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Push Ortho CMC Thumb Brace (to treat thumb osteoarthritis pain) £49.68
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. Latex Free.
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 123 reviews with an average rating of 4.74
Fifi G from United KingdomOwner20 June 2019 05:45
The brace was recommended by my physio and it has transformed my ability to perform everyday tasks such as ironing, cooking, writing and even gardening. It’s surprisingly comfy to wear and not at all restrictive unlike other thumb braces I have used in the past. It’s expensive but well worth the investment.
Dee from United KingdomOwner10 March 2019 13:03
BUY IT! I have early onset osteo arthritis. Thumb permanently misaligned. Two small boys to look after. Massive and endless pain and injections do nothing for me at all. Now instead of grieving for my life I can get on with it for the 1st time in years. I have tried so many and this is the only one that is practical, I keep my deterity and it miraculously eases the pain. I don't know how but I am eternally grateful. It is really great quality but even if I have to replace it every few months it is worth it. P.s. Vivomed customer service is top dog too. I would use again.
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A slipped disc can also be referred to as a ruptured, herniated, bulging or a prolapsed disc; and it is an injury affecting the spine.
The spine consists of intervertebral joints, discs, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerve roots. The adult spinal column comprises of 33 irregular bones (the vertebrae) and is divided into 5 regions, the cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral and coccygeal. Each vertebra consists of a spinous process projecting posteriorly (to the back) and two transverse processes which project laterally (to the side). The muscle attaches on to these processes. The upper 24 vertebrae articulate with each other through facet joints, which are small gliding joints. These joints allow movement. Between each vertebra there is an intervertebral disc. These discs aid movement (flexion, lateral flexion and extension) and act as shock absorbers, and help prevent wear and tear of the vertebrae. Each disc comprises of a soft, gel-like centre (nucleus pulposus) and a harder fibro cartilage outer case. The spinal column is located in the centre of these discs and vertebrae.
A slipped disc occurs when the outer fibrocartilage ring, surrounding the interverbral disc tears, and causes the soft gel-like centre to press out. As the disc collapses it presses on the spinal nerves (the nerve roots that branch out from the spinal cord), and cause numbness. A slipped disc usually occurs in the lumbar region (the lower back) and occasionally happens in the cervical region of the back. It rarely happens in the thoracic area.
The most common age for a slipped disc is between 30-50 years of age.
Excessive strain on the back: often as a result of heavy lifting and twisting, for example when loading a lorry.
Incorrect posture when lifting: It is important to bend the knees and keep a straight back when lifting a heavy object.
Over use: if the muscles in the back are tired, this can result in a slipped disc.
Symptoms can vary depending on where the slipped disc occurs.
Pain tends to be felt in the lumbar region of the back (the lower region).
Patients with a slipped disc have usually had a history of acute lumbago (pain in the muscles and joints of the lower back).
The lower back can be tender to touch, when applying gentle pressure.
Pain can be mild or severe, depending on the severity of the prolapse.
Pain is continuous rather than pulsating, and tends to be less in the morning.
Pain can become worse when sitting, or lifting.
Numbness, tingling and sometimes paralysis can occur, because the bulging disc can press on the spinal cord.
Muscle spasm in lower back.
If the slipped disc occurs in the lumbar region, the lower back it can result in sciatica, as the disc compresses the sciatic nerve. This tends to occur when bending over. The pain spreads down the leg.
Pain can be alleviated when lying down.
The Lasegue test can be used to diagnose a slipped disc. The patient lies on their back and their leg is raised straight by the examiner, and their foot can also be passively dorsiflexed. If pain is felt spreading down the leg, this indicates a positive test.
An MRI scan can confirm a slipped disc.
Rest: to prevent further damage. Bed rest might be recommended.
In the sub-acute (3 days to 3 weeks) and the chronic stage (3 weeks to 2 years) it is important that training should be adapted to avoid heavy lifting or any exercises that put excessive strain on the spine. A physiotherapist or sports massage therapist can advise when exercise should be resumed and what exercise would be appropriate.
Ice treatment: Ice, can be applied for 10-15 minutes, every 2-3 hours in the acute and sub- acute stage (frequency can be reduced according to recovery, and can be continued for as long as deemed necessary). In the sub-acute stage (3days – 3 weeks) heat therapy can be applied. Hot bath or hot water bottle might alleviate muscle spasm.
NSAIDS (anti-inflammatories) and paracetamol can be taken to aid pain relief. Medical advice should be sought, in case of possible side effects.
Kinesiology taping can aid recovery.
Massage can help aid recovery, and improve joint mobility and range of movement. It 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.
A physiotherapist osteopath or chiropractor can help stretch and relax tight muscles, which improves range of movement and flexibility. They can advise on appropriate strengthening, flexibility and proprioceptive exercises in the sub-acute and the chronic stage of recovery. Exercises should focus on eccentric strengthening; focussing on the quadriceps muscles, the intensity of the exercises should be increased gradually and in a measured way.
A physiotherapist or doctor might prescribe ultrasound or laser treatment to aid recovery; or recommend surgery.
With rest, time and exercises the prognosis for a slipped disc is good.
Published: November 5, 2011Author: Sophia Cross, BA (Hons) MA
Slipped Disc Treatments