A wrist splint is a brace that looks like a fingerless glove. It
stabilizes the wrist in a straight and sometimes slightly bent-back position. A
wrist splint can be worn to support the wrist while holding it firm and still
A good wrist splint should:
Be comfortable, washable, durable, and easy to
Keep the wrist in a neutral position. The wrist is
generally in a neutral position when the person is holding a glass of water,
with the thumb in line with the forearm.
Restrict wrist movements
while allowing fine hand movements, such as writing or typing.
Splints are available without a prescription from a drugstore or
with a prescription from an orthopedic or medical supply house. Physical and
occupational therapists can custom-fit splints made from lightweight materials.
Health professionals usually do not recommend long-term use of splints (more
than 72 hours) because the muscles in the hand or wrist can become weak.
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & David Messenger, MD
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