Choosing wrist & thumb supports
There are various types of wrist supports, splints and braces. But which one is the right one for you? That all depends on whether you have a particular injury and the level of support you need.
Wrist supports & braces for specific injuries
We recommend the following wrist supports for these common wrist injuries:
A sprained wrist is a tear of any of the small ligaments in the joint. It can often be difficult to distinguish between a sprain and a strain (of the tendon which joins muscle to bone). They are basically treated the same way.
Immediate first aid is to apply the PRICE principles of protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation.
The Neoprene wrist wrap is ideal for mild to moderate wrist sprains. It wraps around the wrist securely protecting your wrist from further injury. The wrap around design means you can adjust the amount of compression to suit. Compression along with cold therapy helps reduce pain and swelling during the acute phase just after injury.
Later as you recover the neoprene helps retain body heat which increases blood flow, aiding the healing process.
Another option is the Advanced Ultimate Compression Wrist Splint. The is made of elastic so will not retain body heat so well. However, it is likely to be more comfortable when worn for longer periods of time. You can also reduce the level of support it gives as your injury heals by removing the metal stay.
Carpal Tunnel Wrist Splint
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition caused by compression of the median nerve. Symptoms include chronic wrist pain, numbness, pins, and needles.
The Carpal tunnel wrist splint is specifically designed to support and immobilise the wrist, allowing it to heal. It has a rigid aluminium stay which supports the wrist in a neutral position. Adjustable straps mean you can vary the compression to suit your own preference.
Wrist supports for tendonitis
Wrist tendonitis is inflammation of any of the tendons which pass along the wrist. Most commonly it is a chronic, long term injury so the term wrist tendinopathy is probably more appropriate.
The Neoprene wrist wrap is an excellent support for wrist tendonitis because it supports the joint through compression and is made of neoprene. Neoprene retains body heat which is important for treating chronic tendon injuries.
The most common thumb sprain occurs when your thumb is bent backwards, damaging the joint at the base of your thumb (known as the metacarpophalangeal joint or MCP).
The Thumb Stabiliser is a specially designed wrist and thumb support that helps prevent your thumb from bending backwards following an MCP sprain. The metal splints along the thumb provide support along with adjustable straps.
Types of wrist supports
Here we explain the different types of wrist brace.
Neoprene wrist supports
Neoprene is a rubber based material. Its elastic properties mean it is great for applying compression. It also retains body heat, which increases blood flow aiding the healing process. Neoprene is particularly appropriate for chronic tendon injuries (wrist sprains) because tendons work better when kept warm.
A wrist splint is simply a name commonly given to a wrist brace or support that fixes the wrist in position, usually straight. They are commonly used for Carpal tunnel syndrome and wrist fractures where a full cast isn't indicated. Wrist splints have solid metal spoons or stays to 'splint' the wrist in place, preventing movement.
A splint for the wrist is also used if you have a severe sprain or fracture. it is important to immobilise the wrist joint to allow injured tissues to heal.
A wrist wrap is just a name sometimes given for a support that wraps around the wrist. Although very simple in design they are highly effective because the amount of support or compression can be adjusted by the wearer. They are also very easy to apply.
The Thumb Support Brace is designed to protect and immobilise the joint at the base of the thumb (known as the mtp joint). This is commonly injured when the thumb is bent backwards resulting in ligament sprains.
Ultimate Performance have designed a selection of products to support injured, sprained or strained elbows and wrists. Available in different sizes, styles and materials to suit all requirements. All our supports are graded by support level. Level 1: Basic, Level 2: Moderate, Level 3: Pro and Level 4: Maximum.
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