Attaching a STEP to any xiphoid-height-anterior spinal orthosis extends its upper limit to just inferior to the sternal-notch level.
The STEP’s height adjustability is achieved by sliding bars and spaced holes. Pectoral pressure is increased or decreased by bending aluminum (STEP-I) or resetting the hinge (STEP-II).
The “sternal plate,” so named because of its appearance, is a misnomer. It should not apply pressure to the sternum. The right and left ends, the pectoral plates, alone should apply the extensive force.
Shoulder straps are attached by quick-release buckles and are adjustable in length.
The STEP is an integral part of certain Blue Diamond Orthopedic TLSOs. Or it may be retro-fitted to other spinal braces. If purchased separately, it will include a hole-drill-template label and installation instructions. Either way, a hex key for the adjustment screws is included.
- Molded Kydex sternal plate
- Contacts only pectoral muscles
- Eliminates sternal pressure
- Height Range:
- STEP-I: 12 5/8” – 22 5/8”
- STEP-II: 16 1/8” – 22 3/8”
- Adjustable Shoulder Straps Range:
- 5” to 11.5”
- Includes allen wrench for adjustment
- STEP I
- Greater height range (see Specifications on left)
- Fitter may need to bend metal if angle needs to be reset
- STEP II
- Adjustable joint for precise angle setting
- No metal bending needed