Arthritis and splinting

Splints are used to help maintain the hand and wrist in a good position as well as supporting weaker, painful or swollen joints.

 

Working splint
Used day to day to maintain your joints in an effective position when doing a task, making them feel stronger and improving grip strength.

You should wear your working splint:

  • during activities that cause you pain
  • when your wrist or thumb is swollen
  • when your wrist or thumb feels weak
  • when you’re experiencing more discomfort than usual

We don’t recommend that you wear your splints continuously during the day, as this can cause the muscles that support your joints to weaken.

Don’t wear your working splint overnight unless you’ve been told to by your therapist or nurse. Your joints may become stiff.

It is important to be aware that there is mixed clinical evidence around working splints and their overall effectiveness, however, they are worn by many day to day who report the benefits of using them. Click here to view our wrist splint.

 

Resting splint
Used at night time and are custom made by a hand therapist. They help to reduce morning joint stiffness, swelling and supports the joints, particularly the wrist in a good position.

A resting splint can only be prescribed by a hand therapist, talk to your GP if you feel a referral would be beneficial.

 

References
https://www.versusarthritis.org/media/1331/splints-for-arthritis-information-booklet.pdf
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6330686/
https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD004018/full

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