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Letter to the Editor on “Comparative Effectiveness of Orthoses for Thumb Osteoarthritis: A Systematic Review and Network Meta-analysis”

Published:October 29, 2020DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2020.08.018
      The article “Comparative Effectiveness of Orthoses for Thumb Osteoarthritis: A Systematic Review and Network Meta-analysis” brings a new look to an essential question for physicians and therapists seeing clients with thumb osteoarthritis (CMC-OA). The authors aimed to answer a much-debated question of whether specific orthoses are better for individuals living with CMC-OA. After presenting a comprehensive analysis of randomized controlled trials published in the past 20 years, their results suggest that long orthoses are better suited to provide pain relief, whereas their short counterparts can substantially improve hand function.
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