Arthritis Gloves and Bracelets for Psoriatic Arthritis

Reviewed by: HU Medical Review Board | Last reviewed: August 2022

When dealing with chronic, painful conditions like psoriatic arthritis (PsA), many people look outside of traditional medical therapies to get relief from their symptoms. Two therapies commonly tried are arthritis gloves and bracelets.1

Arthritis gloves

Some people with arthritis use arthritis gloves. The gloves’ compression technology helps increase blood flow in the hands, which gives added warmth. This also may help reduce pain, stiffness, and swelling caused by arthritis.1

These gloves are easily worn and can be used day or night. The fingers may be open so the compression does not extend to the distal joints at the ends of the fingers.1

While these gloves are a safe treatment to try, experts are not sure whether they actually reduce pain, stiffness, and swelling. A 2021 study found no evidence that this treatment is helpful.2

Magnetic or copper bracelets

You may have heard that magnetic or copper bracelets are helpful for pain relief in those with arthritis. However, these theories have largely been debunked by experts.3

Some proponents of magnet therapy argue that magnets help improve the circulation of iron in the blood. The magnets are thought to send vital nutrients to sore joints. Some people with arthritis claim copper bracelets help reduce their pain and stiffness.3

But multiple studies have reported that there is no evidence proving these bracelets work to reduce arthritis pain or stiffness. People who have found them helpful may have thought they worked simply because they expected them to. This is called the placebo effect.3

It is also worth noting that while copper is safe to wear, some people have temporary rashes or sensitivity from the metal. These side effects of copper may make skin symptoms worse.4

Be your own decision maker

It is up to you whether to try arthritis gloves or magnetic or copper bracelets for help with your PsA symptoms. While they are safe to try, they should not replace any other treatment or medicine you may be taking. Make sure to stick with your prescribed treatment regimen. Always talk with your doctor before starting any new or alternative therapy options.3

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