Department| Volume 19, ISSUE 4, P446-447, October 2006

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A Multi-center Study Comparing Two Styles of Orthoses for Individuals with Thumb Carpometacarpal Osteoarthritis

      Purpose of the Study: Osteoarthritis of the thumb carpometacarpal joint is a common problem causing impaired hand function. Orthoses provide external support to relieve pain, improve joint alignment, prevent further joint damage, and ultimately enable activities of daily living. However, there is no consensus by therapists providing orthoses for clients with thumb carpometacarpal osteoarthritis as to how many joints should be included in the orthosis. The purpose of this study was to compare the efficacy of two hand-based thermoplastic orthoses designed to relieve pain and stabilize the thumb carpometacarpal joint to enable individuals with thumb carpometacarpal osteoarthritis, with less than 20° of metacarpophalangeal joint hyperextension, to engage in activities of daily living.
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