Wrist compression

The wrist is a delicate joint that is affected by repetitive movements or injuries through hyperextensions such as wrist sprains, but also conditions such as tendonitis, arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome. In order to assist the healing process and reduce wrist pain, medi offers a comprehensive range of supports and braces for your wrist that work with compression and splints.

When to wear a wrist splint or brace

Generally, if you experience wrist pain or swelling you should get your wrist looked at by a doctor. They will know, if a wrist support would be the right treatment for you and recommend what kind would help you best in your recovery.

A common condition that requires a wrist brace is carpal tunnel syndrome . Repetitive movements cause inflammation in the carpal tunnel. Keeping the wrist in a neutral position with a wrist splint or brace removes the strain on the wrist and lets the inflammation heal. Other common repetitive strain injuries include wrist tendonitis and arthritis.

Wrist injuries from sports or accidents also often require wrist braces or supports. A sprained wrist happens quickly but luckily also heals easily when treated right. Wrist splints keep the joint in the neutral position, taking strain off the wrist and preventing further injury. Compression increases blood flow and helps to reduce the swelling. Wrist supports can also help with thumb sprains.

Wrist supports and braces

Whether to choose a wrist brace, wrist support or a wrist splint depends on your injury or condition and how much it's already healed. Generally, the more severe the wrist is affected, the more support it needs. After surgery, complete immobilisation is needed for the wrists to heal in the right position, so a brace with splints is the right choice. Has the bone healed completely or at least mostly, wrist supports without metal splints can help to deal with the remaining symptoms like pain and swelling, but compression also helps the scar tissue to heal since it improves circulation.

Minor injuries often don't need to be immobilised completely, stabilisation from the compression is enough for the tendons and muscles to recover. The tight-fittings wrist wraps apply constant gentle pressure and keep the area warm. For some injuries, cold therapy is advised. In those cases you should use a brace without compression. It will keep the wrist stabilized and offer space in between the splints to apply cold compresses or cooling gels. Which support or brace is right for your wrist condition should always be determined by a doctor.

Caring for wrist braces and other medical aids

Wrist support braces are meant to be worn for longer periods, which means that they collect dust and dirt over time. Plastic or metal wrist braces can simply be wiped clean with mild soap and a wet cloth. Compression supports, depending on the material, can often be machine-washed at a low temperature and should be air-dried. Each medi product comes with specific washing instructions. Please check those before washing your wrist support for the first time.

Compression garments and more by medi

All medi products are developed by medical experts to ensure the right tools are available to patients to deal with anything from wrist sprains to carpal tunnel syndrome. Apart from medical aids for the wrists, medi also offer supports and braces for knees, ankles, shoulders and more. If you would like more information about our products or need help finding the right product and correct size for you, please contact us so we can help.

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