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What are Wrist Splints Used For?

October 27, 2017
 

What is a Wrist Splint?

Thermoplastic wrist splints have a hard structured core that prevents you from moving your wrist. A good wrist splint will apply gentle compression without inhibiting wrist movement. It keeps the wrist in a neutral or resting position. This neutral position minimized the stress and pressure on the joint and tissues. A splint is usually used when someone has a broken or fractured bone or a wrist sprain.  

When Do You Wear A Wrist Splint?

Splints, braces and supports are intended to reduce the risk of using a joint or limb in a way that might aggravate an injury. Shapeable wrist splints, like MySplint, can help rest muscles, protect a joint, and prevent compression of tissues such as nerves. Wrist splints should be prescribed by doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and other health professionals.

Everyday activities such as sports, work, and video games can cause wrist pain, especially activities that are long performing or repetitive. Wearing wrist braces and custom-fit wrist splints may provide the support you need to help alleviate wrist pain while performing your daily activities and routines.

Common Uses:

  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • joint pain in hands
  • muscle and joint pain
  • de Quervain syndrome
  • pain in wrist
  • numbness in hands

Common Side Effects:

  • uncomfortable
  • arthritis pain
  • itching
  • loss of circulation (cut off)
  • muscle soreness
  • numbness in hands
 
 

 

Top Reasons For Using A Medical-Grade Wrist Splint

  • Sports – Tennis, golf, as well certain positions such as a pitcher in baseball, quarterback in football, or soccer goalie are very strenuous on bones and joints. Overuse or bad form can cause injury or pain.

  • Stocking Shelves – Walk into almost any grocery or retail store and you’re likely to see premium splints being used. Splints and braces are commonly used because of the overuse of the wrist.  Many splints are advertised as being useful for preventing injury or helping with per-existing injuries. If used, they need to be chosen carefully and worn properly. Employees working in stocking or shipping/receiving positions may be at risk. The repetitive motion can strain the wrist.

  • Office Work – Typing on a keyboard and using mouse day after day can cause havoc on your wrists. Adapting ergonomic practices such as proper position at the desk or purchasing ergonomic equipment like a keyboard and mouse can help prevent future problems. Long hours at the computer without proper wrist support may still cause pain.  View an article by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine on Adapting ergonomic practices here. (opens in a new tab)

  • Video Games – Whether you’re a playing games with friends or a professional gamer many spend hours using keyboards, a mouse, or controller without taking a break. 

  • Prior Injury – Prior wrist sprains or weakened muscles and ligaments can cause bone and joint pain.

  • Other Activities – Painting, writing, working with tools, especially if performing these activities for long periods of time are another you way wear a splint.

MySplint Custom Fit Wrist Splints and wrist Braces use advanced proprietary thermoplastics to mold to your body’s unique contours for an exact, supportive fit that promotes fast, effective healing. MySplint's premium wrist splints and braces provide many of the same benefits as professional medical-grade splints at a fraction of the cost.