Splint for Ulnar Drift
This hand brace for ulnar drift supports the knuckles at the base of one’s fingers, helping to maintain neutral alignment of these metacarpophalangeal (MP) joints. Doing so can help slow the drifting of the fingers toward the little finger.
This, in turn, can help maintain the function of one’s hands. The hand brace for arthritis also helps reduce pain associated with the joint deformity.
Ulnar drift is caused by swelling of the joints at the base of one’s finger that gradually displaces one’s fingers, causing them to drift toward the pinky area (ulna) area of one’s hand. This is typically caused by arthritis, with rheumatoid arthritis being the culprit more often than osteoarthritis.
Besides causing pain and stiffness, this can also compromise one’s ability to grip and the pinch things.
This neoprene splint for ulnar drift also holds in heat, warming the knuckles and soothing discomfort. This is a great feature for treating various forms of arthritis.
The soft-loop neoprene of the hand support for rheumatoid arthritis is soft against the skin. This material is also free of latex.
The arthritic finger support encases the upper part of the palm and the fingers below the joint at the midpoint of one’s fingers. The low-profile splint for ulnar deviation therefore leaves the rest of the hand unrestricted for normal movement. This is important for preventing any loss of strength or flexibility in one’s fingers, hands, wrists and forearms.
Plus the neoprene material itself is flexible. So while the arthritis knuckle orthotic supports and guides one’s fingers, some degree of movement is still allowed.
Treatment for Ulnar Drift
The displacement of one’s fingers known as ulnar drift or ulnar deviation is a debilitating, frustrating occurrence associated with arthritis—mainly rheumatoid arthritis, but also osteoarthritis. Besides the “windswept” appearance of one’s fingers toward the pinky, symptoms of ulnar drift include pain, inflamed knuckles, difficulty straightening one’s fingers to their full extent and joint stiffness. And as the ulnar deviation progresses, it will become increasingly difficult to grip and pinch things.
Unfortunately the displaced fingers compound the problem as their atypical position increases stress on the joint. Therefore, it is important to do all that one can to slow the progression of the joint deformity.
Wearing an ulnar deviation splint like this can help slow the shifting of one’s fingers. The knuckle support brace helps maintain neutral alignment of the joints at the base of one’s fingers. Doing so can also improve the strength and function of one’s hands.
In addition, the neoprene hand brace can reduce stiffness and pain in the morning. The warming arthritis brace for the hand is quite soothing to sore knuckles.
Employing other arthritic aids can also help lessen stress on one’s joints. This might include using tools such as an electric can opener, button hooks and grip adapters, to name just a few. It is also important to modify one’s activity to minimize or eliminate time spent doing activities that are particularly stressful to the hands.
However, that does not mean one should rest one’s hands altogether. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says, “physical activity can reduce pain and improve function, mobility, mood, and quality of life for most adults with many types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and lupus.”
This reinforces the benefit of turning to a flexible RA hand brace like this that preserves the mobility of one’s fingers.
Cold and heat treatment, physical therapy, supplements and medications are often incorporated into treating various forms of arthritis. See a medical professional for guidance as to the best plan of action.
Brace for Arthritic Hand Pain and Ulnar Drift
This hand splint for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and more is a great solution for slowing the progression of ulnar drift and easing any discomfort. Following is a list of its features.
- Brace for arthritis pain in the hands supports the MP joints
- Ulnar drift orthotic maintains neutral alignment of the knuckles
- Preserves mobility of the finger by leaving much of them free
- Flexible ulnar deviation brace still allows some degree of movement
- Soft-loop neoprene hand splint is soft and holds in warmth
- Warming hand brace soothes sore, stiff finger joints
- Arthritic hand support Improves strength and function of one’s hand
- Contact closure of the arthritis finger support can be easily secured
- Indications: Arthritis (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis), ulnar drift treatment
- Brace to slow ulnar deviation comes in a simple black color
- Latex-free splint for knuckle pain
- Soft brace for ulnar deviation can be worn during the day or at night
|Small/Medium||2 1/2" - 3 1/2"|
|Medium/Large||3 1/2" - 4 1/2"|