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External Breast Prosthesis (Orthotics)
This study examined the effects of an external prosthesis on the reduction of load and discomfort/ pain through the chest of participants with augmented breasts. Women with augmented breasts are at risk of complications such as silent rupture, which can occur as a result of the pressure associated with lying in the prone position, for example when in session with a musculoskeletal therapist.
An external prosthesis, of correct size and firmness for each individual participant, showed an overall reduction in the load placed on the breast implants, which in turn reduces the risk of ruptures and other complications. The prosthesis was also shown to reduce pain and discomfort in women undertaking therapeutic or leisure activities in the prone position. Paper in publication.