Do I need a Wrist Support or Splint
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Wrist Supports or Wrist Splints are for people who need protection and support for painful, swollen, or weak joints. They can relieve symptoms of conditions such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Arthritis, Wrist Tendonitis (De Quervain syndrome), fractures, sprains and strains.
What is the difference between a wrist splint and wrist support?
A wrist splint or wrist brace has a light weight metal palmar bar running under the wrist and into the palmar crease, to prevent the wrist from bending.
A wrist splint is supported and held in the neutral position reducing the strain on the tendons. The wrist splint is excellent for conditions such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, providing the optimum support without pressing on the median nerve and aggravating symptoms.
Wearers of the splint experience a more restful sleep as the wrist is restrained from flexing, reducing pain and numbness.
Wrist supports or guards can be worn during activities where full flexibility is required. From gardening to playing tennis, guards offer wearers full motion in the wrist plus dependable support.
These supports have no metal splint, gaining their support through strong elasticated straps, which wrap round the wrist for suitable compression.
What wrist support is right for me?
With so many versions available differing in colour, material, or support it may seem challenging to find the right one for you. Each type offers a different level of support and comfort, so it is important to consider the following:
- Should I get a Splint or Support? This depends on the condition. Generally a splint gives a higher level of support and speeds up the healing process. This is ideal for night time use however can be worn during the day enabling you to carry out most daily activities. Wrist Splints are ideal for conditions such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Sprains, or Wrist Tendonitis. A Wrist Support Guard is ideal for sports or activities that require full flexibility in the wrist.
- What material is the support made of? Actesso supplies neoprene, elastic, cotton & foam wrist supports.
- What type of fastening does the support have? Hook and Loop straps support the brace, the number may vary from three to five. Individual preference and medical requirements will influence your choice.
- Is the splint removable? All of the Actesso Wrist Splints have removable palmar bars, ideal for easy cleaning.
- Is the brace aesthetically pleasing? If the support is to be worn all day, decide which colour or design you would be most comfortable with.
- What range of sizes are there? Choosing the correct size is key. The support should provide a happy balance of support and comfort. Actesso’s supports come in a variety of sizes to ensure a customised fit. Measure your wrist circumference and use the size guide to help you. Alternatively, call our Actesso team who will be delighted to guide you.
Can I wear a wrist splint during the day or just at night?
We strongly recommend that you speak with your doctor for diagnosis and recommendations for usage of any wrist support. Supports and splints can provide pain relief at night-time or in the day, depending on your condition. Carpal Tunnel sufferers often wear their supports at night-time, when the symptoms can be most severe, whereas other conditions may only be aggravated during activity.
Most daily tasks can be performed whilst wearing wrist splints although for sports use or activities where full flexibility in the wrist is required, we recommend our range of wrist guards. The guards do not include a metal palmar bar.
Best practices and care of your support
- Hand wash and air dry the support regularly
- Avoid extreme activities which may place undue stress on its infrastructure.
- Remove the support after one hour of first use to check for a reaction to the material and ensure that you are applying the correct amount of pressure
- If you suffer from allergies please call our team for advice.
- Gentle exercises can help. Speak to your doctor to check what is suitable for you.
- Replace your support when you see signs that it is no longer functional.
- Do not wear a support when it is no longer needed.
- The metal palmar bar is designed to keep your wrist in the neutral position. It can be adjusted to suit your individual requirements
- Consult your medical practitioner if the pain, injury, or condition persists.
Consult your doctor
The information on this page is for reference purposes only and does not constitute medical advice or opinion. We recommend consulting a qualified healthcare professional for diagnosis or treatment.
They will advise on the correct support or splint for the injury and guide you on when to wear it.