Here is some advice you should follow in getting the maximum benefit out of a wrist brace.
Braces as Aid for MSD-MSI
First, make sure your wrist brace is the right size; the ones you buy at the drug store are usually specified for a child, small, medium, large and extra large. They are designed to go around the wrist, have an extension for the palm of your hand and a forearm length based on the average sized individual with that sized wrist. For 95% of people in the world, the wrist braces size sold at the drug store are a good fit. In cases where they aren’t the right size, it’s because, in most cases, they are too small when wrapped around the forearm.
Then make certain that you are tightening them in a way that will not bother your injury. Wrist braces work by stopping you from accidentally moving your wrist in a way that will make your injury worse. How much you can move your wrist will depend on the extent of your injury.
Wrist Braces to combat Tendonitis
Wrist braces designed to combat tendonitis should be tightened so that they prevent lateral motion of the wrist; if you hold your hand out straight from your wrist, the plane defined by your thumb and pinkie should be the dimension that your wrist’s motion is constrained within.
Suggestions for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
If you’re trying to remedy carpal tunnel syndrome, you want to keep your wrist from bending downward at all, or upward by more than a few degrees. You’ll also need to be more careful with padding in your wrist brace when dealing with carpal tunnel syndrome.
Staying comfortable when wearing a wrist brace will require you to find stuff on the inside surface such as seams or loose threads that may irritate the skin. Some individuals advise to wrap the hand and wrist and lower forearm in some gauze before wearing the wrist brace. This will provide a buffer, will absorb sweat, and will keep the seams for the brace from rubbing against your skin. Keep your wrist brace clean by washing it twice a week, or more often if necessary, and you can even run it through the washer or dryer without damage.
Additional Information on how to wear a Wrist Brace.
Don’t over tighten your wrist brace. It should be snug, but should not constrict the blood flow to the wrist or hand. There’s a temptation in a lot of people to run the straps as tight as they can go. Put it on, tighten it up and do some routine work, then loosen appropriately. (As a hint, use a sharpie marker to write how tight the straps should go once you’ve figured this out.)
You must remember that braces are designed as aids in the healing process of the wrist or hand Musculoskeletal Injury or disorder. They can indeed help in alleviating pain and stress and also work in conjunction with the prescriptions of your doctor.
In collaboration with:Tom Nicholson spends his time caring for carpal tunnel sufferers..