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Journal:   ANNALS OF MILITARY AND HEALTH SCIENCES RESEARCH   SPRING 2008 , Volume 6 , Number 1 (SERIAL NUMBER 21); Page(s) 31 To 33.
 
Paper: 

EFFECT OF REST SPLINT IN REDUCTION OF INFLAMMATION IN HAND JOINTS OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS PATIENTS

 
 
Author(s):  SHARIAT PANAHI SH.*
 
* SHAHED UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, SHAHID MOSTAFA KHOMEINI HOSPITAL, DEPARTMENT OF RHEUMATOLOGY
 
Abstract: 

Backgrounds: Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease and rest splinting may reduce inflammation and swelling and pain in acute joints, the aim of this study is to determined effect of Rest splint in reduction of inflammation in wrist and hand joints of rheumatoid arthritis patients.
Materials and methods: in 50 rheumatoid arthritis patients (according to ACR criteria 1987) prescribed thermoplastic rest splint in either hands randomly for one month at night, and before and after study assessment of pain (VAS) and duration of morning stiffness and swelling and range of motion of wrist and PIP and MCP joints and hand volume and grip strength performed.
Results: in final assessment of splinted hand there was significant less pain (p=0.002), less morning stiffness (p=0.01), less swelling (p=0.0003), less tenderness (p=0.004) and better range of motion of wrist (p=0.0005). In addition in final assessment in splinted and unsplinted hands there was less swelling (p=0.006), less tenderness (p=0.03) and better range of motion of the wrist (p=0.04) in splinted hands, but there was not any significant change in pain and morning stiffness, joint count, flexion of MCP and PIP joints, hand volume and grip strength.
Conclusions: according to results we offer more using of this splint in treatment of RA patients.

 
Keyword(s): RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS, SPLINT, PAIN, HAND ARTHRITIS
 
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