Splinting the juvenile arthritic wrist: a clinical observation

Paul J M Helders, Janjaap van Der Net, Marianne K Nieuwenhuis

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Hand function in children is very important in the development of skills needed for daily childhood activities; therefore, preserving this function warrants special attention. One of the interventions aiming to preserve functionis splinting of the affected wrist joint. The rationale for the use of splinting is to balance rest and activity, therebypreserving wrist function. However, the evidence-based knowledge to support this rationale is scarce. To determine the validity of “balancing rest and activity of the affected wrists to preserve function,” we reviewed ourown data, data in the literature regarding rheumatic wrist problems in children, and data from a 15-year followup study of rheumatic wrist problems in an adult cohort of our adult rheumatology counterpart within the medicalcenter.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-103
Number of pages5
JournalArthritis and Rheumatism
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2002


  • adults
  • juvenile arthritis
  • children
  • complications
  • hand deformities
  • radiography
  • splints
  • wrist Joint
  • diagnostic imaging


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