All you have to do is go online to see how many options there are for thumb braces. Not to mention all the different thumb braces you can pick up at the drugstore. Custom made, ready made, splints for resting your thumb, braces to support your thumb. The list is long! So how do you find the answer to the question – “what type of brace is best for thumb arthritis?”
While it really does depend on which part of your thumb is affected and the severity of your arthritis- in general you should look for a brace that supports or immobilizes the joint(s) that hurt.
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Here are few things your should look for in a thumb brace:
- A hand based brace that supports the base of your thumb is best when you have pain at the CMC joint. The 3pp Design Line Thumb Splint and the CMCcare Thumb Brace are good examples for this type of pain.
- If the pain is mostly at the middle or “MP” joint- look for a brace that supports that joint and the CMC joint. The molded ThumSaver MP provides firm support to stabilize the middle and base of your thumb.
- If the pain is at the end or “IP” joint, a “ring” style splint that supports this joint or helps hold it straight may be all that you need. The Oval-8 Finger Splint holds your thumb straight without without messy tape and makes it easier to use your hands.
Does your thumb hurt only when you are active or does it also hurt at rest?
- If your thumb hurts only during activities, a light support soft or flexible brace may be all you need to support the joints while allowing you to move and use your hand
- If your thumb hurts even when you are not using it, a firm support brace that immobilizes the thumb to allow it to fully rest may be what you need
Will you be using the splint during the day for activities?
- If you will be wearing the brace during activity, look for light weight options that are designed to support while still allowing some motion
- Look for non-bulky materials that let you hold things in your hand so you are not tempted to take it off when you have to do something that requires dexterity
- Look for splints that are adjustable and let you control how much compression and support they provide
It’s always recommended that you consult with your health care provider before beginning any treatment. Depending on your level of pain, often you can start with a light support brace that provides compression around the aching joint(s) to reduce pain and allow you to function.Like what you’ve read? Click here to subscribe to the blog!
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