When you hurt, you want to feel better- quickly! If you have arthritis, golfer’s elbow, hammertoes, trigger thumb or other health conditions or injuries, you may need a splint to decrease your pain, improve your function, and help speed up the healing process. But, how do you pick the right level of support for your condition? Most splints are designed with specific support levels in mind—light, moderate, and firm—to apply a specific amount of control depending on how they are worn and how long they are worn.
When choosing a splint, they are commonly labeled according to the degree of support they provide:
Light control splints, like the 3pp® Elbow Wrap for tennis and golfer’s elbow, work by compressing the muscles and tendons to help relieve pain. The elbow wrap allows you a good range of motion while reducing elbow pain caused by twisting or lifting. (If more support is needed, stays and pads can be added to Light splints to create a Light Plus+ support.)
Moderate control splints, such as the 3pp® ThumSling® NP for thumb arthritis, relieve pain and instability with a medium level of compression that controls motion but still allows you to comfortably go about your daytime activities. Moderate level splints provide greater support and resistance to movement with stronger fabric and materials that have less stretch. (Adding stays and pads to these splints increases the support or resistance to motion to create a Moderate Plus+ support.)
Firm splints for more severe pain caused by injury, overuse, and arthritis, are designed to allow joints and tissues to fully rest and heal by limiting or stopping motion. The ThumSaver™ MP for example realigns the thumb’s middle joint to stabilize the base of your thumb, relieving the grinding pain of arthritis and overuse, reducing pain caused by pinching or gripping small items. Because this splint immobilizes and protects the joint, baseball and softball players wear the splint inside their gloves. Firm splints may also be worn when healing from surgery. (If additional support is needed, choose the longer style splints or add pads or stays to create Firm Plus+ support.)
During the day, when you need to move more, you may need a light support splint that provides light compression without restricting motion. A firm, comfortable splint for night limits motion and enables the muscles and joints to rest, reducing pain and inflammation. In some cases, you might need two splints, one for nighttime and one for daytime.Like what you’ve read? Click here to subscribe to the blog!
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