Osteoarthritis (OA) at the base of the thumb is a common diagnosis among older individuals. Research suggests that 26.2% of women and 13.4 % of men age 71-100 years old have symptoms of this diagnosis and that approximately 70% of community dwelling individuals with hand pain have OA at the base of the thumb as well.
Studies have consistently found that using an orthosis helps to decrease pain and improve function for individuals with arthritis at the base of the thumb. There is no consistent evidence to suggest that one orthosis is more effective than another, however, research does suggest that individuals prefer pre-fabricated designed orthoses.
The Comfort Cool Thumb CMC Restriction splint is a familiar pre-fabricated option, but the 3pp Prima Thumb Brace has potential worth discussing, too. Let’s give a closer look to both of these orthoses.
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Comparison: 3pp Prima and Comfort Cool Thumb Splints
3pp Prima Thumb Splint
Comfort Cool Thumb CMC Restriction
Memory-stretch material with foam lined breathable fabric
Fully adjustable, non-slip strapping system, memory-stretch material and a removable dorsal stay.
Strap only to close around hand and to provide support to the base of the thumb. Both straps have to hook onto their specific attachment hook
|Straps fasten anywhere on the splint and can be wrapped in different ways to create a customized support and fit for each hand
Follow attachment hook pattern when donning
Available in small, medium, and large
Available in x-small through x-large with plus sizes for small, medium, and large. Also available in toddler and youth sizes
|Machine and hand washable
|Machine wash and air dry
Reinforced stitching but no lining on edges
Available in Black
Available in Black or Beige
|Easy for patients to purchase on ohmyarthritis.com
|Readily available when searched on the web
3pp Prima Thumb Brace
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