What is the role of splints used to treat upper-extremity orthoses in rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?

Updated: Feb 07, 2020
  • Author: Howard R Smith, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Upper-extremity orthoses may be classified as either static or dynamic. Static splints are used to support a weak or unstable joint, to rest a joint for pain relief, or to maintain functional alignment. Dynamic splints traditionally have been used to manage the postoperative hand, but they may also be used to increase manual dexterity. The most commonly used splints for the hand are the finger-ring splint and the thumb-post splint. The functional wrist splint and the resting hand splint are commonly used for wrist splinting.


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