Efficacy of Compression Gloves in the Rehabilitation of Distal Radius Fractures: Randomized Controlled Study

Inbar Miller-Shahabar, Naomi Schreuer, Haim Katsevman, Benjamin Bernfeld, Anat Cons, Yael Raisman, Uzi Milman

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Objective The aim of this study was to examine the outcomes of wearing made-to-measure compression gloves after distal radius fracture. Design In a randomized controlled trial, adults who were about 6 wks post distal radius fracture were recruited and divided into a comparison control group (n = 15), who received standard rehabilitation twice a week for half an hour, and an intervention group (n = 17), who additionally used compression gloves. All treatments were conducted at a single rehabilitation clinic. Outcomes assessed were wrist and finger range of motion, grip strength, swelling, pain, and activities of daily living (using the Patient Rating Wrist Evaluation). The intervention group underwent additional objective dynamic assessments of range of motion with and without the gloves. Results The intervention group demonstrated reduced swelling, pain, and analgesic use; increased wrist range of motion; better scores for specific hand functions; and greater participation in activities of daily living compared with the comparison group. Conclusion This randomized controlled trial shows that using compression gloves during the rehabilitation phase after distal radius fracture improves daily functioning and reduces adverse symptoms. These improvements, which are important in their own right, are also expected to aid in preventing the development of chronic conditions and disability. Evidence Level II Un-blinded prospective comparative study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)904-910
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2018

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  • Outcome assessment (health care)
  • Range of motion (articular)
  • Recovery of function
  • Rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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