How to Manage a Thumb Deformity from Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Thu, Oct 18,2018 @ 01:45 PM

What causes deformity in the rheumatoid thumb?  

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a destructive inflammatory disease that impacts soft tissue. This disease commonly involves the thumb and causes deformities to the thumb through tendon rupture or tendon subluxation and the abnormal stretching of ligaments and other joint structures.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis and Night Time Orthosis Use

Posted by Lori Algar OTD, OTR/L, CHT on Wed, May 11,2016 @ 03:58 PM

With RA, the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s own tissues affecting the lining of the joints and causing swelling that may eventually result in bone erosion and joint deformity. The wrist and fingers are involved in approximately 75% of cases.  

The early stages of RA include pain, swelling, and stiffness upon waking, while the later stages include progression to significant deformity and instability. A common treatment in the early stages is the use of a resting orthosis at night during sleep.

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Tags: rheumatoid arthritis

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