Splinting in rheumatoid arthritis: I. Factors affecting patient compliance

Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 1982 Feb;63(2):92-4.


Fifty-four patients with rheumatoid arthritis were fitted with either unilateral or bilateral hand and wrist splints. Of 36 patients available for evaluation, 29 (greater than 80%) reported wearing their splints more frequently for activities requiring greater strength than dexterity. Patients also reported pain relief from wearing their splints, but did not report donning them for this purpose. We feel that a vigorous educational effort should be promoted to encourage patients to wear splints for diminution of inflammation and relief of pain as well as for support during heavier activities.

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / complications
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / rehabilitation*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pain Management
  • Patient Compliance*
  • Sex Factors
  • Splints*