Find the Best Wrist Brace to Treat or Prevent an Injury
You might not know it, but wrist pain is a fairly common occurrence for people across different age brackets and professions. Typically, there are various causes of this problem, but some of the most common include the following: tendonitis, sprain, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, ganglion cyst, and fractures, among many others.
Aside from the usual rest, ice/heat application, anti-inflammatory medication, and—in extreme cases—cortisone injections and even wrist surgery, one of the best ways to treat wrist conditions and injury is by wearing hand and wrist braces. Wrist support braces can mainly help patients who have suffered recent sprain injury or even those who tend to injure their wrists easily. These hand and wrist supports can not only help prevent some wrist injuries and disorders but can also help act as a gentle support while doing wrist movements and can help you perform simple activities while rehabilitating from a wrist pain.
Whether it be a sprain or strain, fracture or for post-operative use, inflammation, or repetitive-use injury like carpal tunnel syndrome, BraceAbility has the perfect wrist and hand braces for you.
The Ideal Carpal Tunnel Brace
Carpal tunnel syndrome is probably one of the most common wrist disorders. It is a condition wherein pressure is felt on the median nerve, the nerve found in the wrist that is responsible for supplying movement and feeling to the other parts of the hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome can often lead to weakness, numbness, tingling, or even muscle damage to the hand and fingers.
So what causes carpal tunnel syndrome? The carpal tunnel is the area of the wrist where the median nerve enters the hand. The carpal tunnel is relatively narrow, so any swelling can pinch the nerve, thereby causing pain and the aforementioned weakness, numbness, and tingling.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is most common in those who perform repetitive movements of the wrist and hand. Using a keyboard for hours at a time is perhaps one of the most common causes of carpal tunnel syndrome, though other causes may include playing certain sports, driving, sewing, using hand tools, painting, and writing, among others.
For prevention or treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, wrist supports and wrist braces may be used so you can enjoy long-term stability and pressure-relief on the wrist while leaving your fingers completely free for improved coordination while writing, typing, or playing sports. This therapeutic wrist support brace also helps relieve hand and wrist pain related to carpal tunnel syndrome.
The Perfect Sports Wrist Braces
We at BraceAbility have the perfect sports wrist supports available for your athletic needs. The ideal athletic wrist brace for golfers, tennis players, or for any kind of sports enthusiast. In fact, it is also an excellent baseball wrist support, an ideal tennis wrist brace, and the perfect volleyball wrist brace. Our neoprene wrist wraps can bring comfort to your tired hands and fingers within minutes of putting it on, and not only helps energize individuals who need extra wrist support but also significantly enhances comfort and mobility while you play your chosen sport. The knitted joint support stabilizes the wrist through controlled compression, and the velcro strap may be applied when additional support or stabilization is needed, especially while engaging in sports activities. And because it promotes proprioception, this athletic wrist support thus heightens sensory awareness in the wrist for increased joint stabilization.
Pediatric Size Orthopedic Braces for Children
Kids are constantly moving around, whether that be in sports, at school, around the yard, or even in the house. This makes children more vulnerable to injuries due to their bones are still growing and changing.
As a parent, it can be extremely difficult to try to prevent your child from falling, jamming their fingers, etc. If your child somehow was to injure themselves, it can be frustrating finding a pediatric brace that fits your son or daughter perfectly. Most orthopedic braces are made specifically for adults which leaves your child swimming in the brace.
Wrist & Hand Supports for Common Fractures in Adolescents
A common part of the body that children injure is the arm, hand, or fingers. These areas catch an adolescent if they’re about to fall, making them prone to fractures, sprains, and strains in the arm. Fractures are classified into two different categories, “non-displaced,” when the broken ends are in a normal position or “displaced,” when the two ends are separated.
Here are common fractures that occur in children’s arms or hands:
- Torus fracture: Also called a "buckle" fracture. When the topmost layer of bone on one side of the bone is compressed, causing the other side to bend away from the growth plate. This is a stable, nondisplaced fracture.
- Metaphyseal fracture: The break is across the shaft of the bone and does not affect the growth plate.
- Greenstick fracture: The break extends through a portion of the bone, causing it to bend on the other side.
- Galeazzi fracture: Affects both lower arm bones; there is usually a displaced fracture in the radius and a dislocation at the wrist where the radius and ulna come together.
- Monteggia fracture: Affects both lower arm bones; there is usually a fracture in the ulna, and the head of the radius is dislocated. This is a very severe injury and requires urgent care.
- Growth plate fracture: Also called a physeal fracture. The break occurs at or across the growth plate. Usually, these fractures affect the growth plate near the wrist on the radius.
There are two very important fractures above on this list that occur most frequently in children. Those being the greenstick fracture and buckle fracture. These fractures usually only happen to adolescents because it involves the bone bending but not breaking completely, whereas adult bones usually break completely if they were to get in an accident.
What are the most common treatments for these different fractures you ask? Although a cast may be an option that a doctor might offer, most individuals are moving towards using splints or removable braces for their child. Our youth wrist and thumb splint not only helps support the wrist but doesn’t restrict any swelling, allowing for the utmost comfort for your child.
Kid’s Finger Injury Splint Support
Alongside arm and hand injuries come finger injuries in children. Children are prone to accidentally slipping their fingers in drawers, doors, or dropping something on their little fingers. If your child plays a youth sport such as basketball, finger jams are also common and can be painful. Some injuries may just need tape for a few days to help stabilize the finger, but others need extra attention that a piece of tape won’t suffice.
How do you know if your child needs a finger splint or medical attention? Check out some of these symptoms commonly paired with finger jams, breaks, and sprained fingers.
- Weakness or Numbness
- Inability to bend or move the finger
- Disfiguration, the finger is bent in an abnormal way
Making a Youth Pediatric Finger or Hand Splint Better for Your Child
Having your child in pain while healing from an injury is never fun, but there are many ways to comfort and make the healing process faster and easier.
Below are suggestions to consider for your injured child:
- One of the advantages of a removable splint, sling, or stabilizer is that you can adjust the straps to the ideal comfort and position for your child. Make sure when you’re securing the brace, to consider the swelling levels and adjust it based on that.
- To help speed up the healing, apply the treatment R.I.C.E to your kid’s injury. R.I.C.E stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. This treatment is advised for any injury. Read more on our blog!
- If your child has broken, fractured, or sprained their arm, wrist, or hand, a splint or cast is most commonly used to support and heal their injury. For a young child, it can be tiresome hauling around a heavy cast or brace. To help give extra support, add an arm sling to give their arm a break!
- Your child may not understand that when healing during an injury, they aren’t able to do as many of the activities they were used to when they were healthy. It’s a good idea to create fun and new ways your child can play safely while in a brace, that way they don’t feel as though they are missing out.
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