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The Ultimate Guide to Wrist Braces: Understanding Types, Uses and Proper Fitting

Last Updated: January 18, 2023

Wrist braces are a common device used to support and immobilize the wrist in cases of injury or chronic conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome. They are typically made of a combination of materials such as neoprene, nylon, and Velcro, and can be worn during activities such as typing, lifting, or sports to help prevent further injury or strain.

There are several different types of wrist braces available, each designed for specific purposes. Some common types include:

  • Support braces: These are designed to provide extra support to the wrist and help to prevent further injury. They are typically worn during activities that may cause strain, such as typing or lifting.
  • Immobilization braces: These are designed to keep the wrist in a fixed position, usually to allow healing of an injury or surgery. They are typically worn for a short period of time and under the guidance of a doctor or physical therapist.
  • Carpal Tunnel braces: These are specifically designed to help alleviate the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition caused by compression of the median nerve in the wrist. They help to keep the wrist in a neutral position and relieve pressure on the nerve.

Wrist braces can be worn by anyone who is experiencing pain or discomfort in the wrist. However, it’s always a good idea to consult with a doctor or physical therapist before using one. They can help you determine which type of brace is best for your specific condition and guide you through the process of properly fitting and wearing the brace.

It’s also important to note that while wrist braces can provide temporary relief, they are not a cure for an underlying condition. They should be used in conjunction with other treatments such as physical therapy, medications and lifestyle changes recommended by a doctor or physical therapist to achieve optimal results.

Overall, wrist braces can be an effective tool for managing pain and discomfort in the wrist, but it’s important to use them correctly and under the guidance of a medical professional. With proper use, a wrist brace can help you to return to your daily activities and enjoy a better quality of life. Book your consultation with one of our providers today.