Can Copper Hands Gloves Help With Arthritis?

Peripheral neuropathy can cause hand pain.
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Copper Hands are compression gloves that have copper fibers included. They are marketed through infomercials and bear the "As Seen on TV" logo. While some consumer reviews are positive, wearing copper jewelry has long been shown to have no clinical effect on arthritis. Gloves with copper filaments are unlikely to give relief for arthritis pain other than by the placebo effect.

Claims, but No Clinical Evidence

The infomercial for Copper Hands presented it as an arthritis glove with the purported benefits of copper. The manufacturer's website provided these bits of information. (The website was not reachable as of the end of 2015, although the gloves continue to be marketed through major retailers and Amazon.)

  • "Copper Hands help with arthritis, injuries, and repetitive motion pains that can arise in your hands and joints. It is also beneficial for stiffness and swelling."
  • "Compression gloves put continuous pressure on the area in pain, which helps circulate blood flow. In turn, you will feel pain relief in your muscles and joints."

There were no scientific studies provided to support the claims that copper and compression relieve arthritis pain.

Product Design

Copper Hands have a fingerless design, which allows you to continue with your usual activities while wearing them. You can wear them all day, and at night as well. They have grip dots on the palm

The Copper Hands gloves are made of:

  • 90 percent cotton
  • 5 percent copper
  • 5 percent spandex

The gloves come in two sizes: S/M for small or medium hands and L/XL for larger hands.

Copper Hands is one of many products marketed by Telebrands, Inc. This is the same company that markets the Hurricane Mop, Stone Wave, and the Pocket Hose.

Consumer Reviews

The consumer reviews for Copper Hands on are a mixed bag and their overall rating has decreased over the years. In 2014, 60 percent of reviewers gave it a four-star or five-star rating. But as of 2018 that had dropped to only 32 percent giving it those ratings while almost 60 percent gave them two-star or one-star ratings.

The five-star raters say Copper Hands:

  • "Eases the pain."
  • "Helps with the pain in my fingers."
  • "Made my hands felt great in less than one week."

Here's what the two-star raters had to say about Copper Hands:

  • "Don't notice any improvement."
  • "Waste of money."
  • "Had mine for a week...stitching came undone...poor quality."

Placebo Effect

The Arthritis Foundation notes that copper jewelry doesn't ease arthritis, so copper fibers in gloves are unlikely to be effective. If there is no clinical evidence Copper Hands works, why did almost 60 percent of consumers give a four- or five-star rating? The answer might be the placebo effect. This means you may experience a beneficial health outcome that simply results from your belief a product, medication or procedure will help you. The placebo effect can be effective in providing relief from pain, but it is not due to the design of the product.

If you tried Copper Hands and think the manufacturer's made false claims or you have issues with your order, contact your Better Business Bureau for advice.

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