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Push Braces Ortho Thumb Brace CMC - to treat thumb osteoarthritis pain £45.16
The Push CMC thumb brace has been designed and developed by Push Braces in conjunction with eminent hand therapists Judy Colditz and Nettie Koekebakker.
Following improvements made to the Push Thumb Brace CMC in late 2015, please note the following two important aspects of using the Push CMC thumb brace. Both of these aspects are important when supplying and fitting the product to ensure the best possible function of the Push CMC.
1. The squeezing of the aluminium reinforcement of the Push CMC, to fit it around the thumb. The aluminium support feature that is built into the plastic part of the Push CMC can be bent to the shape of the thenar. Before applying the brace, hold the brace with both hands and bend the support part of the brace so it is slightly more open. You can then fit the brace, fix the straps and ask the wearer to form an "O" shape with their thumb and index finger. Be sure the thumb muscles are relaxed. After doing this apply pressure to shape the aluminium support part around the thenar. The brace will now be in the best position to allow optimum function by the user.
2. Bending the Velcro straps to fit the shape of the back of the hand. For proper functioning of the Velcro closure it is important that it is firmly strapped together for the entire length of the “hook” tab. In case the hand has a rounder shape, at the location of the Velcro closure, it is possible to shape the “hook” tab for better alignment. By bending the Velcro “hook” tabs firmly, they can be shaped to a good curved fit around the back of the hand. After closing, be sure to firmly press across the straps for a good hold.
In European countries, incidence rates vary between 16% and 25%. This means that one in every 4 to 5 people suffers from CMC arthritis.
There are 66 reviews with an average rating of 4.74
KC from United KingdomOwner03 March 2016 17:07
I was very impressed by the fast service form Vivomed and have recommended them to my hand therapist
The brace3 is an amazing product - it is so unobtrusive I forget I am even wearing it. It does not restrict or impede any of my everyday movements and hand function. Without it, though, not only do I feel the thumb joint pain again but also earlier pain from the other side of my wrist. I would recommend this product wholeheartedly: such a small price for such great pain relief Thank you
Avigail from IsraelOwner23 November 2015 13:29
I've had CMC arthritis for about 15 years, and this brace was recommended to me by a hand therapist. It is by far the most comfortable and functional brace I've used, and the fact that it can be used in wet or dirty environments and be washed in a washing machine is a huge advantage over the regular type of brace. The price from Vivomed (plus shipping) is less than in my own country, and Vivomed's service was very pleasant, efficient, and quick.
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Frozen shoulder, also referred to as adhesive capsulitis of shoulder, occurs when the connective tissue surrounding the glenohumeral joint becomes swollen and stiff. This inflammation restricts mobility and can result in chronic pain. This pain is often worse at night and when the weather is cold. This injury can often occur as a result of a minor injury or without any warning.
Recovery from this condition is slow and can be frustrating.
The glenohumeral joint, a ball and socket joint, (also referred to as the shoulder joint) is supported by four muscles: the subscapularis, the supraspinatus, the infraspinatus and the teres minor. All of these muscles encompass this joint and help to control the joint during rotation.
The glenohumeral joint is where the humerus (bone in upper arm) attaches to the scapula (shoulder blade). This joint usually has good mobility and flexibility. In a frozen shoulder the lining of the shoulder, referred to as the shoulder capsule, swells and tightens because of a build-up of scar tissue, making movement difficult and painful.
Frozen shoulder is more typical in 40 to 60 years old and women. It rarely occurs in people under 40 and affects 1 in 50 people. It is not a common injury in sport. It is more common in diabetics.
Frozen shoulder often occurs in the non-dominant shoulder. If you are right handed it would be your left shoulder.
To test for a frozen shoulder ask the patient to raise their arm to a horizontal level. If they have a frozen shoulder they can only raise their arm slightly.
Other symptoms include:
Stage 1 (2-9 months)
It will ache and start to feel stiff. It is worse at night, especially when sleeping on the injured side. Movement becomes impaired.
Stage 2 (4-12 months)
This stage is referred to as the adhesive phase.
The shoulder increases in stiffness, but the pain remains the same.
The shoulder muscles begin to waste (muscle atrophy). Movement is limited.
Stage 3 (recovery) (5 months -3/4 years)
This is the recovery phase. Movement starts to return and the pain decreases. As the stiffness eases the occasional twinge of pain can be felt.
Recovery from a frozen shoulder can be slow but the prognosis is usually good and patients make a full recovery. Initially every day activities might be difficult, such as dressing, and driving.
It is important not to ignore this condition and to seek medical advice to ensure the most effective treatment.
It is important to avoid activities that make the pain worse, but it is important that some movement is still maintained, as inactivity makes the situation worse.
Ice can help ease pain and inflammation. For the first 48-72 hours, ice packs can be administered for 10-15 minutes, every 2-3 hours.
Ice treatment can be continued through the sub- acute stage (3 days-3 weeks), frequency can be reduced according to recovery, and can be continued for as long as deemed necessary.
In the sub-acute stage (3 days – 3 weeks) heat therapy can be applied.
NSAIDS (anti-inflammatories} or paracetamol may be necessary. Medical advice should be sought first before administering (in case of possible side effects).
In certain cases doctors might advise Steroid Injections to ease the pain.
Manipulation is performed if the pain and discomfort is becoming unbearable. Manipulation is performed under general anaesthetic. The shoulder is lightly stretched and moved.
Physiotherapy can help by giving flexibility and strengthening exercises in the sub-acute and chronic stage of healing. It is important to keep using the shoulder and performing gentle mobility exercises (circular rotations).
Sports massage can also help aid repair in the sub-acute and chronic stage, by improving circulating, breaking down scar tissue, and improving mobility. Massage should not be administered during the acute stage. If there is any underlying medical condition, such as a heart condition, it is important to seek medical advice before receiving massage.
Sophia Cross, BA (Hons) MA