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Your wrist is the joint between the two bones of the lower arm (radius and ulna), and the five bones of the hand which is made up of eight carpal bones. The muscles and tendons attach to all of these bones allowing you to rotate your wrist (e.g. screwing in a light bulb), bend and flex your wrist (e.g. bouncing a basketball) and move your thumb to the edge of your hand, (e.g. writing with a pen). Because of the complexity and frequent use of the wrist joint, injuries are common.
In this guide, we will walk you through some of the most common conditions of the wrist and outline which Wrist support or Wrist Brace may be most suitable in facilitating enhanced comfort for these conditions. We understand how difficult it can be to find the best wrist support so hopefully, this in-depth guide helps provide you with the solution you are looking for.
Moderate to severe soft tissue injuries to muscles, ligaments and tendons that surround and support our joints which should be stabilised after medical care to support good healing.
Wrist Supports and Wrist Braces that may be suitable for soft tissue wrist injuries:
A disease that slowly destroys the cushioning cartilage covering a joint surface, causing inflammation, pain and stiffening as bones rub against one another.
Wrist Supports and Wrist Braces that may be suitable for arthritis:
Advanced arthritis with increasing reduction of cartilage and deformation of the underlying bone.
Wrist Supports and Wrist Braces that may be suitable for Osteoarthritis or Degenerative Joint Disease:
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease characterised by joint swelling, joint tenderness, and destruction of synovial joints.
Wrist Supports and Wrist Braces that may be suitable for Rheumatoid Arthritis:
Occurs when the tunnel becomes narrowed or when the tissue surrounding the flexor tendons swell. This puts pressure on the median nerve as it travels through the wrist. It appears as a painful condition with typical numbness in the hand. In most cases it’s induced by an overuse or repetitive movement of the hand and wrist.
A strained, inflamed, or slight tear of the tendons from the muscle, commonly due to overuse. Symptoms include tenderness, nagging pain and mild swelling while moving.
Wrist Supports and Wrist Braces that may be suitable for Tendonitis:
A twist, pull and/or tear of a muscle and/or tendons.
Wrist Supports and Wrist Braces that may be suitable for Strains:
When a sudden forceful twist or blow forces the wrist beyond its natural range of motion. This movement may cause stretching and/or tearing of the ligaments around the wrist joint, resulting in sudden pain, acute swelling and bruising. The degree of sprain can range from mild (slight stretching) to severe (complete tearing).
Wrist Supports and Wrist Braces that may be suitable for Sprains:
After a cast has been removed, the wrist and/or hand may feel weak, additional stabilisation may be required during the healing process.
Wrist Supports and Wrist Braces that may be suitable for after cast removal:
The information provided is for educational purposes only and not intended for self-diagnosis or treatment. Always consult a physician or health care professional to obtain an accurate diagnosis and when encountering persistent pain, discomfort, inflammation or swelling.
The medical content provided was developed and summarised by medical professionals on behalf of Essity T/A BSN medical and is based on the most current available orthopaedic knowledge.
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*Always consult a physician or health care professional to obtain an accurate diagnosis and when encountering persistent pain, discomfort, inflammation or swelling.
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