Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis, affecting approximately 10% of men and up to 18% of women over 60. Interventions such as self-management, education and physical activity modifications have been shown to reduce pain and improve quality of life in patients with chronic disease. For trapeziometacarpal OA (also called ‘base of thumb’ OA), whether treatment is surgical or conservative is typically determined by the severity of symptoms, the patient’s functional abilities and his/her goals. Conservative care typically consists of splinting or orthoses, exercises, joint mobilizations, exercises and activity modifications. Education (regarding pain management, the appropriate use of splints, and advice on modifying daily tasks) is also important component of care for all patients.
The purpose of this review was to systematically examine the effectiveness of unimodal and multimodal physical therapies for base of thumb OA.…enjoy!
THIS WEEK'S RESEARCH REVIEW: “Effectiveness of Physical Therapies for Base of Thumb Osteoarthritis”
This paper was published in Musculoskeletal Science and Practice (2018) and this Review is posted in Recent Reviews, Osteoarthritis, Wrist - Hand and the 2019 Archive.
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