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Hand Osteoarthritis Pain Can Be Decreased By Splints

Two independent studies have found that using hand splints for a prolonged period can reduce the pain in hands caused by osteoarthritis. The studies conducted by Arthritis Care & Research in Oslo have come up with the following results.

In people who wore short and rigid splints on their hands for at least six months continuously, the pain they experienced was reduced by 50 percent. The same kind of result was observed in people who wore splints on their hands during nights for one year. The researches were although, unclear if the observed effect was because of the splints alone or because of their conjunction with medications.

Osteoarthritis, a degenerative arthritic condition affects around 20 percent of the people who are older than 55. As a person ages, bone strength starts to decrease, rendering a person vulnerable to conditions like osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis leads o severe joint inflammation, deformity and pain. Unfortunately, there is no proper treatment available for this progressive and degenerative condition.

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