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Liquidation Sale!

February 19, 2018

The webstore supportandbrace.com is having  a liquidation sale on their remaining inventory of Push thumb braces.  This opportunity will only be available while supplies last.



Thumb Arthritis

January 31, 2018

The thumb pain associated with CMC Arthritis can be severe.  A decrease in range of motion and strength can make it painful to shake hands, open doors, and forget about opening that jar of pickles.  Treatment can involve splints, braces, and medications.  If its really bad surgery may be an option.

Pain is the primary symptom.  It’s felt at the base of the thumb when gripping, grasping, pinching or forcing an object.  The thumb can also be stiff, tender, and swollen.  The thumb will get weaker and lose range of motion.  And it may start to look a bit deformed.

CMC arthritis is common in women over 40 years old.  Obesity, previous injury,  and heredity are also risk factors.  CMC Arthritis used to be called “Game Keepers” thumb.   Back in the day the people that twisted the necks of rabbits for a living (game keepers) would develop CMC arthritis from the repetitive motion of breaking necks.  Gross.

a CMC Thumb brace is a great treatment option.  Learn more about the thumb splint shown below:

 



Purchase this CMC thumb brace.

As we get older osteoarthritis will develop.  It’s just a normal part of aging.  And it usually develops in the joints that we use the most and receive the most stress.  That’s why osteoarthritis is often called, “wear and tear arthritis”.  Pain and disability are the most common complaints of CMC thumb arthritis.

Thumb splints and thumb braces come in many shapes and sizes.  Beware of using a thumb brace that completely immobilizes the thumb.  You need to use your thumb or the muscles surrounding it will atrophy (shrink).  You want the opposite.  You want to use your thumb so the muscles surrounding it get stronger.  So you need a thumb brace that positions your thumb in such a way that it reduces pain but still allows you to use it.

That’s what the thumb brace pictured above can do.  The CMC Thumb Brace is easily put on and taken off with one hand, and provides support that doesn’t limit other joint movement.  It is durable, flexible, and is easily cleaned.  And most important it will reduce your pain.



New CMC Thumb Brace

January 10, 2018

 

Where to purchase a CMC Thumb Brace.

This CMC Thumb Brace has a low profile design with smooth edges.  The closures are easy to use with one hand.  This brace effectively positions the thumb to alleviate thumb pain while allowing your other fingers a full range of motion.  It has a moldable aluminum core that adjusts for a perfect fit.

  • Keeps Skin Cool and Dry
  • Easily Applied and Removed
  • Comfortable, effective
  • Light Weight

Description

 

This CMC Arthritis Brace is streamlined and durable.  It is the best choice available for relief of basal joint (CMC) arthritis.  This thumb brace can be worn during household activities and sports like golf or tennis.

The thumb splint immobilizes the carpometacarpal (CMC) and the first metacarpophalangeal (MCP 1) joints and places the thumb in a functional position.

It is easy to clean and machine washable.

Characteristics:

  • Restricts thumb adduction, while allowing free movement of the other fingers and wrist
  • Adaptable aluminum core makes it easy to fit
  • The brace can be easily secured with one hand
  • Maximum comfort
  • Dirt and water resistant and is easily dried

Sizing:

 



Overview

  • Keeps Skin Cool and Dry
  • Easily Applied and Removed
  • Comfortable
  • Light Weight

 

Description

The Push CMC Arthritis Brace is streamlined and durable.  It is the best choice available for relief of basal joint (CMC) arthritis.  The Push brace is fit by squeezing the imbedded metal insert to snugly fit the hand around the thumb.  It can be worn during household activities and sports like golf or tennis.

Characteristics:

  • Resists abrasion: is more durable than other supports
  • Covers minimal palmar surface
  • Can be worn under a glove
  • Can be washed in a washing machine
  • Will not deform if left in a hot environment
  • Latex Free

 

Indications

  • CMC Arthritis
  • Carpometacarpal Injuries
  • Degenerative Arthritis

 

Sizing

To determine the size Push® MetaGrip® you need, use a soft measuring tape and measure the circumference of your hand just below the knuckles of all fingers except the thumb. Choose one of the three sizes below.

Push MetaGrip Sizing Chart

 



CMC Thumb Arthritis

When cartilage erodes, arthritis can happen.   Without this protective tissue, bones that comprise the joint rub together. Carpometacarpal (CMC) joint arthritis happens at the thumb’s base, right at the wrist.   When the ends of bones rub together it causes pain and makes it difficult to grab or pinch.

Basal joint arthritis (CMC joint arthritis) is the most common place for arthritis to affect the hands.  It’s recommended to treat this condition with non-invasive, simple options.

SYMPTOMS

  • Thumb Pain at the base of the thumb.
  • Thumb pain when trying to grip or pinch.
  • The thumb is painful or tender when you rub, squeeze, or touch the base of the thumb.

How to treat CMC Arthritis?

Wearing a splint or brace that positions your thumb can reduce pain. The best thumb braces position the thumb joint.

This is a product that can help.

CMC Arthritis Thumb Brace

 



A thumb brace or thumb splint is an effective way to treat CMC Arthritis, or basal joint arthritis.  The best braces will hold the thumb in a pain-free position.  Neoprene or fabric thumb braces will provide warmth and compression.  Do you experience pain when you pinch, like when you’re using a key or a pen?  Is the area around the base of your thumb tender when you press on or around the joint?  A brace may help.  A thumb brace is an inexpensive treatment alternative to surgery or medications.

Learn more about thumb splints.

 



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The CMC Arthritis Thumb Brace is a great solution for people with thumb arthritis who work on a keyboard all day.  The thumb brace provides pain relief while allowing a full range of mobility.

It is a low profile thumb brace, so it doesn’t interfere with typing or data entry.  This brace is easy to clean and easy to wear.

Cut down on your pain medication and try a non-invasive solution for your thumb pain.



Thumb Arthritis

November 29, 2016

thumb pain

Why does the thumb always get the arthritis??  Because thumbs get used a lot, more than any other finger.  Thumb arthritis, basal joint arthritis, CMC arthritis…call it what you want.  The cartilage that protects your bones around the thumb erodes.  This joint is the carpometacarpal joint.

Swelling and hand pain are common.  Also weakness and a decreased range of motion will make it hard to type, use a mouse, or open a jar.

Advanced cases of CMC arthritis can require surgery and medication, while a thumb splint or a CMC Thumb Brace are recommended for milder cases.



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The CMC Arthritis Thumb Brace is an effective and light weight treatment option for basal joint (CMC) arthritis.  This thumb brace is fit by squeezing the embedded metal insert to snugly fit the hand around the thumb.  It can be worn during household activities and sports like tennis or golf.

This thumb brace is low-profile and durable.  It helps keep the skin cool and dry and is easily applied and removed.  It is comfortable and light weight.

Informative Video about this CMC Arthritis Thumb Brace.

How to measure for the CMC Arthritis Thumb Brace.