The Effectiveness of a Nighttime Positioning Hand Splint in Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis
The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a nighttime positioning hand splint in patients with RA in terms of pain, grip and pinch strength, upper limb function, quality of life, and patient satisfaction. The hypothesis is that the stabilization of hand during nighttime could decrease pain and consequently improve quality of life.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Study of the Effectiveness of a Positioning Hand Splint for Wrist, Fingers and Thumb in Patients With Arthritis Rheumatoid|
- Pain using VAS at rest in cm, strength (grip and pinch), activities of daily living using HAQ questionnaire, hand function using DASH questionnaire and satisfaction with use by a likert scale of five points (much worst to much better). [ Time Frame: Three months ]
|Study Start Date:||July 2004|
|Study Completion Date:||July 2006|
The involvment of wrist and fingers is very common in RA and it could affect hand function and, consequently, affect activities of daily living (ADL). Some authors suggest that the rest of hand could decrease pain and inflammation. Splints are external appliances that used in a specific body part provides the best alignment and rest in correct functional position. The goal of a hand, fingers and thumb in RA is stabilize the hand while the patients are not making theirs ADL and try to decrease the pain.
|UNIFESP - Federal University of Sao Paulo|
|Sao Paulo, Brazil, 04023-900|
|Principal Investigator:||Ana Carolina R Silva, student||Federal University of Sao Paulo|