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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 124 reviews with an average rating of 4.75
Rachel from IrelandOwner04 December 2019 17:00
I wanted to let you know the that the Thumb Brace is working for me. I have been cleaning windows for 30 years now and the thumb joint has been causing me pain for last few years, mostly in the winter months. It took a few days to wear the brace in but I don’t take it off now for work. At the moment the pain has decreased a lot.
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.
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Concussion is caused by an injury to the brain, as a result of an impact to the head. It is also referred to as mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI). The brain, the most complicated organ in the body, is situated in the head, and is at the core of the nervous system. It is protected by the skull (a hard bony surface) and consists of soft tissue; grey and white matter, which is divided by a dark colour. The brain consists of the cerebral cortex, the cerebellum and cerebrum. The cerebral cortex is outside the cerebrum and is divided into 4 lobes (the frontal lobe, the parietal lobe, the occipital lobe and the temporal lobe). The cortex is neural tissue, which is folded to fit within the skull. It is responsible for consciousness, memory, thought, language and awareness. The brain is surrounded and protected by cerebrospinal fluid (CSF).
When concussion happens, the brain moves and knocks against the skull causing bruising to the brain, damage to the nerves and to the blood vessels. This alters the fine chemical and electrical balance in the brain which disturbs the messages sent from the brain to the rest of the body. Concussion is one of the commonest forms of injury that results in hospital treatment. Children between the ages of 5 and 14 are the most susceptible to concussion. Recovery from concussion is usually good. However, repeated incidents of concussion can lead to dementia (chronic traumatic encephalopathy).
Concussion can be caused by a fall, or by a blow to the head. There are a number of sporting activities that can result in concussion occurring, for example, boxing, horse riding (a fall from the horse), bicycling, rugby, football, cricket (hit by a cricket ball) and skiing. Car or road traffic accidents can also cause concussion. The use of helmets, for example, when riding, bicycling, motor biking can help prevent concussion occurring and limit potential brain damage.
Complications of concussion can lead to a second concussion (SIS, second impact syndrome). This could indicate brain swelling, which can be fatal. Bleeding in the brain can be a complication of concussion.
It is important to seek medical advice immediately, to rule out bleeding it to the brain, which could indicate a serious head injury. It is important to rest and monitor the patient closely, in case the symptoms worsen. This could indicate bleeding between the skull and the brain, or bleeding on the surface of the brain. The length of observation for concussion, depends on the severity of the concussion, but could range from a few days to several weeks. The first 24/48 hours are crucial. It is important that the patient is woken every 2/3 hours for the first 12-24 hours.
When moving someone with suspected concussion it is important to move them carefully and treat them as if they might have a spinal or cervical injury.
An MRI scan or a CT scan might be performed to diagnose the nature of the head injury.
During recovery from concussion, patients might find it difficult to concentrate, be irritable, and can be sensitive to noise and light. They can also get tired more easily.
Rest and avoid sport or any activity that could cause an impact to the head. For children and adults it is important to seek medical advice to find out when it is safe to resume activity. *Professional rugby players have to rest for 3 weeks before playing again.
*Detailed concussion guidelines from the IRB Player Welfare website.
Avoid driving for the first few days. (seek medical advice to find out when it is safe to resume driving.)
Painkillers (paracetamol). Seek medical advice before administering.
Aspirin and anti-inflammatories should be avoided as they cause thinning of the blood.
Sophia Cross, BA (Hons) MA