Arthritis of the Hand Arthritis of the Hand

Arthritis Resources

 

If you have arthritis it is very important for you to look after your joints, to avoid sprains and further injury, through applying joint protection, and to maintain range of motion and strength though daily exercises

 

Here are a few useful links:

Arthritis New Zealand

 

Arthritis Research UK - Looking after your joints

 

Arthritis Research UK has a lot of useful information about Arthritis in general and it is worthwhile visiting their website.

 

Another important aspect of managing Arthritis is to pace yourself and manage your time well.

 

Here is an e-book about time managment you might find helpful:

 

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Soft Thumb Supports

I am a big fan of the soft thumb supports. They are so versitile and I use them for a a lot of my patients.

 

They are great for the spastic hands to help reduce tone of the thumb. By helping relax the thumb, the tone of the whole hand tends to reduce. It is also a great proprioceptive stimulation to increase awareness of the hand and its' position.

 

I also use them for the CMC1 arthritic thumbs. Patients love the non-intrusive support which enables them to still fully use their hands.

 

I mainly use Fabrifoam to make these as it is a comfortable, breathable material. At times, when a more sturdy, longer lasting material is needed, Neoprene is a good option.