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There are a number of different wrist support options on the market, offering either compression, stability or both. For thumb specific injuries there are also thumb support (spica) options which immobilise just the thumb so that your wrist and fingers are not impaired.
Diagnosis is essential in being able to determine the right product for you, however the severity of an injury can also determine this and what your needs are i.e. a mild sprain may simply require a compressive wrist support whereas a bad sprain may require a more rigid design to offer stability.
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Selecting the right level of wrist support is important to effectively manage your injury and ensure you’re fully protected. Here’s a brief look at the differences.
Low: A low level of wirst support is normally used following a mild sprain or a thumb injury where the focus is in the application of compression, whilst the thumb can be immobilised through the use of a spica.
Moderate: A moderate level of wrist support is recommended where an additional level of support is required following your wrist injury, offering compression and a degree of stability. Some braces are also designed to manage specific conditions such as Carpal Tunnel.
High: Where there is instability in the wrist joint then a rigid wrist support offers a high level of wrist support, offering compression as well as restricting your range of motion to minimise the risk of further damage being caused during recovery.
In many professions and hobbies the hand is at risk of injury. This could be through overuse injuries, doing repetitive tasks at work. Or during free time, using the hands to break a fall during a ski trip. As you use your hands so often any injury is painful and debilitating, with the constant risk of aggravating the damage. A wrist support can be prescribed following injury to the area in an attempt to stabilise the wrist and allow it to heal. Similar supports can also help in the recovery from injuries to the thumb and conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
For further information on finding the source of the problem visit our wrist injuries section.