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NonDrug Pain Management Ideas: Compression Gloves

For those who suffer from arthritic problems of the hands, life can be a real struggle.  Everyday tasks become everyday challenges: everything from turning knobs to opening jars to fastening buttons...and everything else that you do with your hands...is a painful, difficult problem.  It is easy for those of us who don't have this struggle to take these things for granted.

There is a product on the marketplace that can help someone with the pain and swelling that they may be experiencing from arthritis in the hands. The purpose of this product is to provide mild compression, helping to relieve pain and swelling to all those bony joints! Thus I bring you to today's non drug pain management idea: compression gloves.  These are pretty easy to find on the Internet if you are interested in purchasing a pair. Medical supply stores may also be able to assist with this.


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In addition to exercise, there are a few more non drug treatments that come to mind for those who are dealing with arthritis of the hands. These ideas are great things to try when you are having more discomfort than usual.  They are not necessarily a panacea, but they are worth a try.
The first one that comes to mind is hot/cold applications, (aka contrast hydrotherapy), which I wrote about very recently.  You can go back to that blog post by clicking the link above.

The second idea that comes to mind is heat application, which is another of my earlier posts.  At the time I was not writing specifically about osteoarthritis of the hands, as it is a useful tool for many pain conditions.  Related to this idea--but perhaps more appropriate for hands or feet--is the spa-like treatment of a paraffin dip.  



Last but not least, compression gloves can help to reduce pain and swelling in the bony joints of the hands.  They are available from a number of internet sites and medical supply stores…