Frohlich, L., Wesley, A., Wallen, M. & Bundy, A. (2012). Effects of neoprene wrist/hand splints on handwriting for students with joint hypermobility syndrome: A single system design study. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics,32(3), 243-255. United Kingdom: Haworth Press Inc.. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.3109/01942638.2011.622035
Purpose: Pain associated with hypermobility of wrist and hand joints can contribute to decreased handwriting output. This study examined the effectiveness of a neoprene wrist/hand splint in reducing pain and increasing handwriting speed and endurance for students with joint hypermobility syndrome. Methods: Multiple baseline, single system design (SSD) methodology was used. Four ninth grade students with handwriting difficulties because of joint hypermobility syndrome participated in this study. Results: Visual and statistical (two standard deviation band method) analyses indicated a significant decrease in handwriting speed when using the splint for three out of four participants. No significant change in pain or endurance was noted during intervention. There was a significant decrease in pain following withdrawal of the splint for three participants. Conclusion: Evidence from this study does not support use of this particular splint for decreasing pain and increasing handwriting speed and endurance for ninth grade students with joint hypermobility syndrome.
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