Thumb Supports and Wrist Supports

Effectively Ease Pain in your Thumb, Hand or Wrist

You heavily rely on your thumb, hand and wrist not just to take part in sporting activity, but also to complete everyday tasks. Therefore, if you have damaged this part of your body, it can have a massive inconvenience on your life, lifting a kettle, writing or using cutlery can all be impacted. At PhysioRoom we have multiple products that can ease the discomfort that you experience in your wrist and also protect you from suffering further injuries, such as one of our wrist straps, splints and supports. Alternatively if you are seeking a product to support you during rehabilitation for your thumb injury, then you need to check out our range of thumb splints and supports.

Wrist Supports for Arthritis

Wrist and hand splints reduce pain and help improve grip strength for people with rheumatoid arthritis relieve arthritis pain by providing warmth and compression. The wrap-around style is easy to manage with one hand and ensures a tight fit without impeding blood flow.

Wrist Supports for Tendonitis

A wrist support or wrist splint can help ease tendonitis pain and symptoms by reducing your movement giving the tendon time to rest and heal whilst preventing further injury. Gentle stretching exercises can help alleviate the symptoms of tendonitis. Seek advice from a chartered physiotherapist who can set you specific exercises to perform daily and help you prevent the condition from worsening. Compression braces and cold compresses can help reduce swelling caused by Tendonitis.

Post Surgery Thumb & Wrist Support Braces

Our range of post-op bracing supports are ideal for use following thumb and wrist surgery. In our range you’ll find wrist braces, splints and supports that can help with the recovery from conditions such as: broken thumb, thumb ligament injuries, skier’s thumb, wrist sprains, thumb sprains, wrist instability, weak and arthritic wrists and wrist pain.

One of our favourite style of wrist supports for post-op bracing caters for a range of injuries by incorporating removable stabilisers, which you can add or remove depending on the type of support you require. The dual stabilisers – one which fits onto the inside of your wrist and one which fits onto the outside – help keep the wrist secure and supported. The thumb spica support, meanwhile, provides that extra stability to the thumb. Wrist braces with an immobilisation system can be used during rehabilitation of a number of injuries including; chronic and post traumatic injury, nerve paralysis, sprains, following use of plaster cast and rheumatoid arthritis. Wrist supports designed to encase the wrist and restrict movement offer maximum support.

Thumb & Wrist Supports for Sports

Wearing one of our sports wrist supports can help prevent a number of potential wrist injuries. This high quality range of supports are ideal for sports injuries related to tennis, golf and squash which depend heavily on repetitive wrist movements. In our range you’ll find supports that can help with conditions such as: wrist sprains, thumb sprains, wrist instability, weak and arthritic wrists and wrist pain.

Wrist straps that have been designed to manage pain caused by joint or tendon overuse in the wrist or thumb are also a great option for sports. Providing adjustable compression and support, the wrist strap has been made from heat therapeutic neoprene, which helps to provide warmth and support to muscles and joints to aid weak, injured or arthritic wrists. It’s perfect to help with strain caused by repetitive wrist movements such as occupational and sporting activities.

Wrist supports that feature an adjustable wrap-around strap are easy to fit and has mesh materials to ensure of total comfort. Wrist wraps and straps help to relieve pain and provides firm support to a weakened or strained wrist as well as helping to prevent further injury and stabilisation during sporting activities.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can you get arthritis in your hand and thumb?

Yes, often we don’t realise how much we use our thumbs until they become painful. Like any synovial joint, excess load can lead to joint degeneration and arthritis. Unfortunately, as arthritis is a degenerative disease there is little we can do to cure the problem completely. However, the symptoms of arthritis can be managed to help reduce pain and improve function and quality of life. Thumb and wrist splints can help reduce aggravation and pain around the joints, hot and cold packs can also be applied to reduce pain and minimise discomfort. Long-term management of arthritis includes modifying any aggravating activities, such as typing, writing or driving either through postural changes or specific equipment that can offload the structures around the wrist and thumb. Latest research shows that gentle movement can help alleviate the symptoms of arthritis. Therefore, gentle range of movement exercises of the thumb and hand, for example using elastic bands or low weights to strengthen the supporting muscles and tendons, can provide relief. Seek advice from a chartered physiotherapist who can set you specific exercises to perform daily and help you prevent the condition from worsening.

How do you know if you fractured your thumb?

If you have fallen and injured your thumb, an X-ray will help determine whether the injury is soft tissue (muscles, tendons and ligaments) or a bone fracture. If the pain does not settle in a few days, seek advice from a doctor who will help decide whether an X-ray may be appropriate.

What do you do if you break your thumb?

If a fracture is identified with an X-ray, like any broken bone it will require immobilisation, which is usually achieved at the thumb with a spica splint. The location of the thumb fracture may determine the prognosis of the injury. Fractures to the base of the metacarpal bone often remain un-displaced therefore; immobilisation for 6-8 weeks usually allows adequate healing. However, if the fracture has occurred to the shaft, neck or head of the metacarpal, the two parts of bone may have become displaced and therefore require surgery to fixate the fractured pieces with pins, plates or wires. After immobilisation, the thumb will be stiff and weak. With guidance of a chartered physiotherapist, gentle stretching and range of movement exercises should be initiated to regain function and strength around the joint.

What is a thumb spica splint?

A thumb spica splint is a splint that offers support to the thumb and wrist but allows the other four digits to move and function normally. A spica splint is ideal to help support the structures around the thumb after an injury or when pain is caused by repetitive movements or arthritis.

Do wrist splints help carpal tunnel?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is often caused by repetitive wrist and hand movements. Typing, operating machinery, writing and drawing are all examples of activities that can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel splints can help by supporting the wrist during these movements so that ligaments, tendons and muscles around the joints are not overloaded. A wrist support can greatly help you continue with activities of daily life and help minimise symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, however, the root cause should still be found and exercises and stretches implemented so that a wrist splint for carpal tunnel does not become relied upon.

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