Una nuova ortesi per la scrittura per pazienti affetti da artrite reumatoide

Translated title of the contribution: A new writing custom grip for arthritic patients

P. G. Benaglia, F. Piralla, F. Sartorio

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Abstract

Objective. To not aggravate the degenerative process of the structures involved and to maintain a socially-acceptable level of independence, most patients affected by Rheumatoid Arthritis need the support of aids, orthoses, or adaptive equipment. Writing is a functional activity of great importance for patient independence and numerous types of writing orthoses have been conceived, but they are not always effective. This article presents a new writing orthosis, made of a silicone material, mouldable at room temperature and directly to the fingers of the subject. Efficacy of the orthosis on pain reduction and quality of writing is evaluated in a subject affected by Rheumatoid Arthritis. Experimental Design. Technical note. Setting. The study was carried out within a Rehabilitation Center. Evaluation. The improvement in writing performance was evaluated by comparing the maximum speed and legibility of writing carried out with and without the use of the orthosis. Moreover, by means of a questionnaire, after a period of use of the orthosis, the subjective attitude towards the orthosis and its effect on pain were evaluated. Results. A significant increase in the maximum speed of writing and an improvement in its legibility were observed. The patient showed a good tolerance towards the orthosis, and reported the absence of pain during use and a marked reduction in the sensation of fatigue.

Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)111-116
Number of pages6
JournalEuropa Medicophysica
Volume32
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1996

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Orthotic Devices
Hand Strength
Arthritis
Pain
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rehabilitation Centers
Silicones
Fingers
Fatigue
Research Design
Equipment and Supplies
Temperature

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation

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Una nuova ortesi per la scrittura per pazienti affetti da artrite reumatoide. / Benaglia, P. G.; Piralla, F.; Sartorio, F.

In: Europa Medicophysica, Vol. 32, No. 2, 1996, p. 111-116.

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Benaglia, P. G. ; Piralla, F. ; Sartorio, F. / Una nuova ortesi per la scrittura per pazienti affetti da artrite reumatoide. In: Europa Medicophysica. 1996 ; Vol. 32, No. 2. pp. 111-116.
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