Orthoses, Upper Limb, Finger, Carpo-Metacarpal/Metacarpo-Phalangeal Joint, Functional, Thumb Spica

Definition : Functional carpo-metacarpal/metacarpo-phalangeal (CMC/MCP) joint orthoses designed to make possible and/or improve the functional activities of the thumb joints during common daily activities. These devices also facilitate active thumb use and functional use of the hand. These orthoses (known as thumb spica orthosis) typically consist of semi-rigid devices that place the thumb in the abducted position, opposed to the fingers. Both thumb spica orthoses that only encompass the hand and orthoses that encircle the lower part of the forearm are also available. Thumb spica orthoses are used mainly during daily activities to improve functional use of the hand and/or to reduce pain after injuries. The orthoses may be also used to prevent thumb deformities (e.g., swan-neck and/or boutonniere types) in arthritis patients.

Entry Terms : "Thumb Spica Carpo-Metacarpal Joint Orthoses" , "Thumb Spica Metacarpo-Phalangeal Joint Orthoses" , "Thumb Spica Orthoses"

UMDC code : 28775

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