Rings to Alleviate Arthritis

Photo: Silver Ring Splints

The ring splints can flex back
deformed fingers; © University of

Researchers at University of Southampton found that silver ring splints are effective in controlling hyperextension deformity of finger joints, which is common in individuals with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

These silver ring splints are elegant rings, which have replaced bulky, plastic ones and are worn to give joints back their stability. They are stronger and more durable than the plastic ones.

The paper which was awarded the Arthritis Research Campaign Silver Medal at the British Society of Rheumatology’s annual meeting, was honoured for its interdisciplinary approach.

According to the researchers, the team has worked efficiently together to ensure that the project has fulfilled its remit to carry out innovative scientific research that is applied directly to real issues and concerns that are affecting patients’ daily lives.

“This award demonstrates what can be done when people work across disciplines,’ said Dr Metcalf. ‘These silver ring splints have been commercially available in different parts of the world for a while. Men and women wear them and they look a lot nicer than the plastic alternatives currently available – which means people are more likely to wear them.”

An Occupational Therapist at Royal Hampshire County Hampshire added: "In fact I saw two patients this week who really do appreciate these splints. One is ordering three more for her little finger and both thumbs after having seven silver splints for at least five years for her other fingers, but the other can’t as unfortunately her skin is too delicate, but both can see the benefit."

MEDICA.de; Source: University of Southampton