Five Stars!!!! Review by anonymous artist
I have moderate arthritis of my left thumb (carpometacarpal) and it is fairly easily treated with NSAID's, thumb exercises and thumb massage. My biggest problem is that I am a serious amateur pianist. Even with analgesics, I had been uncomfortable with certain passages at the piano, and the Mueller thumb brace was not helpful in that situation. The push metagrip thumb brace is beautifully designed, minimal in appearance and bulk, leaves the thumb free to move, and I'm very satisfied with it. I can play tiring music with this support. The only limitation at the piano so far is scale passages where there is some tucking of the thumb below the other fingers as one moves up or down. Current piano teaching tries to minimize that, but some is unavoidable. However, repeated thumb strikes as in repeated octaves are well handled by this brace. Ten years of thought and experiment went into the design of this brace, and I regard it as a terrific achievement.
(Posted on 3/15/2017)
Still working thanks to the Pushsplint Review by Patty
Couldn't even perform at my job. Told I needed surgery and injections were not working. Tried the push splint on recommendation of a hand specialist. I can perform my job, wash my hands with it on ,(I am a health care provider) and perform most of my daily activities. I love it. You have nothing to lose. Try it!!! You'll be glad you did. Thanks Handlab!!! Highest praises for the Push splint.
(Posted on 2/17/2017)
awesome product Review by sissy currey
my husband bought this for me. i have osteoarthritis in my left thumb. after the first day of wearing it the pain has eased up. i can open things now. i couldnt even cook without tears in my eyes because it hurt so bad to stir things up. but now im able to do that. i could barely pick laundry up and put them in the washer or dryer. you are a god sent. thank you so much. the only complaint i have is the straps could have been made a little better. maybe more cushioned. i have to wear a piece of fabric underneath it to keep it from breaking me out because when i sweat i get red under them. but other than that good product.
(Posted on 2/10/2017)
Life-Changing Brace!! Review by Jami
I have suffered with CMC issues for over 10 years. I work for a physical therapy clinic and have been able to use ultrasound, paraffin baths, and ice massage, as needed, for my pain. The pain had gotten so bad a year ago that I finally sought out the expertise of a hand surgeon. He was SHOCKED when he saw my x-rays! He told me my thumb was "junk", and asked how I have been living with it this way for so long. He told me I was most definitely the poster girl for surgery. I was covering for 4 of our physical therapy clinics at that time and could not afford to lose the use of my left hand for any period of time. He told me he would "try" an injection, but would only do it under fluoroscopy, and that more than likely, it wouldn't work, but he was willing to try and buy me some time and hope for some relief. Needless to say, I have no joint space left. He poked my hand 5 times before finally being able to slip in, ever so slightly, on his 6th try. He couldn't even get enough of the medication pushed into the area to even be effective. Long story short, he told me I was most definitely going to need surgery in order to ever have any sort of relief or function back. The OT at my clinic made me a custom splint to wear to try and give me some relief and she said it would also be the splint I would use post-op. It was an extremely cumbersome piece to wear. It was rock hard and went from my knuckles on my entire hand almost to my elbow and didn't allow for any mobility at all. Worst of all, it really provided no relief to me in the least. I was supposed to have had my surgery in January, but switched jobs last July and did not want to take time off from my new job. I started researching anything and everything to do with CMC issues on the internet and came across an article where the PUSH Brace was mentioned. I then followed the yellow brick road which led me to Oz!!! I was hesitant at first, as I didn't want to spend the money on something that I was almost certain was most likely not going to work for me, but I kept going back to it and looking at it and reading about it. Needless to say, I bit the bullet and ordered one about 2 weeks ago. I AM AMAZED!! The EASE of fitting and using this brace is out of this world! It fits me SO comfortably, that it literally feels like part of my hand. I don't feel like I am wearing anything at all and I have complete mobility and usage of my left hand! I honestly have not had any pain since receiving this brace and using it on a daily basis. I have even been able to quit taking Ibuprofen on a daily basis! I have already sung the praises of the brace to literally everyone I know! And, working in the physical therapy industry, I am excited to be able to share my story with our patients and give them an alternative to surgery! I can't thank you enough for your wonderful product! Thank you for giving me my mobility, as well as my life back! This has literally been life-changing for me!
(Posted on 2/9/2017)
Independence Restored ! Review by Kathryn Catalona
Horses and ranch life left me w/ arthritis both thumbs. Depression at being unable to do normal activities LIFTED with PUSH braces.
LOVE these braces !!! They let me ride my horse, manage chores, and manage normal household / personal daily tasks. My thumbs might be arthritic... but PUSH braces let me live as though my hands were almost normal ! Thank you Hand Lab for restoring my independence.
(Posted on 1/21/2017)
GOLF GAME IS BACK Review by Adrienne
I cannot say enough about this wonderful brace. I am an avid golfer with severe arthritis in my thumbs. I usually play 4 times per week however when my arthritic thumbs deteriorated, I found I could not play at all. I had cortisone shots and tried several different braces with no improvement. Cortisone shots reduced the pain but not enough to return to golf. I decided to try the PUSH META GRIP. It has been a BLESSING to say the least. I can now play golf again. Wearing this brace, the pain disappears. It realigns the joint so that the two bones stop rubbing together and the pain disappears. I call it my 'miracle' brace because it has returned me to the game of golf. I wear it almost all the time now. I feel so fortunate to have it.
(Posted on 12/14/2016)
Alexandra the Great Review by Lori
After searching the Web for a replacement for my aging Push thumb brace, I called Hand Lab directly to get more specific information on my model.
I spoke with Alex, a delightful representative who informed me that the specific model I wanted was not offered in the US. Instead of letting me search internationally, she told me she would send me specific information. Within a day of speaking to her, I found the full details and phone number of the companies she had mentioned on the phone.
I am so impressed by Alex's gentle kindness and assistance. She went above and beyond my expectations and for that caring effort, I applaud her and the fine company she represents.
Thank you, Alexandra. You deserve recognition.
(Posted on 12/2/2016)
Review by suzanne
I am a nurse, has worked great for me, thought I might have to quit working, Took pain away, injection doctor gave did not work for me. Thank you Handlab.
(Posted on 11/30/2016)
As a retired occupational therapist I am very impressed! I have regained my upper body strength! Review by Lois
I am a retired occupational therapist with CMC pain in both thumbs and I was anxious to try the Push splint after it was recommended to me by a hand occupational therapist. I purchased a right and left Push splint 2 months ago after the pain in my thumbs got worse over the past year. I was concerned about causing more damage to my CMC joints. However, what concerned me even more was that I had lost a great deal of upper body strength due to the pain and my inactivity over the past year. I was to the point where I could not lift hardly anything, even items that were relatively lightweight and I could not open any containers. I wear my splints all day while working around the house and yard and have regained my strength and am able to do everything I could do several years ago. I am very Impressed!
(Posted on 11/6/2016)
Absolutely the best Review by John
I purchased the Push MetaGrip last February on advice of my doctor. I was planning on having surgery this coming January, but now I'm thinking I may not need to. When I'm wearing the Push MetaGrip, I am able to use my right hand and thumb with little or no pain. It really does the job.
(Posted on 10/27/2016)
The BEST thing I've found for CMC arthritis!!! Review by Deb R.
I am so incredibly pleased with my purchase!! These push meta grip braces are the BEST!!! I bought one for each hand. They work so well at keeping my CMC joint immobilized. I am a phlebotomist and there are many ways I twist and turn my hands which caused that terrible pain. Now however, while I have my braces on, I do not feel that pain!! Gloves fit nicely over them and I can sanitize them easily. They also can be washed in the washing machine so I'm able to keep them clean. The fit is great too and they are very comfortable.
(Posted on 10/18/2016)
Brace Review by Chic D Nurse
At first I didn't like wearing the brace, but as we all know this is a PAINFUL problem. The brace gives you the ability to move and do things that you could no longer do. Now I could not get by w/o it!! Well worth the investment.
(Posted on 9/20/2016)
Artist who uses hands with repetitive motion daily Review by cincour
This device has allowed me to work comfortably all day long doing the work of leaded glass panels. If anyone has done stained glass they know the strain of leading windows, as a 30 year artist, I can now get through the day without severe pain and swelling. I am back to buy one for my left hand as both hands are necessary for my craft. I can really work and use my hands with out any hindrance from the MetaGrip. Great product. Thanks!
(Posted on 9/10/2016)
Fabulous! Review by ruth
I've been wearing MetaGrip braces on both hands for almost a year and they are great! They were referred by my ortho doc after using larger, bulky braces. They are so comfortable and really reduce pain that I often forget I am wearing them. The HandLab is great to work with as well. I had issues with the velcro on the first set I purchased and HandLab was quick to ensure that the braces were replaced with newer ones with better velcro. Their customer service is friendly, helpful and thorough!
(Posted on 8/15/2016)
Awesome Review by Jana
This brace is the best thing ever for someone that has arthritis.
(Posted on 8/9/2016)
Great product, great customer service! Review by Ellen
Not only is this brace really helping my hand, but the customer service is also fabulous! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the product or the company.
(Posted on 7/30/2016)
Helps so much! Review by Ana
This helps my thumb immensely. If I don't wear it my whole hand hurts. This is a great product.
(Posted on 7/15/2016)
It works! Review by Lori
I agree with Chris' review: "The product is very good but could be improved upon by increasing the quality of the velcro straps. Mine have worn out and do not hold." Same for me. I bought some velcro but haven't sewn it on yet. The brace itself is awesome. My thumb pain has gone way down. I can tell a difference when I don't wear the brace. It DOES help. Thanks for keeping me from having surgery!
(Posted on 6/20/2016)
Excellent product. Review by Chris
These add great support to my hands. The product is very good but could be improved upon by increasing the quality of the velcro straps. Mine have worn out and do not hold. I have worn my right hand grip off and on for about 4-5 months. Getting them wet at times ( from washing it and housework) may have contributed to them wearing out. I have made some adjustments to the one I wear the most(my right hand) currently so I can use it for gardening, etc., but am ordering another.I would suggest getting two in the future. One would be for housework and yard work, the other for when going about the rest of your day (driving, shopping, working). This way you can keep one looking clean and not "so worn" when out in public. Mine is getting a bit shabby looking. I would highly recommend this product. My hands feel supported and I am attempting to avoid hand surgery suggested by a hand surgeon as well as an orthopedic surgeon (whom I went to first). Thank you for your product!
(Posted on 5/26/2016)
Review by HR
I received and began using my Push MetaGrip 2 days ago. I purchased this because I was not able to do simple things like pull socks on or hold my coffee cup without pain. It's only been 2 days and I already notice a difference. I'm not pain free but, I hope after wearing the brace a little longer I will be. My only complaint is - there are 4 little vent(?) holes in the metal insert and it's not as smooth as it could be on the inside. I kept feeling something poking into my skin. I felt the inside of the brace with my fingers and it feels like a little bit of plastic wasn't smoothed out enough when it was made. I don't want to damage it but, I think I will have to get some super fine sandpaper and smooth it out.
(Posted on 5/8/2016)
No more pain! Review by Terri
They are here!! My hand pain has gone from 5/10 to 2/10. I love that I can wear at work (wound care nurse) under gloves and easily sanitized. No more huge pain when cutting stiff dressings. Thanks so much for these!!!!!
(Posted on 2/24/2016)
Finally, relief for sore thumbs Review by Doc Bob
After having several steroid injections, I decided to find a better solution to the painful joint at the base of my thumbs. I found the Handlab Push Metagrip brace on-line and decided to try same. After strapping the brace on, I went about my daily activities and to my delight found I could do most tasks painlessly. I can even wear the small brace under my golf glove and play painlessly (if not well). Might give it a try if you've been plagued by CMC arthritis (at the base of the thumb).
(Posted on 2/20/2016)
Thank you! Review by Kim C
I wish to send a sincere thank you to the representatives at hand lab for having the Push Metagrip CMC thumb brace available in the US. I have tried at least 10 different thumb splints over the past 10 years and this one is the one that's really making a big difference in my life. At one time I thought that I was not going to be able to continue to work as a psychologist due to the extensive amount of typing I’m required to do. The thumb pain was so terrible to the point that I had to begin to consider no longer working in the field that I so love. Now that I have the push brace, I am able to type like I'm 22 years old again. Being that I’m in my mid 40's and my joint issue began in my 30's I’m so thank for that I have been able to purchase such a high quality item. I was actually diagnosed with osteoarthritis at the ripe age of 32 and ever since then I’ve had to struggle with sharp, grinding like pain. The issue began in my left hand and I completely over used my right hand so much that I now have the arthritis in my right thumb as well. Thankfully my left hand is in remission and now my right hand/thumb is the one that I am wearing the push brace on.
Again, I cannot say enough about this product. So, if you are considering getting one customers, please invest the money and get one, you will be ever so thankful.
Kim C. From Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
(Posted on 2/16/2016)
Amazing! Review by Cajun Lady
I have arthritis in the base joint of my thumb. Have been using the PUSH brace for several years upon the recommendations of two different orthopedic doctors. One of them said her father had the thumb surgery and after his experience, recommended I use the brace as long as possible (her word - lifetime) instead of the surgery. Love the fact I can wash and sterilize it and it dries fast. Definitely durable - I have one for work as well as one that I use outside for working in my flowers. Without them, I would be in constant pain~
(Posted on 2/12/2016)
Great brace Review by northwest
I have been using one of these for about 4 years and works great. I work in the construction industry and the work very well when wearing gloves. Easy to clean and durable I'm still using my first one but on its last leg and just received a new one from the doctors. The only problem I found was from sliding my gloves on and off it started to pull the cloth strap off where it is attached to the plastic. I just wrapped a piece of Duct tape around that area and problem solved.
(Posted on 2/4/2016)
Regain function, lose the pain Review by Mel
I have EDS, and only recently understood just how my bendy thumb was contributing to my bi-lateral hand pain. I use the MetaGrip all the time now, and it helps with everyday activities as well as my work. I can type better with it on. And, more critically, I used the MetaGrip while on a pro photo shoot, and it literally transformed how I could do my job as a photographer. The MetaGrip was sturdy enough to keep the crippling, end-of-shoot pain at bay; it kept my thumb from bending all the way back due to the pressure of the hefty camera and lens. Meanwhile, the low-profile of the MetaGrip meant I could use the camera more easily than with the bulky, OT-fashioned equivalents; and, that same low-profile design means I can easily obfuscate the brace by wearing lacy fingerless gloves. Sure, I have a bit of an '80s-Madonna-era fashion vibe going, but in professional environments that beats showing off the bracing required to do your job. I already have two pair and plan to buy at least one more pair, so I can always a set at the ready, no matter what the task. I only wish I'd found these sooner.
(Posted on 1/20/2016)
AMAZING! Review by Carol
I have been fitting my patient's with MetaGrip orthotics since they first became available. I work near hospitals and get referral for health care providers who have been unable to use other devices because of needing to glove over them. They all find get some relief from the devices and I have not had one returned because it was not effective. Recently I developed CMCJ pain myself and thought I would give it a try...and it has done wonders!!! Thank you Judy Colditz for inventing this amazing device!
(Posted on 1/12/2016)
So Much Relief Review by Sunny63
Wearing this brace allowed me to function normally, at work and play. I no longer had the sharp, stabbing pains in my hand/wrist/thumb. What a relief. My only regret is that it took me a year to find this brace.
(Posted on 12/24/2015)
Love These Review by Lu
Both my hands are arthritic and these braces are great. I love that they are small, and that they can get wet and be washed. My only wish is that they came in black, and or a neutral tone rather than the gray
(Posted on 12/3/2015)
Excellent product Review by Jane
This thumb brace has made it possible for me (69 year old female) to keep working at a job that I love. It gives me the support that I need to be able to do my job comfortably. Thank you for this wonderful product.
(Posted on 12/1/2015)
I'm a GYN Review by Andrea
I could not work on a day to day basis without the metagrip. Thanks to a genetic predisposition, both of my hands are affected. I have several pairs and clean them often. They fit easily under gloves. Many of my patients have a similar need and are very satisfied with the metagrip. FYI, I have had surgery on one hand but still need the metagrip to relieve pain! Thank you!!
(Posted on 11/8/2015)
Unbelievable relief Review by Norahs
I am missing the cartilage at the basal joint of my left thumb, and can feel it going in my right hand. Needless to say, it can be quite painful. It even hurts to hold a book. Having tried many splints, I find that they are too bulky and restrictive. This is very low profile and comfortable to wear. I saw a occupational hand therapist and was very skeptical - she was wearing one of these and let me try it on. I couldn't believe it, it was like instant relief. I ordered one for the left and right hand that night. My hand measures 7" so size 1 is just right. I am amazed at the relief this has given me. I was afraid that at some point I would no longer be able to play the ukulele and guitar anymore because of this condition, but I can play these instruments while wearing the splint!! Had I not seen the hand therapist I would have never known about this incredible splint. Other than relieving the agonizing pain, this splint allows me full freedom of my hands! I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who has pain at the base of the thumb, you will feel so much better!
(Posted on 11/5/2015)
Review by Susan
I have pretty much worn the MetaGrip every day since I bought it. Out of the box, even though I didn’t have it positioned exactly right, I had almost no pain. And I could DO things with my hand—carry a projector cart out of the closet and put it away, cook, read, get groceries—I no longer felt “disabled,” and this is so crucial. It gave me confidence in my hand as I adjusted to this new problem I hadn’t expected to develop. The brace allowed me to almost forget that I had this problem.
(Posted on 10/15/2015)
Review by Brianna
I have been recommending the metagrip to my patients who cannot wear a custom orthosis due to their job requirements. However I really had no idea how supportive they were. I just had a lateral epicondylosis patient report immediate pain relief as I am finally able to perform an effective radial head mobilization while wearing my metagrips. Thank you for a great product and for helping my practice.
(Posted on 10/7/2015)
AMAZING Review by LARRY
I recently had thumb joint surgery on my right hand. It helped, but there is still pain and the recuperation time will probably be a year.
I purchased a MetaGrip for my LEFT hand and now have no plan to get surgery. I work with my hands in my business constantly and had serious issues with both hands.
With my left hand no longer in pain, I can continue, with no 6 month downtime due to surgery
(Posted on 9/29/2015)
Review by Donna
I have been wanting to play golf but my hand hurt so bad. The MetaGrip has allowed me to play golf! I love it!
(Posted on 9/24/2015)
Review by Loretta
I have had my MetaGrip for over 2 years now and love it. I had hand surgery where a bone was removed at wrist below thumb. I had to wear it all the time after surgery to protect my thumb. I wear it when I'm working in the yard, cleaning house and task where the thumb will be getting a workout. It hurts most of the time and the brace helps protect the thumb and keeps the thumb from hurting. The best investment ever.
(Posted on 9/23/2015)
Review by John
On the recommendation of my ortho doc, I purchased a MetaGrip to reduce the pain in my right thumb when golfing. I am pleased to say that while it is slightly restrictive in gripping the club, I am able to wear it under the glove and through the support of the basal joint in the thumb, pain is not longer a factor!
(Posted on 8/20/2015)
Best Thumb Brace Period! Review by Steve
I have used the MetaGrip for about 4 months. I have not found anything that I cannot do with it on. The best thing is there is no pain. I have used four other types of thumb braces over the last several years. All of them do not eliminate the pain as good as the Metagrip. Thank you!
(Posted on 3/9/2015)