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Wrist Splints Vs. Wrist Braces: What's The Difference

Authored by Pat McAssey
December 1, 2020

Wrist splints and wrist braces have been shown to provide significant pain relief for patients suffering from a variety of conditions. People use wrist stabilizers not only for acute injuries, but also for chronic conditions.

So if you’re looking to treat a wrist injury at home, you likely have questions about whether you should use a wrist brace or a wrist splint.

What Is A Wrist Brace?

A wrist brace is a device that is designed to prevent further agitation of the joint by immobilizing your wrist. Braces are typically made of fairly rigid fabric or include a rigid stay and are intended to treat relatively minor injuries. Some conditions that are treatable using wrist braces are:

  • Minor Wrist Sprains
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

What Is A Wrist Splint?

A wrist splint is an immobilizer that is intended to treat more serious injuries. Similar to braces, wrist splints are made from a stiff fabric. However, unlike braces, wrist splints feature a rigid piece of metal or plastic to further strengthen them. Due to this extra level of stability, wrist splints are used to treat conditions such as:

  • Major Wrist Sprains
  • Wrist Fractures
  • Carpal Tunnel

What Makes MySplint Different From Other Splints?

The MySplint Form Fitting Wrist Brace provides the stability you’d expect from a professional grade splint, at a reasonable price. It’s < href="https://www.mysplints.com/mysplint-technology/">thermoplastic core allows you to remold the splint up to five times, ensuring it provides the perfect support for your unique wrist anatomy.

Short-Term Solution

It’s important to note that a wrist stabilizer such as a brace or a splint can work very well to provide short-term symptom relief, but should not be used as a permanent fix. Prolonged use of an immobilizer could result in a weakened wrist. Ultimately patients should try to strengthen their wrist so they can naturally stabilize the joint through physical therapy and/or regular exercise.

The information in this blog is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. Speak with your doctor before using any type of splint to determine the appropriate protocol for use. Life Wear Technologies LLC, disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information.


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