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Push Braces Ortho Thumb Brace CMC - to treat thumb osteoarthritis pain $81.38
The Push CMC thumb brace has been designed and developed by Push Braces in conjunction with eminent hand therapists Judy Colditz and Nettie Koekebakker.
This brace is now well accepted by many medical professionals as the best brace on the market for people who suffer from osteoarthritis of the CMC joint of their thumb.
CMC-1 osteoarthritis (thumb osteoarthritis of CMC joint) is a common thumb disorder. It is a type of ‘wear and tear’ of the articular cartilage, affecting in particular people between 40 and 60 years of age.The Push CMC is a slim and compact product. The brace can be used in the water. Hygiene is important around the hand. Therefore the synthetic material is antibacterial and the brace can be washed in a washing machine at 40°.
The Push CMC was especially developed for application with the following indications:
• CMC-1 osteoarthritis
• Postoperatively after arthroplasty of the CMC-1 joint
• Instability of the CMC-1 joint
In European countries, incidence rates vary between 16% and 25%. This means that one in every 4 to 5 people suffers from CMC arthritis.
Arthritis of the basal joint of the thumb, combined with a weakening of the ligaments, results in functional instability. This typically causes symptoms such as thumb pain, reduced hand function, weakness and stiffness. The thumb is responsible for an estimated 40% of all hand functions, so arthritis of the CMC joint may result in disabling restrictions of the hand.
Push has now introduced the ortho thumb brace CMC, or Push CMC for short. This new concept differs from standard solutions. The Push CMC stabilises the basal joint of the thumb and places the thumb’s metacarpal in a functional position. This creates a so-called ‘thumb arch’, which remains stable during activities of the hand and ensures proper gripping. It relieves the pain when the thumb is under stress. This method of stabilising leaves nearby joints, including the wrist, free. The aim is to achieve the best possible hand function.
The Push CMC thumb brace consists of a cylindrical section around the ball of the thumb and a fixed connection running along the palm to the outside of the hand. This can be closed at the back of the hand with two non-elastic bands. The cylindrical section consists of two components: an aluminium strip and a transparent, flexible, synthetic part. The aluminium strip can be shaped and individually adapted for maximum stabilization of the base of the thumb. The selected materials and rounded edges guarantee maximum comfort. The simple closing system enables patients to fit the brace themselves without any effort.
Please see the link below to a new article published in 2015 concerning the study entitled “Stabilization effectiveness and functionality of different thumb orthoses in female patients with first carpometacarpal joint osteoarthritis”, which was carried out by Nina Hamann et.al.
This article has recently been published in Clinical Biomechanics. In the article, three thumb orthoses were investigated in addition to the Push CMC. The study examined the stabilising capacity of the orthoses on the CMC joint and the MCP joint and the resulting effect of wearing the various orthoses on the function of the hand.
There are 31 reviews with an average rating of 4.74
Darlene from United States of AmericaOwner07 March 2015 18:07
My doctor recommended this brace. It is great because it allows you to use your hand freely while supporting the thumb joint. Be sure to choose right or left. I foolishly just ordered one not realizing there was a right and left. Of course the one I received was for the hand that was not hurting. Hopefully, the new one I ordered will keep me from having surgery.
Marie from United KingdomOwner16 December 2013 13:30
I have just purchased my third set of Push thumb braces. They are the best I have ever used. I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and very severe osteo-arthritis in my hands and thumbs causing a lot of pain. I was prescribed thumb braces on the NHS but I did not have the strength in my hands to cope with the velcro. I could not use them unless I had someone to help me. Not what you want when you are trying to be independent. They also made my hands unbearably hot and the neoprene caused eczema.
These Push braces are so much better. I can get them on and off myself, they don't make my hands too hot,and they allow me to do most of the jobs I want to do - including typing this review. More importantly, I can hold on to walking sticks or my rollator - which was very difficult with the bigger NHS braces. They can be used with the Push wrist braces as well when I need extra support for my wrist. I can get them under gloves when the weather is freezing. They are easy to wash and dry overnight.
They are so light I hardly know they are there and yet they give really good support to my thumbs and hands. Pain has been much improved.
I have found that each pair has lasted about five months before the velcro loses grip and they have to be replaced. However, this is a small price for the benefit they provide. I would recommend highly them.
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The piriformis is a flat muscle, pyramidal in shape and is one of six small muscles found deep to the gluteus maximus (the buttocks). The piriformis laterally rotates the hip and abducts the hip when the hip is flexed. It originates from the anterior (front) part of the sacrum and inserts on the greater trochanter of the femur.
Piriformis syndrome is condition in which the sciatic nerve is aggravated or compressed by the piriformis muscle, which has become tight and inflamed, resulting in pain, numbness and tingling in the buttocks and sometimes along the back of the leg and into the foot. This pain is sometimes referred to as sciatic pain (sciatica). The sciatic nerve starts in the lower back, runs through the buttock and hip and down the lower limb (hence the transference of pain and numbness from the buttock to the back of the lower leg).
Piriformis syndrome is more common in women (possibly due to the biomechanics associated with the wider Q angle in women), and among athletes engaging in forward moving activities, such as bicycling, running. It can be caused by inactive gluteal muscles and tight hip flexors, as a result of sitting too long. It can also can be caused by overuse, for example by activities performed in the sitting position, that involve strenuous use of the legs, such as rowing.
Pain and numbness is often felt in the buttocks, and can radiate down the back of the leg (following the sciatic nerve) into the hamstrings. It can sometimes be mistaken for hamstring strain or hamstring origin tendinopathy. However, no pain will be felt in the hamstrings, instead tenderness will be found in area of the piriformis.
Pain increases after prolonged sitting, and can be more noticeable when climbing stairs or walking up an incline.
It can result in reduced range of movement of the hip joint, in particular internal rotation of the hip.
Rest, avoid running, until symptoms have disappeared.
Ice, can massage area with Ice Up (portable ice massager) (5-10 minutes) every 2/3 hours for first 48 hours.
NSAIDS when appropriate for pain (because of side effects, it is best to seek medical advice first before taking).
Sub acute (3 days to 3 weeks):
Heat and massage to stimulate blood flow and healing. 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.
Long term (chronic):
Physiotherapy and massage: Strengthening and flexibility exercises for the hip abductors, hip adductors, and gluteal muscles (Piriformis stretch, Hip rotation stretch, The Bridge). Start with low intensity and short duration and then gradually increase. As flexibility and strength increases can start introducing Proprioceptive balance and agility exercises.
As piriformis syndrome can be caused by over pronation biomechanical assessments should be performed to eliminate misalignment issues, and the necessity for orthotics and the replacement of running shoes.
Published: October 31, 2011Author: Sophia Cross, BA (Hons) MA
Piriformis Syndrome Treatments