2518 / 10" ELASTIC ABDOMINAL BINDER
The OTC 2518 lightweight elastic binder has a variety of applications. Its most common use is as an abdominal binder for post-surgical dressings. It is effective in supporting abdominal contents when there has been a loss of muscle tone. It can also be used as a rib belt to prevent painful expansion of the chest in the case of rib fracture.
Indications Listed Below
• Can be used as a post-operative support or as a rib belt
• Durable 10" wraparound elastic helps support weakened abdominal muscles
• Hook and loop fastening allows easy application and comfortable adjustment
• Flexible stays prevent rolling
• Can be worn by men and women
• Inconspicuous under clothing
• Latex free
Durable 10" wraparound elastic helps support weakened abdominal muscles. Lightweight and comfortable.
Hook and pile fastening allows for quick and easy adjustment.
How to Measure for and Apply the ABDOMINAL Binder
|SIZE||MEASURE AROUND THE FULLEST PART OF THE ABDOMEN|
|SMALL||29" - 32" (73.6 - 81.3 CM)|
|MEDIUM||33" - 36" (83.8 - 91.4 CM)|
|LARGE||37" - 40" (93.9 - 101.6 CM)|
|X-LARGE||41" - 44" (104.1 - 111.8 CM)|
|2X-LARGE||45" - 48" (114.3 - 121.9 CM)|
|3X-LARGE||48" - 60" (121.9 - 152.4 CM)|
A. Measure around the fullest part of the abdomen.
1. Apply in a standing position.
2. Position binder over abdominal area.
3. Pull the elastic side until snug, then overlap the hook fastener on top of it.
4. Readjust for comfort.
Review the accompanying chart to determine the product that best suits your needs. On the left, you will find a variety of injuries that OTC products are specifically designed to treat and prevent. On the top, you will find the product numbers of all OTC Rib and Abdomen Products. If a red box is present where the column and row intersect, your injury or condition is treated/prevented by the associated product.
|Hernia - Umbilical|
|Hernia - Scrotal|
|Hernia - Inguinal|
|Intercostal (Rib) Strain|
|Loss of Muscle Tone|
Common Conditions of the Abdomen
Cycle through the slides below to familiarize yourself with several common conditions associated with the ribs and abdomen. The conditions described below may not be treated by the specific product listed on this page. Please view the above Medical Applications Chart to determine what conditions this page's associated product treats.
Abdominal Strain & Weakness
There are four muscles that combine to form the abdominal wall. They can be tensed to break the force of a blow and thus protect the abdominal organs. Individually these muscles are not particularly strong – each able to lift about only 20 pounds – but because of their structural layout, with their fibers running in four different directions, as a group they are very strong, able to lift about 150 pounds of weight. Abdominal strain refers to any tear, stretch or rupture of these muscles, usually caused by sudden twisting or fast movement, lifting heavy objects, or even laughing, coughing or sneezing. Abdominal strain can be treated with hot or cold therapy, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and an abdominal binder, along with rest and exercise as directed by the physician.
A hernia is a protrusion of an abdominal organ through a natural body opening, which are the umbilicus or navel; the inguinal rings (right and left), located immediately above the groin; and the femoral rings, located in the upper thigh area of each leg. Causes of hernia can include chronic and/or violent coughing, traumatic injuries to the outside of the abdomen, excessive strain on lifting orany strenuous muscular activity that is not premeditated. Pregnancy can also be a cause. While the treatment of choice for a hernia is surgical repair, there are patients for whom surgery is contra-indicated. In these cases a well-fitted hernia support or truss becomes the accepted means of treatment.
Rib Fracture or Contusion
The chief injuries to the ribs are contusions, fractures and dislocations. Contusions and fractures can be caused by direct or indirect violence. An example of direct violence would be a crushing injury, a blow or a fall. Indirect violence is produced by muscular action, and can be the result of excessive coughing or sneezing. One or more ribs can be fractured and multiple fractures can occur in a single rib. A piece of rib at the fracture site can be as sharp as a knife and produce any of the complications of an actual penetrating wound to the chest. Symptoms of rib fractures or contusions are pain the chest, difficulty in taking a deep breath and tenderness upon palpation. A rib fracture support – or rib belt – supplies compression to the rib cage. The conditions where a rib belt is of value are those where deep breathing, laughing, coughing or abdominal straining causes pain in the chest.
The Anatomy of the Abdomen
The abdomen constitutes the part of the body between the chest and pelvis. View the illustration, in accompaniment with the list below, to explore the anatomy of the abdomen.
A. Serratus Anterior
B. Linea Alba
C. Rectus Abdominus
E. External Oblique
F. Intercostal Space
G. False Ribs
H. Floating Rib