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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Abstract

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
Volume97
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Partially supported by the donation of made-to-measure compression gloves by Uriel Meditex Ltd. and by the provision of the MediTouch HandTutor system for use during the study. However, neither manufacturer employed or otherwise remunerated any of the authors. Researchers declare no competing interests. The paper is based on a thesis submitted as part of the requirements for the MSc degree in Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, University of Haifa, Israel (In Hebrew). Financial disclosure statements have been obtained, and no conflicts of interest have been reported by the authors or by any individuals in control of the content of this article. Supplemental digital content is available for this article. Direct URL citations appear in the printed text and are provided in the HTML and PDF versions of this article on the journal’s Web site (www.ajpmr.com). Copyright © 2018 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved. ISSN: 0894-9115 DOI: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000000998

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© 2018 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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