Results of Push CMC study

by Loes Cuijpers | Oct 18, 2017

Innovation in the field of research and development of braces requires a good knowledge of human anatomy and biomechanics. We keep a keen eye on scientific research in this area and, when required, we are happy to provide support for this.  This allows us to gain new and better insights which can eventually result in new or improved products.

So we are pleased to share the results of the CMC study which was carried out between 2013 and 2016 by the University Medical Centre in Groningen (UMCG). The study was published this year in the well-respected The Bone & Joint Journal.

In this study, the researchers (rehabilitation doctors) wanted to determine whether there were differences between two different types of orthoses in the treatment of patients with primary CMC I arthritis. This comparison was carried out using the Push ortho Thumb Brace and a custom made orthosis, that immobilized both the CMC I and the MCP I joints. The research focused on results relating to the degree of pain, hand function, patient satisfaction and patient preference. What were the results? Both orthoses ensured moderate pain reduction without significant differences between two. The Push CMC resulted in less restriction of the key grip and thus provided better hand function compared with the custom made orthosis. The Push CMC also achieved a better satisfaction score with patients. Most patients preferred the Push CMC for use in the future.  

Source: A E Van der Vegt et al, Bone joint J; 2017; 99-B: 237-244