, the Cortex cast is truly innovative, providing a real life solution to a real life problem with a highly-effective and responsible profile.

As a bonus: it looks a lot more attractive than having a huge chunk of plaster attached to your hand, and you can make jokes about being a top of the line cyborg. Pretend you are a high-powered executive, rockstar, or extreme athlete (if you aren’t one already).

Next generation medical solutions and cutting edge casts signs of health care progress 

The Cortex exoskeletal cast is extremely thin, strong, and produced from recyclable materials, leaving a low carbon footprint. This indicates a forward-thinking company focus on more than simple units sold, a more holistically responsible ethos that will hopefully transfer as broader market pressures.


Due to the fact that the exoskeletal cast is custom-created to each individual’s contextual fracture (an X-Ray and 3D scan provide a dataset for the physician and software to produce a 3D printed Cortex cast), the Cortex cast is also more effective in binding the wound and is more hygienic, allowing much greater air circulation and even being shower-safe. In short, no odour or clammy condensation with this cast.


Transhumanism and the future of medical care and medical advancements in the marketplace


In addition to the more obvious benefits of the Cortex cast, there are also many notable tertiary benefits for society at large. 6600 tonnes of medical wastage are diverted to landfills in the United States every year, and this tonnage is increasing at the rate of 15% per year. While of course not all of this wastage are plaster casts, those things sure are heavy and the materials themselves take a great deal of time to return to the environment, if ever.


Given that a fracture occurs every five seconds (that’s a whole lot of Wii-mote swinging in studio apartments!), that adds up to a great deal of public necessity for improved medical implements. What better way to move into the future of healthcare than by making it green, clean, and most importantly, cool.


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