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Thumb support - any recommendations?

Discussion in 'Home adaptations, mobility and personal care' started by InitialConditions, Apr 24, 2020.

  1. InitialConditions

    InitialConditions Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    I may have to buy one - my right thumb is just driving me mad. Just constantly stiff and swollen at the base of thumb but not arthritis apparently. Anyone use one?
     
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    Kitty Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    It might be worth looking up de Quervain's tendinitis, which is what my sore, swollen thumb joint turned out to be.

    My experience was that splint suitability is quite individual, and you might have to try more than one. I ended up with a hard plastic one that's mainly designed to keep the wrist straight – it somehow seemed to support my thumb better than anything else. A pharmacist may be able to advise if you can't get to your GP. Other treatments that helped were icing the area, and reducing as much as possible any activity involving that joint.

    I do feel for you, though, it's infuriating! I hope you manage to find something that works.
     
  3. InitialConditions

    InitialConditions Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Thanks. de Quervains is sort of ruled out I think. The pain is more on the inside of my palm rather than on the upside of my hand/wrist and in fact the pain is not the issue - it's moving it / stiffness.
     
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