Use of commercially produced elastic wrist orthoses in chronic arthritis: a controlled study

Arthritis Care Res. 1995 Jun;8(2):108-13. doi: 10.1002/art.1790080209.


Objective: To examine the efficacy of wrist orthoses on pain, motion, and function of the wrist.

Methods: Consecutive patients were randomized to a treatment group using wrist orthoses or to a control group using no wrist orthoses, in a prospective, controlled, 6-month study.

Results: Changes in wrist joint variables and general disease activity variables were not statistically different between the orthosis group (n = 36) and the control group (n = 33). Patients in the orthosis group had 25% and 12% improvements in grip strength and pinch grip and 50% reduction in pain while using the wrist orthosis.

Conclusion: Use of wrist orthoses improves function and reduces pain, but has no effects after 6 months, compared to a control group, on measures of local or general disease activity.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Arthritis / physiopathology
  • Arthritis / rehabilitation*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Orthotic Devices*
  • Pain / etiology
  • Prospective Studies
  • Range of Motion, Articular
  • Wrist*