A wrist brace provides support to the wrist joint and surrounding muscles and ligaments. Here are five reasons to wear a wrist brace:
1. Pain relief
Wearing a wrist brace can help to alleviate pain caused by wrist injuries or conditions, such as RSI, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) or Osteoarthritis (OA).
By providing support to the wrist joint, a wrist brace can help to improve the function of the wrist and hand. Compression relieves swelling and pain. Look for wrist braces that offer adjustable straps so you can adjust the level of compression and support to your preference
2. Stabilization and Support
A wrist brace can help to stabilize the wrist joint, which can be especially helpful for people who have unstable or weak wrists, whether caused by injury or arthritis.
Structured support and stability under and above the wrist (on the palmer and dormer sides of the hand) keeps the hand in the neutral position. This minimizes pressure on the median nerve, to relieve Carpal Tunnel Syndrome symptoms.
Grace & Able Wrist Braces are designed to provide additional stability under the thumb, important for people with arthritis, especially CMC (thumb) osteoarthritis.
3. Protection from knocks and bumps
A wrist brace can provide protection for the wrist joint, helping to prevent further injury or damage.
It also provides a sense of confidence and security as you go about your daily activities.
4. Increased and decreased mobility
In some cases, wearing a wrist brace can help to improve mobility in the wrist joint, allowing you to move your hand more freely because the wrist is stabilized.
A wrist brace can also be used to restrict the movement of hyper-mobile joints, for example in people with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS).
5. Non-invasive and affordable
Wrist braces are an affordable treatment option, covered by most insurance plans, as well as HSA / FSA card programs.
They are a great way to manage pain and swelling without adding additional medications, and before moving to invasive procedures like surgery. There is evidence to show that wearing orthopedic bracing reduces and delays the need for invasive procedures.