arthritis gloves

Arthritis or therapeutic gloves are used by many arthritis sufferers and are often recommended by therapists. But do arthritis gloves work? In the article below, we look at the evidence.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes pain, joint stiffness and swelling. It can be a debilitating condition. Many therapists recommend wearing arthritis gloves as an additional treatment method for rheumatoid arthritis.

Arthritis gloves are convenient and simple to use. They slip onto your hands and leave your fingers free to move in the usual way. They can help to ease the pain caused by arthritis and restore more movement.

What Are Arthritis Gloves and What Do They Help With?

The gloves used for arthritis are a compression glove that is made out of elastic, tight material. The arthritis gloves can help with the following:

  • provide mild compression to your hands, which helps decrease swelling and stiffness.
  • keep your hands warm. People with arthritis often find that their condition gets worse in cold weather.
  • improve your circulation by exerting gentle pressure on your hands.
  • alleviate pain.
  • improve finger flexibility and strength of grip.

Types of arthritis gloves:

  • Thermal gloves that keep your hands warm.
  • Glove splints that give your hands extra support.
  • Compression gloves provide pressure to the hands
  • Combination gloves aim to provide a mixture of the above features.

 If you are thinking of buying a pair then you need to determine which type may work best for you.

It is recommended that they are worn for around eight hours a day. You can opt to wear them during the night or during the day while you are doing your daily activities.


Do Arthritis Gloves Work?

  • Anecdotal evidence suggests that many people find arthritis gloves help with the pain and swelling associated with this condition. They also appear to help restore some degree of mobility to their fingers.
  • There have only been a small number of clinical trials carried out in this area. This research has been conducted on patients wearing the gloves at night only.
  • The published evidence shows that wearing arthritis gloves could have a beneficial effect on patients with RA. Participants reported a reduction in pain, stiffness, and swelling. However, the researchers were unsure of the exact mechanisms that bring about these positive benefits.
  • A 2014 study published in the journal Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Disease found that arthritis gloves helped reduce pain, swelling, and stiffness in a group of patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
  • However, it has been suggested that how much they help is dependent on each person’s condition and how they use the gloves. Make sure your gloves fit correctly. If they’re too tight or too lose you won’t get any benefit from wearing them. Ask your doctor or therapist if you need help or advice with the fit.



Evidence of the beneficial effects of arthritis gloves is limited. Studies that have been conducted focused on patients who wore the gloves overnight. The evidence indicated that overnight use of arthritis gloves reduced pain and stiffness in people with RA. It appears that these gloves may help some people if used correctly. However, more research is needed.